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LWVBCC Book Group

LWVBCC Book Group

October, 2017, Selection

The next meeting of the LWVBCC book group is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 9, at Emelie Shroder's home. Two books have been selected for discussion: "Climate of Hope" by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, and "Strangers in Their Own Land" by Arlie Russell Hochschild.
Both books, to a greater and lesser extent, offer insights on climate change. The emphasis, though, is quite different. Climate is at the heart of Bloomberg and Pope's book, as they describe the issue, highlight its seriousness, and offer creative ways to address it. Hochschild, on the other hand, tells of her experience with people in Louisiana's bayou country whose livelihoods and way of life have been severely impacted by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident.
Participants are encouraged to read either or both of these books, or another of their choice dealing with related topics.
Then please call Emelie to let her know you will be attending. Her telephone number is 269-266-7299.

July, 2017, Selection

Monday, July 17 10a.m. The group will meet at Ginny Burd's home. Please call Ginny 269-465-3132 or email her at by 7/15 if you plan to attend, to get directions, etc. Book recommendations are "Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women" by David Sales and Ghada Alatrash. It looks very interesting and a high contrast to Sex and the Constitution," the new book by University of Chicago Professor Geoffrey Stone But any reading you wish to do on sex discrimination worldwide is welcome. And if you have not read Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, it should be read.

April, 2017, Selection

Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, led to one of the best discussions of a current issue at the January meeting of the LWV reading group in recent memory. Her book should be read by all citizens concerned with our earth's health. We have precious little time to put measures into place that will keep us from exceeding a 2 degree Celsius temperature rise. Many countries and some cities in the U.S. are working to replace the use of fossil fuels, primarily with wind and solar energy, to good effect. In the end we all admitted we had been depressed by the picture Klein had painted of our all too obvious fate, not so much for ourselves as for our children and grand children.

For next time, we decided to read about Michelle Obama, noting that a new book had come out--The Meaning of Michelle:16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires our Own. Since some of our members had not read Barak Obama's The Audacity of Hope or Dreams from My Father, we decided to make the Obamas a theme, so any book by or about the Obamas will be open for discussion. Donna Dutton has graciously agreed to host the next meeting at her home at 10 a.m., on April 10, 2017. She would appreciate a call or an email to let her know you plan to attend. Hope to see you there ready to join a lively discussion. 269-469-9763


The LWVBCC Book Group was formed in 2005 and has been meeting regularly ever since. We currently meet quarterly on a Monday morning during the month. These are the only meetings that are convened in member homes.

Previous Selections

We have read some great books!

Occasionally the members are encouraged to select any book they wish in a subject area, so those individual selections are not listed.

"This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate" by Naomi Klein.

"George Washington's Secret Six" by Kilmeade and Yaeger

"Hamilton - The Revolution by Miranda and McCarter

"Alexander Hamilton" by Chernow

"Dark Money" by Mayer

"Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS" by Warrick

"ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror" by Weiss and Hassan

"ISIS: The State of Terror" by Stern and Berger.

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmona and Shana Knizhnik

"Three Billion New Capitalists: the Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East" by Clyde Prestowicz.

"Critical Condition How Health Care in America Became Big Business and Bad Medicine" by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele

"Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People who Think You're Stupid" by Joe Klein

"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright. Won 2006 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.

"Deep Economy" by Bill McKibben

"The Appeal" by John Grisham About judicial elections.

"In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan

"The Post American World" by Fareed Zakaria

"The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America" by Jonathan Kozol

"Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture" by Ellen Rupell Shell

"Engaging the Muslim World" by Juan Cole

"The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court" by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

"Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court" by Jan Crawford Greenburg

"Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy" by Louise W. Knight

"Jane Addams: Spirit in Action" by Louise W. Knight

"Twenty Years at Hull House" by Jane Addams

"Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future" by Robert Reich

"The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equality Will Determine Our Future" by Linda Hammond-Darling

"Reclaiming Public Education by Reclaiming Our Democracy" by David Mathews

"The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choices Are Undermining Education" by Diane Ravitch

"Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us" by Mike Rose

"What is Good for General Motors? Solving America's Industrial Conundrum" by Thomas Crumm

"Confidence Men" by Ron Suskind

"Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson

"Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It" by Lawrence Lessig

"Drift: the Unmooring of American Military Power" by Rachel Maddow

"My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor

"Catastrophic Health Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father and How We Can Fix It" by David Goldhill.

"County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital" by David Ansell M.D.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

"The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply" by Marie-Monique Robin

"Foodopoly: the Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America" by Wenonah Hauter

"Food, Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food Is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer--and What We Can Do About It" by Karl Weber

"Reign of Error" by Diane Ravitch

"Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World's Leading Systems" by Marc Tucker and Linda Darling Hammond.

"I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban" by Yousafzai, Malala and Lamb, Christina (Oct 8, 2013)

"Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution" by Justice John Paul Stevens.

"On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City" by Alice Goffman.

"Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" by Katha Pollitt

Steven Brill " America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System" 2015

Atul Gwande "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End " 2014.