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  • Save the Date for the East Bay Smith Club Fall Potluck: Sunday, November 3! We hope you will join us for our fall potluck on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00pm (note that daylight savings ends on this date!) This time ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 2:25 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 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
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What Are We Reading?

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  • September 2019: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (Hoffman) Our September meeting was held on Wednesday, the 11th of September.   We hadoriginally been scheduled for the following day, however, we changed datesin order to avoid conflict with a Democratic candidates debate.   Mostpeople preferred the new night, and we had ten members in attendance.  Perhaps as a result of the debate the following day, our discussion shiftedover to politics and to our hopes and worries about the 2020 presidentialcampaign.  However, we did a pretty good job of talking about the book aswell.  Fortunately, our September selection set the stage for our inevitablepolitical tangents nicely.  It was this year’s Smith Reads book:  Andrew JHoffman’s How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2019, 1:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • August 2019: Milkman (Burns) Anna Burn’s Man Booker Prize winning novel Milkman wasan exploration of cultural and political divisions.   In particular, it wasa harrowing account of one young woman’s life in Belfast during theturbulent and violent sectarian struggles of the 1970’s.  The book hasreceived mixed reviews in the press, and our members also had quite dividedreactions.  It is written in a challenging, stream of consciousness stylethat involves long, clause-rich sentences and paragraphs that can stretch onfor pages.  The action jumps back and forth in time, which mirrors the waymemory works when recalling traumatic events, but which also can make ithard to follow the central events of the story.  In the end ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 4:01 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 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
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