Jun 012013
 

Hello Wow Dems,

Save the date for the next Bookclub.  It’s Wednesday July 24th at 6:30 pm. Location TBD.

At the bookclub meeting last week we picked our July selection, “What’s the Matter With White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age that Never Was“.

We’re tying our book selection in with another event. This book was selected for review at the June 6th Urban Engagement Book Club in Dallas.  This is a monthly event that Pat Alexander attends and she shared the details with us. The Urban Engagement Bookclub will have a professional book reviewer review this book for 30-45 minutes and then lead a discussion afterwards.  A few of us at the May bookclub said that we wanted to try to attend this event in June.  If you’d like to meet us there,  here are the details:

Urban Engagement Book Club
June 6th 12:00 noon
Highland Park United Methodist Church (at SMU) room 120
Professional Reviewer will review the book and then short discussion to follow.

Either way, save the date for our next bookclub, July 24th 6:30 pm.  Hope you can make it!

Diane Groves

What’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was

The size and stability of the American middle class was once the envy of the world. But changes unleashed in the 1960s pitted Americans against one another politically in new and destructive ways—while economically, everyone fell behind except the wealthy. Right-wing culture warriors blamed the decline on the moral shortcomings of “other” Americans—blacks, feminists, gays, immigrants, union members —to court a fearful white working and middle class base with ever more bitter “us” vs. “them” politics. Liberals tried but mostly failed to make the case that we’re all in this together. In All for None and None for All, MSNBC political analyst and popular Salon columnist Joan Walsh traces this deeply disturbing dynamic as it has played out over the last forty years, dividing the country, poisoning its politics, jeopardizing its future—and splitting her working class Irish Catholic family as well.

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