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Feb 26 2017 - 3:00pm
Do you love chocolate? If so, then join us during Peace Corps Week for a tour of the Taza Chocolate Factory. Taza is a local bean-to-bar company that makes organic, fair trade, stone ground chocolate using traditional Mexican stone mills. The tour is educational, fun, and there is no shortage of free chocolate!
The tour costs $8.00 and the factory is located right in Somerville. Only 8 spots are available, so RSVP today
Feb 26 2017 (All day) - Mar 4 2017 (All day)
Peace Corps Week celebrates President Kennedy's establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. This year's theme is Highlighting Hospitality: How does your Peace Corps Country Make People Feel Welcome?
Jun 15 2017 - 7:00pm
The book for June is Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty.
Big Little Lies is the story of the long-term effects of parents' abusive relationship. It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence, balanced with humor. "A seemingly fluffy book suddenly touches base with viscous reality."
We will meet on Thursday, June 15th, location TBD.
May 18 2017 - 7:00pm
The book for May is The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
The Sympathizer is recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Set as the flashback in the coerced confession of a political prisoner, the book tells the story of the South Vietnamese Government in 1975 and subsequent events in American exile in Los Angles, through the eyes of a half-Vietnamese, half-French undercover communist agent.
We will meet on Thursday, May 18th at the home of Sue Kuder. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so she can organize the food.
Can't make it this month? Read the next book and join us in June!
Apr 20 2017 - 7:00pm
The book for April is Strange Borderlands, by Ben Berman.
Strange Borderlands is a book of poetry by Ben Berman, RPCV, Zimbabwe. It counterpoises insights with uncertainties while chronicling the poet's immersion in a new culture. Berman provides a vivid narrative of exotic adventures, the people, the land, and his "struggling with the blurred lines of where things end" on his return home. Ben Berman will join us this evening.
We will meet on Thursday, April 20th at the home of Barbara Scott Nelson. Please email her at Barbarascottnelson@gmail.com if you plan to attend so she can organize the food.
Can't make it this month? Read the next book and join us in May!
Mar 16 2017 - 7:00pm
The book for March is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance.
Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir about the Appalachian values of Vance's upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown - poverty, low-paying, physical jobs that have since disappeared or worsened in their guarantees. Reviewers wrote that Vance compassionately describes the white underclass that fueled the campaign of Donald Trump and a resurgence of outsider politics. Vance's subject is despair, fatalism, and learned helplessness.
We will meet on Thursday, March 16th at the home of Diane McCormack. Please email her at email@example.com if you plan to attend so she can organize the food.