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History Book Group: Teddy Roosevelt

When Jan 23, 2014
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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The Decorah Public Library history book group will discuss David McCullough’s Mornings on Horseback at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 23 on the 2nd floor of the library. Books are currently available for checkout at the front desk.


Mornings on Horseback is about the world of the young Theodore Roosevelt. It is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood, an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household (and rarefied social world) in which he was raised.

The span of time is seventeen years- from 1869, when little “Teedie” is ten, to 1886 when, as a hardened “real life cowboy,” he returns from the West to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit.


“Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough,” Roosevelt once wrote. It is the key to his life and to much that is so memorable in McCullough’s book.

The history book group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month; newcomers are always welcome. The group will discuss “The Wars of the Roses” by Alison Weir on Thurs. Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Call Kristin at 563-382-3717 with questions.