The Bookish Sort Book Club meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in Hawthorne’s Meeting Room. Join us for lively discussions of fiction and nonfiction titles selected by participants in this vibrant, member-led group!
We had a great meeting discussing Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder on July 7 with 10 people present. Thank you, Judy, for leading this fascinating discussion! We had 3 new participants: welcome!!!
We had a thoughtful and dynamic discussion of Nomadland. We were impressed with their ingenuity, community, and determination. Several of us felt a kinship or deep empathy with the nomads. Facing ageism, the loss of our middle class, and the systemic economic disparity of the USA are hard themes examined in this work.
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Thursday, August 4 at 4:30 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room
“Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6-$7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity--a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.” (GoodReads)
Sept. 1: The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig
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