Book Club's Title for September: 'Last Call'

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Book Club's Title for September: 'Last Call'

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Cover image of Daniel Okrent's nonfiction book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionThe Prohibition era was one of the most vibrant and socially complex eras of twentieth century United States history. In this wonderful narrative, which was featured in Ken Burn’s PBS documentary Prohibition, Daniel Okrent weaves together the various sociopolitical trends that were coming to a head during this time of social upheaval: the women’s suffrage movement, xenophobia toward Germans as a consequence of World War I, the rise of the automobile and the institutionalization of the income tax, to name a few.

Along the way, we meet some real characters in the most diverse settings: Manhattan speakeasies, California vineyards, New England fishing communities and the halls of Congress — all of these with a part to play in the promotion of liquor during a time when it was illegal.

Check out a copy of Last Call and join us!

The book club meets the second Wednesday each month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room on the main floor of the Mt. Pleasant Library. For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.