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The Giving Circle of HOPE, a 501(c)3 component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has invested more than $1.2 million dollars in the Northern Virginia community since its founding in 2004. The organization awards project and capacity building grants to local nonprofits with budgets under $1 million.

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BOOK CIRCLE

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

 

Next Meeting
Tuesday
January 14, 2020
7 PM
The Color of Water:
A Black Man's Tribute
to his White Mother
by James McBride

The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in "orchestrated chaos" with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

"Mommy," a fiercely protective woman with "dark eyes full of pep and fire," herded her brood to Manhattan's free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion—and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain.

 

McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. The Color of Water touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son."

Browse a sampling of past reads:

  • 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

  • Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova