Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in History. She is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, and Vernon Can Read!, a memoir she co-authored with Vernon Jordan.

Sibling Tales

Jill Lepore’s ‘Book of Ages’ about Benjamin Franklin’s sister Jane didn’t win the National Book Award last night, but it reveals profound truths about sibling relationships and how far women have come since that time.