October Book Club
Oct 16, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
|Contact Name||Kristi Sorensen|
Members, having read the book,are encouraged to attend.
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This harrowing story chronicles the decades-long indentured servitude of a group of intellectually disabled men that persisted until 2013. Journalist Dan Barry explains how the residents of a small town in Iowa interacted with the men who lived in their old schoolhouse, offering a mix of paternalism and kindness while failing to see the conditions under which the men were being kept. The story’s characters—the local Lutheran church and its pastor, employees of the turkey company that exploited the men, and most significantly, the intellectually disabled men themselves—interact vividly. The narrative’s underlying question is unsettlingly familiar: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”