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  • New Smithie Welcome Party Please join us for a party in Oakland on Sunday, June 30th from 1-3pm to send seven new members of the class of 2023 off for their first year ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2019, 5:45 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 5/19 RSVP Deadline For Our Theater Outing Pricing information is here for our 2019 theater outing - please email or text Events Coordinator Catherine Carr (catherine_carr@sbcglobal.net or 510-333-1385) how many tickets you ...
    Posted May 16, 2019, 4:15 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 2019 Summer Theater Outing Save the date: our 2019 EBSC Summer Theater Outing will be a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Cal Shakes (100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda) on Saturday ...
    Posted May 9, 2019, 3:14 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • New Seven Sisters Online Community Have you joined the brand new Seven Sisters (7S) website? Over 1,000 7Sers have already signed up! It is the first and only place for 7S alums & students to ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2019, 4:17 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 25th Anniversary Book Club Meeting Eleven East Bay Smithies, representing an almost sixty year-span of graduation years, gathered at the Oakland home of Sherrill Lavagnino for our 25th Anniversary book club meeting on March ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2019, 5:43 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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What Are We Reading?

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  • July 2019: The Left Hand of Darkness (Le Guin) Our July meeting was on July 9th at Charmaine Detweiler’s house inLafayette.  There were ten of us in attendance, which seemed a pretty goodshowing for a summer meeting.  Our book for the month was Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1969 science-fiction/fantasy classic The Left-Hand of Darkness.  Thenovel’s central character is a man named Genly Ai, a representative of aconfederation of planets who is sent to a distant and largely ice-boundplanet called Gethen.  Ai’s mission is to inform the inhabitants of Gethenof the existence of life beyond their world and to ask them to join hisconfederation.   The planet is populated by humanoids who are not that different ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2019, 5:56 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • March 2019: Sing, Unburied, Sing (Ward) Set in rural Mississippi, Sing, Unburied, Sing is an intoxicating blend of coming of age tale, road trip saga and ghost story.  The novel rotates between the voices of three different narrators.  The first, Jojo, is a thirteen-year-old, biracial boy struggling to become a man in the face of the increasing frailty of the grandparents who care for him and for his three-year-old sister, Kayla.   The second narrator is Leonie, Jojo’s frequently absent and drug-addicted mother, who is both figuratively and literarily haunted by the violent death of her brother.  The third is Richie, the ghost of a young man who played an important, and tragic, role in the life of Leonie’s father ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2019, 5:42 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • February 2019: A Pearl In The Storm (Murden McClure) At our last book club meeting, eleven of us gathered at Nancy’s house to discuss Tori Murden McClure’s book A Pearl in the Storm:  How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean.  McClure is the first women and first American to have rowed solo across the Atlantic and the first woman and first American to ski overland to the geographic south pole.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College (yay!), a Master of Divinity from Harvard, a law degree from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Fine Art from Spalding University.  Clearly, her life has been full of achievement.  However, A Pearl in the Storm focuses on one of her biggest ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2019, 1:31 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • January 2019: Being Mortal (Gawande) I don’t know if it was the effect of all our New Year’s resolutions or if the topic of mortality is just a good seller, but we had a stupendous turn out at our January meeting.  Eighteen members showed up, and I was impressed that Betsy, our host, found enough chairs to seat us all comfortably in her living room!   Our topic was Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End.  Gawande is a practicing surgeon, a public health researcher and advocate, and a popular author.  In this book, he explores the ways that Western societies have “medicalized” the realities of aging, frailty and death.   Although driven by understandable and admirable desires to care ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2019, 10:12 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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