Hello Wow Dem B.R.O.A.D.S. (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant),
We had a great turnout at book club last week. I know for a lot of us it was the first time we’d gotten together with a group to talk about what the heck happened in the election. I’m personally grateful for Lynn Wolf’s tactical and optimistic thoughts on 2016!
Below are our book selections for January and March. Our March selection is a book that was banned this year by Highland Park ISD in an effort to shield their kids from inappropriate topics – unbelievable .
Save the date for the next B.R.O.A.D.S Bookclub :
* Wednesday January 28
* 6:30-7:15(ish) Social time with drinks and appetizers
* 7:15-8:45(ish). Book Discussion
If you’d like to bring wine or an appetizer to share you may but don’t feel obligated.
Here are the Selections for January and for March.
Hope you can make it!
I Don’t: A Contrarian History of Marriage – By Susan Squire
For 10,000 years, marriage – and the idea of marriage — has been at the very foundation of human society. In this provocative and ambitious book, Susan Squire unravels the turbulent history and many implications of our most basic institution. Starting with the discovery, long before recorded time, that sex leads to paternity (and hence to couplehood), and leading up to the dawn of the modern “love marriage,” Squire delves into the many ways men and women have come together and what the state of their unions has meant for history, society, and politics – especially the politics of the home.
This book is the product of 13 years of intense research, but even more than the intellectual scope, what sets it apart is Squire’s voice and contrarian boldness. Learned, acerbic, opinionated, and funny, she draws on everything from Sumerian mythology to Renaissance theater to Victorian housewife’s manuals (sometimes all at the same time) to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic view of the many things marriage has been and has meant. The result is a book that will provoke and fascinate readers of all ideological stripes: feminists, traditionalists, conservatives and progressives alike.
The Working Poor: Invisible in America – By D. K. Shipler
Nobody who works hard should be poor in America,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor.
They perform labor essential to America’s comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian–men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right–that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference.