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We will be discussing our fiction book, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, July 5 at 6pm.  Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds.  When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their Village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother.  As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility – but also danger.

Our non-fiction book for August is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, powerful caste system influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate.  Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separation of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.
ZOOM CHANGE:  We will still be meeting at 6pm on the first Tuesday of each month, but we will be using Mary Parker’s Zoom to meet.
We hope you can join us. For more information you can email Mary Parker, or Jan Clarke,
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