Book Club

Join YWCA's Quarterly Book Club

YWCA hosts a quarterly book club that focuses on social justice issues. Each of our books connect to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The club is open to all, no matter your age!

Why join us?

  • “The act of reading in a community can help you read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives,” John Coleman writes in the Harvard Business Review.
  • You read things that you would not otherwise read.
  • Some books need to be discussed.
  • As Joyce Carol Oates said, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Next Book Club

On Thursday, November 18 from 6pm to 7:30pm, YWCA’s book club will be discussing Isabella Wilkerson’s Caste: Origins of our Discontents.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a masterwork of writing — a profound achievement of scholarship and research that stands also as a triumph of both visceral storytelling and cogent analysis.

What is caste? According to Wilkerson, “caste is the granting or withholding of respect, status, honor, attention, privileges, resources, benefit of the doubt, and human kindness to someone on the basis of their perceived rank or standing in the hierarchy.” Racism and casteism do overlap, she writes, noting that “what some people call racism could be seen as merely one manifestation of the degree to which we have internalized the larger American caste system.” (Read the complete NPR description and review here.)

Register here to attend:

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This book club discussion will take place virtually. We will send out the Zoom information prior to November 18.