East Bay Smith College Club

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Club News

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  • October 29, 2016: Fall Potluck in Berkeley If you are on our email list you should have already received an invitation to the fall potluck on October 29. If not, here's a link: http://whoozin.com ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 5:12 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Theater Outing: Emperor Jones 2pm Matinee Oct 2, 2016 at Tao House in Danville This year we've decided to see Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones.  The play is part of Danville’s yearly Eugene O’Neill festival.  The unique thing about ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:28 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • SAVE THE DATE: Annual Potluck October 29, 2016 Our Annual Potluck will be held October 29th at 4:00pm at the home of Deebie Symmes ‘81 and John Hood. 2432 Oregon Street, Berkeley. Look for an invite with ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:15 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • Photos from Julia Morgan Event I've posted some photos from the June 1 Smith+Mills event at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Check out the album on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2016, 9:48 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • June 1 2016: Smith+Mills+Julia Morgan at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden   Carol Christ, Marilyn Schuster and Susan Van Dyne invite you to a pop-up celebration of pioneering architect Julia Morgan. Follow this link for details and to RSVP: June 1 ...
    Posted May 4, 2016, 9:48 AM by Sherrill Lavagnino
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What Are We Reading?




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  • May 2017: The Door (Szabo) We had a lovely and cozy book club meeting on May 10th, as eight of us gathered around Ros’s dining room table for some tasty lentil and coconut soup and a lively discussion of Magda Szabo’s novel The Door.  The novel describes the tempestuous relationship between a young writer and her elderly housekeeper.   There is an intriguing collection of secondary characters, including the writer’s husband, several local residents and a few members of the housekeeper’s extended family.   However, the only other character to rival the two women in importance is an intelligent, and almost human, male dog named Viola.  The housekeeper, Emerence, is a force of nature indeed. Fiercely independent, she has an almost superhuman capacity ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:41 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • April 2017: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Böll) On April 11th, six of us gathered at Ruth’s home in the hills above Oakland to enjoy an impressive array of treats, a beautiful sunset and a lively discussion of Heinrich Böll’s The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum.  At the beginning of the novel, the main character confesses that she has shot and killed a reporter in her apartment.  The rest of the book describes the sequence of events that led to this murder.  As we discover, Katharina Blum is transformed from a hard-working and somewhat conservative young woman to a cool and unremorseful killer over the course of four eventful days.   This metamorphosis begins when she takes a man home from a party.  Unbeknownst to her ...
    Posted May 7, 2017, 5:52 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • March 2017: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Loos) Our record of having book club meetings during torrential downpours was finally broken on March 9th when we gathered once again at Nancy Spaeth’s house in Berkeley.  Perhaps because of the clement weather, our ranks swelled to ten Smithies and included Ginny Levett who was visiting from Southampton, England, thus making my commute from Danville look like small potatoes indeed! Our book for the month was Anita Loos’s 1925 comic novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Judging by the liveliness of our discussion and by the number of times it was interrupted by laughter, I think it is fair to say that Loos’s humor has aged well, even though the book is undeniably a product of its times ...
    Posted May 7, 2017, 5:50 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • February 2017: Why I Wake Early (Oliver) We are three for three when it comes to holding book club meetings on the same night as massive rain storms!  Still, that did not dissuade eight of us from gathering at Susan Strom’s house in Oakland last week to discuss Why I Wake Early, a collection of poetry by Mary Oliver.  Everyone seemed to like the book, and we all recognized our own feelings and reactions in some aspect of Oliver’s work.  We praised her ability to find beauty in the seemingly mundane.  For example, she describes the act of freshening a vase of flowers in a way that turned a chore into an artistic performance.   Most of the poems focused on Oliver’s experiences in the ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2017, 11:02 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
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