BOOK CIRCLE

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

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 @ 7 PM

Named a top 10 book of 2018 by NPR and the Washington Post, and winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize.

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there.

Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River goes behind the headlines, making urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.

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

ABOUT US

The Giving Circle of HOPE, a 501(c)3 component fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has invested more than $1.35 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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