Reading List 2023 - 2024
We are excited to share our reading list for the upcoming year. We hope these books will entertain you, challenge your perspectives, and stimulate engaging conversations. Let's take a look at what's in store:
"The Hellfire Club" by Jake Tapper
Starting the reading year in October, the club has chosen "The Hellfire Club" by Jake Tapper. This thrilling novel, set in 1950s Washington D.C., uncovers a secret society and the dark political machinations that surround it. The book offers a fictional look into the world of power and politics, making it a suitable kick-off for our reading list.
"Democracy in One Book or Less" by David Litt
In November, we delve into "Democracy in One Book or Less" by David Litt. As the title suggests, this book is a comprehensive exploration of democracy in the United States. Litt, a former speechwriter for President Obama, shares his insights into the workings of the American political system, its flaws, and potential solutions. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and improving our democratic processes.
December is a time for holiday festivities and a break from our regular reading schedule. We encourage members to use this time to begin our next book or explore other books of their interest.
"The Family Roe: An American Story" by Joshua Prager
January brings us to "The Family Roe: An American Story" by Joshua Prager. This book explores the history and impact of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. It tells the personal stories of the people involved and the lasting implications on American society. It's a deep dive into a pivotal moment in American history.
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison
In February, we will read the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. This powerful story of a woman haunted by her traumatic past is an exploration of love, freedom, and the heavy burdens of memory. Morrison's brilliant language and storytelling make "Beloved" a timeless classic.
"The Last Politician" by Franklin Foer
The March reading is "The Last Politician" by Franklin Foer. With unprecedented access to Biden's inner circle, Foer meticulously chronicles the first two years of Biden's presidency, culminating in the crucial midterm elections. The book delves into the behind-the-scenes dynamics and decision-making processes within the administration.
"The People’s Republic of Walmart" by Leigh Phillips
In April, the book club will read "The People’s Republic of Walmart" by Leigh Phillips. This book uses the example of Walmart to examine how planning can be applied on a large scale in businesses and economies. It's a fascinating exploration of economic possibilities beyond traditional capitalism.
"Four Treasures of the Sky" by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
May's book is "Four Treasures of the Sky" by Jenny Tinghui Zhang. This historical novel follows a Chinese girl in the late 19th century who is brought to America under false pretenses, then escapes into the Wild West. Zhang's book is a moving tale of identity, survival, and the immigrant experience.
"Myth America" by Kevin M. Kruse
In June, we will delve into "Myth America" by Kevin M. Kruse. This book examines the myths that have shaped America's identity and their implications for the present day. It's a fascinating exploration of the stories we tell about our nation and ourselves.
July marks the summer break for the book club. Members can use this time to begin our next book.
"Ministry for the Future" by Kim Stanley Robinson
After the summer break, we return in August with "Ministry for the Future" by Kim Stanley Robinson. This hard science fiction novel discusses climate change and possible ways to combat its devastating effects. It's a thought-provoking read that combines science, politics, and a gripping narrative.
We hope you are as excited about these books as we are! Each book has been chosen with the aim of fostering insightful discussions and broadening our understanding of the world. We look forward to journeying through these stories and narratives with you.
Our discussions will take place online on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.