December 9, 2008 by Reader's Connection
On Tuesday, December 16th, at 6:30 p.m., author Charlene Duline will discuss her book Drinking from the Saucer: A Memoir at Central Library.
According to Beryl Singleton Bissell writing at Gather.com, Duline’s book is a fascinating memoir of a strong-headed, devout, and idealistic young black American woman who was among the first volunteers to join the Peace Corps in response to President Kennedy’s famous challenge to America in 1960: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
Duline grew up in Indianapolis, was abused by her step-father, and after a year in college went to live with an aunt in New York. She joined the Peace Corps and went to Peru, and subsequently served with US Information and Foreign Services at a number of troubled spots around the globe.
According to Bissell, Within the pages of this memoir we discover and celebrate the strong and vital woman who lifted herself from poverty and prejudice into the complex landscape of world diplomacy.
For a chance to hear this author talking about her book, join us in the West Reading Room at Central Library on December 16th.