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Welcome to the Online Book Club discussion of The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood. Each week this month, I will post a new blog entry which details more information about the book and movie. Hopefully, these blog posts will spark a discussion which can take place in the comments section below.

The Butler, in case you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, tells about the life of Eugene Allen, a man who worked as a butler in the White House for thirty-four years. Allen worked with eight different presidents, so he was able to see many different aspects of American history firsthand. He was in the White House when Kennedy was shot, he served through the Vietnam conflict, and he saw firsthand how Reagan dealt with apartheid in South Africa.

If you’re interested in following along with us this month, you can check out a copy of the book at your local library, or you can download it through our ebook service, OverDrive. If you want to follow along but don’t want to read the book, feel free to watch the movie instead. You can check out the DVD at your local library, or you can download the movie on our streaming video service, Hoopla.

I hope to hear from you in the comments section! Here’s the movie trailer to entice you to read or watch along with us this month:


2 Responses to “The Butler: Week 1”

  1. Carrol

    What a great story! Of course, I have heard about the movie, but I never knew what it was really about until I read this book.

    I experienced several emotions while reading this book. I felt Eugene’s excitement as he anticipated the election of President Obama. I could feel his determination to cast his vote. It was heartwarming to read about the way he was treated by each president. I was saddened by the death of his wife before she could cast her vote. Their devotion
    and love was evident.

    Reading about the making of the movie was interesting, but I really wanted to read more about Eugene’s life.

    • Erin K.

      Carrol, I totally agree with your assessment of the book. I loved how the book told of Eugene and his devotion to his wife. I couldn’t believe that she died right before she was able to vote for President Obama. That was so sad to me.

      I also agree that I thought the book should have told more about Eugene. I am curious to learn more about his family or more about his early life.

      Thanks for chiming in again!

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