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Jul 18 2024


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Books that Bind July 2024 – Women of the Post

Reading: Women of the Post: A Novel by Joshunda Sanders

Date: Thursday, July 18 at 12:00 PM EDT

An emotional story, based on true events, about the all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps who found purpose, solidarity and lifelong friendship in their mission of sorting over one million pieces of mail for the US Army.

1944, New York City. Judy Washington is tired of working from dawn til dusk in the Bronx Slave Market, cleaning white women’s houses and barely making a dime. Her husband is fighting overseas, so it’s up to Judy and her mother to make enough money for rent and food. When the chance arises for Judy to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and the ability to bring home a steady paycheck, she jumps at the opportunity.

Immediately upon arrival, Judy undergoes grueling military drills and inspections led by Second Officer Charity Adams, one of the only Black officers in the WAC. Judy becomes fast friends with the other women in her unit—Stacy, Bernadette and Mary Alyce—who only discovered she was Black after joining the army. Under Charity Adams’s direction, they are transferred to Birmingham, England, as part of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion—the only unit of Black women to serve overseas in WWII. Here, they must sort a backlog of over one million pieces of mail.

The women work tirelessly, knowing that they’re reuniting soldiers to their loved ones through the letters they write. However, their work becomes personal when Mary Alyce discovers a backlogged letter addressed to Judy that will upend her personal life. Told through the alternating perspectives of Judy, Charity and Mary Alyce, Women of the Post is an unforgettable story of perseverance, female friendship, romance and self-discovery.



Books that Bind Building bonds through books and conversation. Our club reads a wide range of authors and genres. Books that Bind is the official Book Club of the Interchurch Center located in the Morningside/ Harlem area of New York City, NY. The club was established in 2011 to build bonds and friendship through a shared love of books among the various tenants of the building and neighbored.

2024 Books That Bind Book Club List
January 18th – The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
February 15th – Dear Juliet: Letters from the Lovestruck and Lovelorn to Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona by Giulio Tamassia
March 7th – It’s not what you think: An American Woman in Saudi Arabia by Sabeeha Rehman (Author Visit)
April – Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
May – How to Kill a Man and Get Away With It by Katy Brent
June – Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa
July – Woman of the Post by Joshunda Sanders
August – The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
September – Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Hayes
October – A Touch of Moonlight by Yaffa S. Santos
November – Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray & Irene Vallejo
December – 2025 Book Selection

New members are always welcome! Click here to join the club.