Book Talk

These books help us imagine life in Boston in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

One Boy’s Boston: 1887-1901, a memoir by famous historian Samuel Eliot Morison, details his boyhood growing up on a  Beacon Hill that teemed with trolleys and horses.

Boston Girl. by Anita Diamant is a novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis 1850-1900 by Stephen Puleo tells in dramatic narrative the many breathtaking changes in Boston during that period: the abolitionist movement, the construction of the Back Bay, the development of the subway, the Irish immigration and so much more.


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