BOOK CIRCLE

To provide additional educational opportunities about social issues and the people served by the Giving Circle of HOPE. 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021 @ 7 PM

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”

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.

Browse a sampling of past reads:

  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  • Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • Sing Unburied Sing, A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

  • A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures by Quinn Bradlee

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar

  • Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least by Jessica Jackley

  • Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

  • A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold & Andrew Solomon

  • Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

  • A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley

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