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Club News

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  • Another "A Queer Love Story" Reading Did you miss former Smith Provost Marilyn Schuster's reading from her new book "A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout" in December? There's ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 9:25 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Spring Faculty Speaker Join the East Bay Smith Club on March 15, 2018 at 7:00pm to hear Smith Professor Emeritus of American History Daniel Horowitz discuss his latest book, Happier? The History ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 9:22 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Our Annual Report is Here! It's here! Read the 2016-2017 EBSC Annual Report now. Check out a new letter from the President, recruiting update, Readers' Corner, and more. Please pay special attention to ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 9:57 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 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
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What Are We Reading?




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  • February 2018: Embers (Marai) Our last book club meeting was held on February 7th at Deebie’s house in Berkeley.  There were nine of us in attendance.  Ginny won the award for longest commute, as she joined us once again during her annual visit to the Bay Area from her home in Southampton, UK.  In a sense, Ginny’s return to the group fit right in with the topic of discussion:  Sándor Marai’s Embers, a novel about two friends who meet after a long absence. Ostensibly, the action of the novel takes place over a single day in the life of an elderly man who lives in an isolated castle in the Hungarian wilderness.   As the novel begins, this man, Henrik (or ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 6:17 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • January 2018: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy (Abbott) On Tuesday, January 9th, ten of us gathered at the home of Linda Grayman in Oakland to kick off another year of literary adventures.  Our topic was Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy:  Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott.  This work of non-fiction describes the actions and adventures of four women who engaged in espionage during the Civil War, two for the North and two for the South.   The bravery and daring of these women was truly amazing, and the complexities of their characters were well depicted.   It was easy to get caught up in the action and to admire their courage and determination.  This could be somewhat unsettling in the case of the two women ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2018, 1:19 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 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
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