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7pm: Betty Arnett (reading) & the Hot Club of Nunaka (live gypsy jazz)

September 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Betty Arnett has written two books about working at the Jesse Lee Home in Seward in the 1950s. She was just out of college at the age of 22, and with no parental skills, she suddenly became the other to 11 little boys at the Home.

Just out of college, Betty Jane adventures from Tennessee to Seward, Alaska, to become a housemother at Jesse Lee Home for children. She arrives fearful that someone will learn of her romantic adventures enroute and find them unbecoming of a young woman, who was sent by the Methodist church to care for eleven little boys. With no parenting skills, how will she wade through all of the children’s disputes, temper tantrums, and tattling? Was her new reality that of referee, disciplinarian, counselor, nurse, as well as housemother? She soon learns these are the minimum instant mother qualifications. 22 and the Mother of 11 is an engaging, delightful, entertaining, and humorous Alaska memoir.

The books are “22 and the Mother of 11,” Books One and Two.

Book 2 just came out in June and will be presented to The Writer’s Block, and then Betty’s son Hans will be playing with The Hot Club of Nunaka (gypsy jazz).


September 28, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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