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A Chautauqua Idyl was Grace's second book, but the first book published under her own name.

It was written to earn the money for a family trip from their home in Florida to New York for the 1887 Recognition Day at Chautauqua. Grace, her father, and her aunt (Pansy) were slated to graduate from its Literary Circle and she was determined to be there in person for the all of the pageantry of the celebration. She even read a poem written for the occasion as part of the ceremony.

Grace hand-painted the cover of her own personal copy of the book to reflect its subject—the trees, the flowers, and the animals meeting for their own Chautauqua.

2019 GLH Reading List

January: The Gold Shoe (1930)

February: Job's Niece (1927)

March: Lo, Michael (1913)

April: Kerry (1931)

May: Duskin (1929)

June: Head of the House (1940)

July: Ladybird (1930)

August: A Voice in the Wilderness (1916) Bonus: First, read  the connected book, "The Man of the Desert," for some character "backstory."

September: Coming Through the Rye (1926)

October: Tomorrow About This Time (1923)

November: Amorelle (1934)

December: By Way of the Silverthorns (1941)

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