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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.

02/19/2018 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: American Amnesia

The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101.

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01/15/2018 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: NO is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

“This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.”
–From the Introduction

12/18/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: Bright-sided: How positive thinking is undermining America

Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

Americans are a "positive" people -- cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: This is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive is the key to getting success and prosperity. Or so we are told.

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

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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