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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  • 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
  • January 2017: Hillbilly Elegy (Vance) Once again, the weather provided a dramatic backdrop for our book club meeting.  Despite the downpour, eight of us washed ashore at Maggie’s house on January 10 to discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.  The book chronicles Vance’s difficult childhood in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.  Vance’s early years are shaped by his mother’s substance abuse and combative personality.  In his harrowing descriptions of her erratic behavior, Vance highlights the characteristic actions and attitudes prevalent in his family and his Appalachian community that helped to nurture his mother’s destructive qualities.  At the same time, he points to other elements within his family and community that ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2017, 11:01 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • December 2016: The Arab of the Future (Sattouf) It was a dark and stormy night, this Thursday, December the 8th, and yet a dedicated group of seven book club enthusiasts wended their way into the mist-shrouded hills of Berkeley to Nancy’s house.  Our book this month was the graphic memoir The Arab of The Future:  A Childhood in the Middle East.  Reactions to the book were mixed, but it certainly provoked a lively discussion, thus proving its merits as a book club selection.  It was also a delightfully quick read, which was perfect for the holiday season. Riad Sattouf is a cartoonist, filmmaker and former contributor to the magazine Charlie Hebdo.  In this book, he uses cartoons to describe the first six years of his ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 7:40 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • November, 2016: Burial Rites (Kent) Perhaps still a little shell-shocked from the previous evening’s events, seven of us gathered at Betsey’s house last Wednesday, the 9th of November.  Although we were not shy about sharing our thoughts and feelings about the election, I am proud to say that we spent a good deal of time discussing our book for the month:  Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.    Set in rural Iceland in the 1820’s, the novel is inspired by the real life and death of Agnus Magnusdottir, who was the last person executed in the country.  There being no jails in the area, Agnes is forced to wait for months at the home of a local farmer while her conviction and ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2016, 4:09 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
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