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Diversity Book Club

"Resilience" by Jessie Close

2020-12-14 19:00:00 2020-12-14 20:30:00 America/New_York Diversity Book Club Please join us for a virtual discussion of "Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness" by Jessie Close. Virtual -

Monday, December 14
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2020-12-14 19:00:00 2020-12-14 20:30:00 America/New_York Diversity Book Club Please join us for a virtual discussion of "Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness" by Jessie Close. Virtual -

Please join us for a virtual discussion of "Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness" by Jessie Close.

The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war-ravaged republic, and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder (she would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret). Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie's mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie's life.  Check out the book here.

The Diversity Book Club is hosted monthly by AAUW Alexandria / Women Building Cross-Cultural Friendships (WBCCF) and co-sponsored by the Alexandria Burke Branch Library.

WBCCF's goal is to give women the opportunity in a diverse and inclusive group to enrich their own lives through these relationships and help amplify the voices of all women in our community. WBCCF believes that the opportunity to come together to explore issues of race, religion, ethnicity, etc. through well-chosen books will not only further our individual learning but also create a setting in which we might ultimately decide on a community undertaking with wider implications.

The Diversity Book Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. 

A zoom account is not required to join, but a microphone is! Most mobile devices have microphones installed. If you're using a desk top, most webcams also have microphones built in.

If you have any questions about the program or would like to register, which is limited to the first 20 people, please contact Bonnie Hershberg by December 6 at hersh3b@gmail.com

Venue details


Join us for a virtual discussion of Jessie Close's memoir, Resilience. Please register for this event:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfuqsrz4rHtPeS0ZtN8d0u2013U5e7QXA