Summer Book Club: “The Address Book” by Deirdre Mask
In August, join Open Twin Cities and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium for a virtual book club! We’ll meet up to discuss “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power” by Deirdre Mask.
In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Mask explores the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, the legacy of streets named after Confederate soldiers, and how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany. Mask also delves into what not having an address means for millions around the world. In many parts of the world, an address can reveal uncomfortable truths about race and class, as Deidre Mask learns when she debates whether she could ever, as a Black woman, feel comfortable living on Black Boy Lane in London. Filled with fascinating people and histories, “The Address Book” illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names. [Description adapted from book jacket.]
If you only have time to read part of the book, then skim one or two of the sections that interest you most and we can compare notes. We look forward to seeing you there!
If you RSVP on Meetup, please click into the Zoom registration link attached to this event and register there, as well. This will make sure you receive timely event reminders and announcements.
You can find the book at:
Hennepin County Library: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S109C6008173
St. Paul Public Library: https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S138C2540076