We selected a fictionalized biography Georgia by Dawn Tripp for our June 20 gathering. This fictionalized biography of one of the best-known artists of the last century begins with Georgia O’Keeffe as a young woman teaching in Texas. When her sketches make their way to Alfred Stieglitz, photographer and gallery owner in New York, the two meet. Stieglitz encourages O’Keeffe to develop her artistry, but she also becomes the inspiration for his work. When Stieglitz shows his nude portraits of her, Georgia is launched into the spotlight overnight. It is a defining moment for them both, one that Georgia repeatedly reevaluates as she fights to distance herself from the woman in the photographs and have her painting recognized for its artistry, not its femininity. Details from letters and other writings are the backbone of this powerful interpretation of the artist’s personal growth throughout her relationship with Stieglitz. As vibrant and colorful as one would hope for a story about this beloved artist, Tripp’s novel clearly takes liberties, but the relative truth painted with them is well worth the straying. There are many copies in the Westchester Library System, including electronic and Large Print. Please let Dorothy know you will be coming. For further information, call the Ethical Society at 914-941-3544.