Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monthly Book Club – October 2013

The Round HouseSelected books contain themes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as a basis for discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships. The meeting is an informal gathering with light refreshments and engaging conversations. If you are interested in joining this group or for more information, please contact Jennifer Frazee at 508-228-0561 or email

A Safe Place’s book club selection for October is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Book club will meet on Tuesday, October 29th from 6-7pm at the A Safe Place office, 5B Windy Way. There are two copies available of the book at our office.

From the Back Cover:

National Book Award Winner

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: How are they connected?

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Allie PhillipsPeople & Pets: Predicting and Preventing Human and Animal Abuse

Allie Phillips, with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), will be speaking about the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. Ms. Phillips, is a nationally-recognized author, attorney and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims.

This event is a collaboration between A Safe Place and Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals.

Wednesday, October 2nd

7:00pm — 9:00pm

Unitarian Meeting House, Hendrix Hall, 11 Orange Street

Dessert reception to follow lecture.

Ms. Phillips will also be offering a free training session to human and animal protection agencies, professionals, and the public on the same subject on October 3rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Sherburne Commons Retirement Community, located at 21 South Shore Road.

For more information call Kristen Brock at (508)228-0561.


Allie Phillips, with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is a nationally-recognized author, attorney and advocate for animals and vulnerable victims. Ms. Phillips is the director of the NDAA’s National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and deputy director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. She is a legal expert on the linkage between violence to animals and people, therapy animals helping crime victims, animal protection and prosecution, and human-animal interactions. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, and in The Washington Post, USA Today, Denver Post, Cat Fancy Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine (Canada), Colorado Public Radio, Washington Public Radio, and dozens of national animal radio talk shows.