Book of Ages

The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Lepore, Jill

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Book of Ages
A revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a wholly different account of the founding of the United States.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780307958341
Branch Call Number: 973.3092 M487L 2013
Characteristics: xiv, 442 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm


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Nov 13, 2014
  • hepsabar rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While I agree that this book is well researched I became irritable reading it due to the obvious and frequent vitriol expressed towards Ben ... for me a very negative-sounding "voice" of the author. She says early on that there isn't much preserved on Jane, but she tells her story through what she [Jane] "must have felt" about her brother. And Lepore obviously does not like him!
In the end, I had to stop reading it.

2014 Plutarch Award for Best Biography- Finalist

May 22, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I agree with all the previous comments in praising this book. It explains the conditions during the years of the American colonies and the founding of our country from the point of view of a person who lived it rather than just dry facts and dates.

May 19, 2014
  • LorientFaradayMaurice rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Wholly different" is a just clause to describe Jane Franklin and her biography...Jill Lepore had a job on her hands writing (As all historians do) a biography of her, and she attained an astonishingly good work. Jane Franklin was one of the many amazing people of the ages. This does justice, not just to Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Samuel Adams but to the pedestrians. That might have done a lot, had they be given the chance. They DO deserve to be recognized. This provides an interesting look.
Reader-Take my word for it and do read this book.


May 18, 2014
  • jaustion51 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was amazed how much information the author had researched on Jane. I had read a book about Franklin and wondered what Jane must have thought about his flirtations.

Feb 20, 2014
  • miaone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book, one of the best I ever read. Part biography of Jane, part biography of Ben, part history, part novel -- a wonderful mix of all. I can't recommend this book highly enough.


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