Date(s) - 10/01/2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone (nonfiction) is the BBB selection for October.

This is the story of “[Elizebeth Friedman] (who) was a tireless and talented code breaker who brought down gangsters and Nazi spies … a fascinating swath of American history that begins in Gilded Age Chicago and moves to the inner workings of our intelligence agencies at the close of WWII.” (LA Times) “It’s unsurprising that the name Elizebeth Friedman doesn’t ring a bell for most Americans, given how much of her work was classified during the war…. Still, this Quaker-born poet from Indiana was the grandmother of the National Security Agency and virtually created the modern code-breaking profession.” (Forbes)

The Brown Bag Books group meets year-round, except in July and August. Many attendees bring their lunches, and everyone brings a sense of humor. Monthly sessions are always lively and enjoyable.

Books chosen by the group for discussion are usually listed in the Order of Service and the Bulletin, as well as on the UUCPA website.


Contact:           Hannah Slocum (

Facilitator:       Various participants

Registration:   Not required

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