Lois Leveen, author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, on tour May 2012

Posted By on May 3, 2012

About The Secrets of Mary Bowser

• Paperback: 496 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (May 15, 2012)

Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman’s willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history

All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

Life in the North brings new friendships, a courtship, and a far different education than Mary ever expected, one that leads her into the heart of the abolition movement. With the nation edging toward war, she defies Virginia law by returning to Richmond to care for her ailing father—and to fight for emancipation. Posing as a slave in the Confederate White House in order to spy on President Jefferson Davis, Mary deceives even those who are closest to her to aid the Union command.

Just when it seems that all her courageous gambles to end slavery will pay off, Mary discovers that everything comes at a cost—even freedom.

About Lois Leveen

Award-winning author Lois Leveen’s work has appeared in the New York Times, on NPR, and in literary journals and anthologies. A former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Lois’ Tour Stops

Wednesday, May 16th: Man of La Book

Monday, May 21st: Bookworm’s Dinner

Wednesday, May 23rd: A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, May 24th: Life In Review

Friday, May 25th: “That’s Swell!”

Monday, May 28th: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, May 29th: Just Joanna

Wednesday, May 30th: Book Journey

Thursday, May 31st: A Cozy Reader’s Corner

Thursday, May 31st: Unabridged Chick

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