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  • Upcoming Virtual Events Hello, East Bay Smithies -We have two upcoming virtual events for you! The Photography of Dorothea Lange Virtual TourTuesday, June 15 from 4:00 to 4:45pmOnline (Zoom ...
    Posted May 23, 2021, 6:45 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 2021 Book Club Opportunities Hundreds of alums have come together to build a vibrant community of learning, connection and care in the college's virtual Alumnae Book Club. You are invited to join in ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2020, 5:43 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 2019-2020 Annual Report Now Available! Read our just-released annual report to learn about our club's commitment to being an antiracist organization, the incredible students being supported by our scholarship fund, how our book ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2020, 11:25 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Happy Graduation, Class of 2020! Congratulations to the 721 graduates who received their Smith degrees today. EBSC board members delivered flowers to our seven East Bay graduates as they participated in Smith's first-ever ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:08 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Women's March This Saturday! We will be in the Oakland Women's March this Saturday, January 18! New meeting point: Chase Bank at 14th and Broadway at 10:45am. If you can't find ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2020, 9:49 AM by East Bay Smith Club
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What Are We Reading?

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  • June 2021: Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead (Tokarczuk) By now we are all familiar with the literary trope of the unreliable narrator, but what do you call a narrator that makes you suspect that you are becoming an unreliable reader?  Such a narrator constantly surprises you with revelations that you didn’t see coming, but that seem to make perfect sense once revealed.  “Of course,” you find yourself saying, even though your expectations are still shaking their heads in disbelief and rapidly shifting gears.   Whatever the name for such a narrator, one thing is certain, they can be an entertaining, enlightening, and somewhat exasperating guide when there is a mystery to be solved.  The narrator and main character of Olga Tokarczuk’s novel is an elderly woman named ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2021, 6:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • May 2021: Lincoln in the Bardo (Saunders) Lincoln in the Bardo is an experimental novel that reads at times like a play and at times like a collection of quotations.  In honor of its innovative format, I decided to describe the novel in a manner that would give you a little insight into what reading the book is like.  My sources? Reviews of the book, of course. George Saunders’s much-awaited first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” is like a weird folk art diorama of a cemetery come to life.        -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The novel that has resulted is anything but a quiet tableau… Saunders’s witty and garrulous graveyard is filled with semi-spirits in a state of denial.                                         -Thomas Mallon, The ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2021, 6:22 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • April 2021: A Woman of No Importance (Purnell) Virginia Hall has been described as “the most important American spy that you have never heard of;” however, that last part is fast changing.  In the past couple of years, three new books about her life have been published.  One film about her was recently released and another is in the works.  A lot of this renewed interest is inspired by the 2019 release of Purnell’s vigorously researched biography “A Woman of No Importance.” Born into a wealthy family in Baltimore, Hall was an adventurous, free thinking child, who bounced from school to school and rebelled against her mother’s desire that she secure the financial future of the family by marrying well.  Travelling to Paris in the 1920 ...
    Posted May 13, 2021, 7:57 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • March 2021: When No One Is Watching (Cole) In the stereotypical depiction of a Hollywood elevator pitch, an inspiring screenwriter corners a studio big wig and tries to win him over to her project by describing it in terms of two successful movies.  The hope is that the combination will be unique enough to intrigue, while the pedigree of the original films suggests a proven formula for success.  “It’s Driving Miss Daisy meets Jurassic Park,” the screenwriter blurts out, hoping that the strange look on the big wig’s face is a result of dollar signs in his eyes. Although these title combinations are common enough in talk about movies, they are less common in discussions of literature.  Nonetheless, the back cover of Alyssa Cole’s When ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 3:19 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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