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Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Supremes - Great Escape Book Club for 2020


The theme of our GE book club for 2020 is the wonderful Supremes.  No, not Diana, Cindy and Mary - Sandra, Ruth, Sonia and Elena.  After our great discussion of Michelle Obama's book last fall, we asked whether we should try something less challenging this year, but the verdict was unanimous, that we should continue to learn about exceptional women.  So Julie and I kicked a few ideas around and decided that our female Supreme Court justices certainly fit the 'exceptional women' bill - after all, there have been only four in about 230 years, and three of them are still on the court!

There is not, however. one book about all four so, we invite everyone to choose at least one book, article or even podcast about one or more of these women.  Then we will discuss each woman and compare and contrast their careers, educations, backgrounds and legal philosophies! Julie and I are very excited about this. We have prepared a reading list to start you off.  By the way, we are including some books for children and young adults so that you can bring this back to your troops if that's your thing.

Reading List

First:  Sandra Day O’Connor – Evan Thomas
The Majesty of the Law:  Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice, by Sandra Day O’Connor, Craig Joyce
Lazy B:  Growing Up in a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest, by Sandra Day O’Connor, H, Alan Day
Sisters in Law:  How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, by Linda R. Hirshman
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron De Hart
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon, et. al.
My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor
Elena Kagan:  A Biography, by Meg Greene
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, by Debbie Levy
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? by Megan Stine

New Yorker Magazine article:  Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?

Podcast:  The Citizen’s Guide to the Supreme Court (available from I Heart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts.  Never let it be said that the Great Escapers are set in their ways.)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Great Escape 2020 is now confirmed for September 25-26-27, 2020.  Put it on your calendar.

An exciting new twist this year is a hammock village!  Everyone will be able to check out the sleeping hammock trend during the day, and a few lucky, intrepid campers can choose to sleep in one on Saturday night (tent backup in case of bad weather.)  Are you game?

For illustration only, not guaranteed to be just like this.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Call for Workshops for 2020

Last weekend members of the Committee trekked off to Rhode Island's Camp Hoffman for our annual retreat to make plans for the next Great Escape.

We are still waiting for Council to confirm our reservation for the 2020 escape, but the call for workshops has gone out to the committee members.  Engineer Sue has found great new ways of collecting and processing data, so we are revamping the registration process to make it easier. We are making changes to the menu for next year in response to your comments on evaluations.  Julie and Deb have a fun wrinkle for Book Club!

If you are a wise owl like the guys below, watch this space for announcements!