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Book Club: Learning to See by Elise Hooper

Monday, February 1, 2021 19 Shevat 5781

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Book Club met via Zoom on Monday, January 4, and we discussed The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. The book was positively viewed and we were all surprised by the twist at the end.

Our next meeting (also via Zoom) will be on Monday, February 1 at 10:30am. Our next selection is LEARNING TO SEE: A NOVEL OF DOROTHEA LANGE, THE WOMAN WHO REVEALED THE REAL AMERICA by Elise Hooper.

In 1918, a fearless 22-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.

By the early 1930s, as America’s economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons. Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation’s poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice—the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans.

At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. But her choices came at a steep price…

Please note that I will send out the Zoom link a week before the meeting. Please contact me at or 443.223.9729 with questions or concerns.

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