book talk


You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

TimeWednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline – This is a change

PLEASE NOTE: Due to travel constraints, we are shifting this event from in person to virtual. Please register to receive a reminder email with the Zoom link prior to the event.

Please join us for a talk by historian and New York Times best-selling author Alexis Coe on her book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, which takes a closer look at our first president and finds he is not quite the man we remember. Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down—even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation's hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency—twice. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty confronted his greatest hypocrisy—what to do with the men, women, and children he owned—before he succumbed to death. Coe’s form-shattering book combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers—including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads—inhaling every word.

The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available online from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or

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