Date(s) - Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Public Library

The February 27, 2018 Adult Book Discussion Group at Salem Public Library will travel back to the 1970’s with the book “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst”. This book by Jeffrey Toobin is the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an era of American history. On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a college senior and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). On April 3, the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and renamed herself “Tania.” The weird turns of the tale are astonishing–the Hearst family trying to secure Patty’s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the photographs capturing Patty carrying a machine gun during a bank robbery; the largest breaking news event to be broadcast live on television across the country; Patty’s year running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a last-minute reversal. Jeffrey Toobin weaves the peculiarity of the facts into a true life drama unlike any others in American history.

Join in the discussion of this strange series of events when the group meets at 7 pm in the library’s Quaker Room located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH. The book may be borrowed from the library. No registration is required and participation is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

Adult Book Discussion Group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month except during the holidays in December. If you would like more information call the library at 330-332-0042.