The Village Zendo Book Group Meeting
CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS
by Isabel Wilkerson
The Village Zendo book group will meet to discuss this new book by the Pulitzer prize-winner author Isabel Wilkerson. Published to wide acclaim and already a part of the national conversation, the book seeks to better understand the role race has played in the United States by examining it as an instance of the wider phenomenon of caste.
Wilkerson’s publisher writes that she “rigorously defines eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, heredity, and dehumanization. She documents the parallels with two other hierarchies in history, those of India and of Nazi Germany, and no reader will be left without a greater understanding of the price we all pay in a society torn by artificial divisions.”
According to a review in The New York Times, Caste is “an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”
*Please read most or all of the book before joining the discussion.
Our discussion will be facilitated by Willie Mukei Smith.
Buy it at Greenlight Books here or at your favorite bookstore. Also available in digital and audio formats.
All future books will be decided on democratically by the participants of the group so please join us and come with suggestions for future books!