Each month, we select a book to read and meet on the third Tuesday of the month to discuss our thoughts. For more information, contact the Adult Department staff at email@example.com.
Please note that registration for this event is for the series lasting until August 2022. A new series will be posted for September.
This month's selection: Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns) offers a singular and vital perspective on American society with Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Her examination of caste and its effect on every aspect of culture is unusual, eye-opening and of life-or-death importance. As in her previous work, which she continues and deepens here, Wilkerson lives up to the scope and significance of her subject matter, delivering a book that is deeply researched, clearly structured, well-written and moving.
The root of so many social ills in the United States, Wilkerson argues, is not precisely racism but casteism, which is closely linked to concepts of race invented and reinforced since before the country's founding. Caste is a thorough, incisive investigation of the often invisible workings of American society. Original, authoritative and exquisitely written, its significance cannot be overstated -- Shelf Awareness