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March 7 – Caleb’s Crossing

By Karon Winzenz

The UU Book Club will meet on Wednesday March 7 at 1:30 pm to discuss Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.  Please contact Karon, hostess and moderator, at regarding your attendance. This historically based story is told by Bethia, the daughter of an early pioneer and strict Calvinist minister intent on converting the Wampanoag Indians who live on Nantucket Island. In 1665 he sends one of his converts, Caleb (a secret friend of Bethia) to Harvard, then in its infancy. The relationship between the two friends who negotiate the cultural divide between them, and the different belief systems of her father and a native “medicine man” who struggle for Caleb’s mind and soul, makes for fascinating reading. In April the group will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.