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Book Group: Past books

Book Group Information

A list of books selected and read by this book group from 2008 to 2013 can be found here. For recent books, see below.

11/20/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony

Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

Over the centuries, Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise. Its institutions have fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and advocated for the poor. Christian faith has sustained people through crisis and inspired many to work for social justice.

10/16/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the dawn of the Global World

Location: Jeff Center in the Old Ashland Armory

The following (footnotes and citations removed) is from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermeer%27s_Hat:

09/18/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Seven Bad Ideas: How mainstream economists have damaged America and the World

Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

From the former economics columnist for Harper’s and The New York Times (Jeff Madrick), a bold indictment of some of our most accepted mainstream economic theories—why they’re wrong, and how they’ve been harming America and the world.

08/14/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America"

“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win,” says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters that put Trump in the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

07/17/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey...

In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy

The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones.

06/19/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "Cleopatra: A Life"

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends.

05/15/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People "

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral

04/17/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery . . ."

The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist (2014, 2016). This prize-winning book claims “The expansion of slavery drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. . . . Told through intimate slave narratives” and other historical documents. “A radical new interpretation of American history.”
April 17, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

03/20/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Girl with Seven Names"

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (2015, 2016). Story of a girl who lived in and escaped from North Korea, then returned to rescue her family.

March 20, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

02/20/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "Faith No More"

Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion by Phil Zuckerman (2011, 2015). Based on in-depth interviews.
February 20, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

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