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Club News

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  • January 20, 2018: Women's March Oakland Meet-up  
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 11:23 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • "A Queer Love Story" Reading Dear East Bay Smithies, Susan Van Dyne and I (now retired to Oakland from Smith and the Program for the Study of Women & Gender) will be doing a dramatic reading ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2017, 5:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • RSVP now for the November 5 Potluck Use this link to access the "Whoozin" invitation: http://whoozin.com/PY7-3TT-QEGT
    Posted Oct 29, 2017, 9:27 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Nov 5, 2017: Save the Date for the Fall Potluck It's fall and that means potluck time! This year it will be Sunday November 5 in the Berkeley hills home of Holly House. Details and invitation to follow.
    Posted Sep 30, 2017, 1:58 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Smith Fall 2017 Alumnae Webinar Series kicks off soon!    It's FREE!!! For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/webinarlineup
    Posted Aug 18, 2017, 11:51 AM by Sherrill Lavagnino
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What Are We Reading?

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  • November 2017: Lab Girl (Jahren) In November, nine of us gathered at Deebie’s house for a lively discussion of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl.  As a geobiologist, Jahren spends a good deal of time sorting and labeling samples to make sure she knows exactly what she is dealing with. It is unexpected, therefore, that her memoir defies easy classification. It seems to be part autobiography, part travel diary, part primer on the fascinating nature of plant science, and part a harrowing portrayal of the author’s struggles with mental illness. Above all else, Jahren suggests, the book is a portrait of her friendship with a man called Bill, who has been her best friend, lab partner, sidekick and scientific muse for the past twenty ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 7:46 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • October 2017: Homegoing (Gyasi) Six of us gathered Tuesday, October 10th at the home of Nancy Spaeth to discuss the novel Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This ambitious narrative begins with the tale of two half-sisters born in Ghana in the middle of the 18th century. The sisters never meet and face drastically different futures, as one has an arranged marriage to a British governor who runs the local slave trade and the other is captured and sold into slavery in North America. The story follows the descendants of the two women for six subsequent generations, tracing the damaging heritage of slavery in both Africa and the United States. Each chapter introduces us to a new person in the family tree and describes a ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2017, 6:02 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • September 2017: The Book of Unknown Americans (Henriquez) Our last meeting was on September 14th at the home of Kathryn Kasch in Berkeley.  We discussed the novel The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.  This book was the  “Smith Reads” selection for this year’s incoming students, and we could see why it was chosen.  The novel focuses on the stories of two immigrant families who are drawn together, and ultimately driven apart, by the relationship between their teenage children.  However, as this central story slowly unfolds, a number of chapters are devoted to the voices of other residents of apartment building where the families reside.  Each resident relates his or her own journey to the United States and describes how he or she has built ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2017, 9:00 AM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • June 2017: The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood) Summertime reduced our numbers a bit, but it did not dampen our enthusiasm.  On June 8th, five of us met at the home of Nancy Bucy in San Leandro to enjoy some delicious hummus and decadent mini-cupcakes and to discuss Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  The book is a dystopian tale of a future America ruled by a fundamentalist and puritanical religious sect.  Environmental degradation causes birth rates to plummet, prompting the ruling elite to enslave fertile woman to bear their children.   The novel centers on one of these enslaved “handmaidens.” Her real name is never revealed in the novel.  Instead, she is called “Offred,” indicating her relationship to “Fred,” the master of her household.   We ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2017, 1:17 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
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