2469 Moores Road
Adults are invited to read and discuss the Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport at the North Adams Library Adult Book Club, at 5:30 p.m., on Thurs., Jan. 31. Copies of the book are available at the North Adams Library. Don’t wait in line, listen to the audiobook, which is available on Hoopla. Or, you may use OverDrive to download the audiobook or ebook.
Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.