The Springfield Free Public Library's (Really Good!) Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7 p.m. to discuss An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones by Wendy Jones.
The author is a resident of Springfield and a member of the book discussion group. Her book is a tribute to her mother, a sharecropper’s daughter who was the first in her family to graduate from high school. Wanting to do more than work as a domestic in other people’s homes, Josephine Jones graduated in 1966 from the New York Institute of Dietetics and became manager of food services at Standard Brands, making her the first black woman to serve in a management position at a Fortune 500 company.
Wendy Jones, having grown up in a rough patch of Harlem during the 1960s, attended the elite Dalton School in New York City and subsequently earned a B.A. in Literature from Yale University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.