The Butler by Wil Haygood is based on the story of Eugene Allen, a black butler in the White House, serving eight American Presidents from Truman to Reagan for a period of 34 years. His story was recently made into a movie starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and was inspired by Haygoods article to The Washington Post in 2008 which looked at the life of Eugene Allen from his humble beginnings on a Virginia plantation and into old age when he cast his vote for the first black president. Upon Allen's death, the London Independent recalled him as "a discreet stage hand who for three decades helped keep the show running in the most important political theartre of all."
Green Vanilla Tea by Marie Williams
Winner of the 2013 Finch Memoir Prize
This is a story of one families compassion and courage as they live through a heartbreaking journey as Marie watches as an undiagnosable condition progressively debilitates her husband, Dominic. As the condition develops, Dominic begins to disappear behind an expressionless face and a relentless desire to walk at all hours of the day and night.
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