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Nonfiction Book Club

Monday August 23, 2021
6:30 PM until 7:45 PM


The Nonfiction Book Club will have a hybrid meeting this month -- join us in Logan Auditorium or on Zoom. The Zoom invitation will be sent out the day before the meeting. Register online, in  person at the Reference Desk, or over the phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

This month's title is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

"Here, Wilkerson reframes the United States' history of racial disparities and racism as a classic caste system, and compares America's caste system with those operating in India and Nazi-era Germany. She identifies the eight "pillars of caste" that can be clearly observed in all three systems. In one very memorable and disturbing passage, she describes how the Jim Crow laws of the American South served as inspiration and model for the anti-Semitic, racist Nuremberg laws enacted in 1935 Germany. Narrator Robin Miles is a perfect choice to read this work. She amplifies and grounds the content with a steady, calm, and clear voice, even when the material is especially chilling and ugly. VERDICT: Caste should be required listening/reading for every engaged American." -- Library Journal

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.  This title is also available as an ebook and and eaudio on Overdrive..

This meeting will be held in Logan Auditorium and on Zoom.  Registration is required and the Zoom invitation will be sent out the day before the meeting. Register online, in person at the Reference Desk or over thephone at 781-848-05-405, ext. 4417. 

All readers are always welcome.


Location: Logan Auditorium - upper level
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