Sisterhood offers an evening book club that meets twice a month on Tuesdays and Thursdays (the dates may vary).
All Sisterhood members are welcome to join us for an evening of lively discussion.

 

Sisterhood Book Club Schedule 2017-2018

Date Book
October 2017 A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

November 2017 The Undoing Project

By Michael Lewis

December 2017 Reputations

By Juan Gabriel Vasquez

January 2018 Hillbilly Elegy

by J.D. Vance

February 2018 America’s First Daughter 

by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

March 2018 A Piece of the World 

by Christine Kline

April 2018 Sapiens 

by Yuval Harare

May 2018 Finding Noef

by Zoe Ferraris

June 2018 Destiny of the Republic

Candice Millard

July 2018 All is not Forgotten

by Wendy Walker

August 2018  

Potluck and Choosing Books

September 2018 The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

January 2018 – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Contact:  Esther Schoem, Chairperson   310-514-2155 or estherschoem@hotmail.com