Nina Sankovitch, author of The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, has a new book coming out in March 2020, titled American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution
AmericanRebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution.
In American Rebels, Sankovitch follows the intertwined lives of John Hancock, John Adams, Josiah Quincy Junior, Abigail Smith Adams, and Dorothy Quincy Hancock, all of whom spent their childhoods in Braintree, Massachusetts. How it that such prominent leaders of the American revolution all came from a tiny village? The answer is fascinating, complex, inspiring, and largely unexplored — and makes for great story-telling.
Together, the families witnessed the horrors of the Boston Massacre, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill; the trials and tribulations of the Siege of Boston; meetings of the Continental Congress; transatlantic missions for peace and their abysmal failures; and the final steps that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
American Rebels explores how the desire for independence cut across class lines, binding people together as well as dividing them―rebels versus loyalists―as they pursued commonly-held goals of opportunity, liberty, and stability. Nina Sankovitch’s new book is a fresh history of our revolution that makes readers look more closely at Massachusetts and the small town of Braintree when they think about the story of America’s early years.
The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, Sankovitch’s third book and the first to be published by the wonderful St. Martin’s Press, tells the story of the Lowell family, from Percival Lowle’s arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639 through the blazing of Amy Lowell’s poetic glory in the early twentieth century.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
Sankovitch’s discovery of the letters of James Seligman and his family, along with her lifelong love of letters and the fact that her oldest son was leaving for college sent Sankovitch on a quest to understand the history of letter writing, and to define the qualities of letters that make them so special.
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading