HESTIA BOOK CLUB
Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History By Camille T. Dungy
As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Camille T. Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then a toddler. As they travel, Dungy is intensely aware of how they are seen, not just as mother and child but as black females. With a poet's eye, she celebrates the particular in the universal, such as a child's acquisition of language and what to pack in a diaper bag. At the same time, her horizons are wide, as history shadows her steps everywhere she goes: from the San Francisco of settlers' and investors' dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana; from snow-white Maine to a festive, yet threatening, bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods.
With exceptional candor, Dungy explores our inner and outer worlds - the multitudinous experiences of mothering, illness, and the ever-present embodiment of race-finding fear and trauma, but also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, far-seeing and intimate, her prose is an essential guide for a troubled land.
We meet the first Wednesday of the month, September through June.
Our book club evenings go something like this:
7:00-7:30pm Connecting, time for drinks/food
7:30-8:30pm Book discussion
8:30-9:00pm Logistics (selecting the next book and planning the next meeting)
Join us for a fun evening!
If you're curious about which books we've been reading, click here.