Geneva Book Group

Come along and join in a future discussion of the Geneva Book Group. Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether you read the book or not, it's always a lively discussion. For more information, send an email to

The next book for discussion is Maid by Stephen Land on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

  • Nominal start time is 18:30; if you arrive after 19:00 you'll need the door code, so be sure to email
  • The group is currently meeting at the American International Women's Club, 4th floor, 11 rte. de Chêne, Geneva.
    • by TPG: Convenient to the tram #12, stop "Amandolier"
    • by car: No easy parking in the vicinity. Use Villerouge parking garage (about a 10 minute walk) rather than Coop 2000, which gets locked early and you might have to wait until Wednesday to retrieve your car.

Not required, but appreciated is if you can bring some food and/or drink to share and Fr. 5.- to help with the room rent.


Save the future book group dates:

  • May 7, 2019 | June 4, 2019 | July 2, 2019 | Aug. 6, 2019 | Sept. 3, 2019 | Oct. 1, 2019 | Nov. 5, 2019 | Dec. 3, 2019

Possible future titles:

Here's a look at what's coming up in future months. But nothing is definite—the future books are decided at the end of each meeting.

American Like Me by America Ferrera
Collection of first-person accounts of growing up in cross-cultural settings.
Conditions of Liberty, Civil Society and its Rivals by Ernest Gellner
[published 1994] NYTimes review: A witty, elegant and sharply pointed essay on the prospects for liberal democracy in the late 20th c...
The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right by Max Root
(from review) An elite Republican has had enough, and turns on the party of Trump, urging people to vote a straight Democratic ticket.
The Forgotten Americans by Isabelle Sawhill
(from review) One of the country’s leading scholars on economics and social policy, Isabel Sawhill addresses the enormous divisions in American society—economic, cultural, and political—and what might be done to bridge them.
How democracies die by Steven Levitsky
(Amazon 4 stars) Collection of information on how different autocrats took over various countries. Chilling in its analogies to what has started in the US.
It's even worse than it looks by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein
column by T. Friedman 2018-10-03 Sub-title: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank
(from review) Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Frank demonstrates, cogently and at times acidly, how the party lost the allegiance of blue-collar Americans.
Maid by Stephen Land
Observations of the problems faced by poor, working single parents, written by a woman who has been there.
Minds make societies by Pascal Boyer
(from review) (Amazon 4.5 stars) Integrating recent insights from evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology, economics, and other fields, Boyer offers precise models of why humans engage in social behaviors such as forming families, tribes, and nations, or creating gender roles.
The once and future worker by Oren Cass
(from review) core principle?a culture of respect for work of all kinds?can help close the gap dividing the two Americas….
The soul of America by John Mitcham
subtitle: The battle for our better angels.
Them: Why we hate each other—and how to heal by Ben Sasse
(from review) The Republican Senator from Nebraska preaches his solution—more community. But does he practice what he preaches?


Historical Record

  • Mar 05, 2019: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Feb 05, 2019: Fear by Bob Woodward
  • Jan 08, 2019: Donut Economics by Kate Raworth
  • Dec 04, 2018: Temp by Louis Hyman
  • Nov 06, 2018: The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
  • Oct 02, 2018: Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deenen
  • Sep 04, 2018: Political Tribes by Amy Chua
  • Aug 07, 2018: This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren
  • July 03, 2018: Dark Money by Jane Mayer
  • Jun 05, 2018: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • Feb 27, 2018: Conscience of a conservative by Jeff Flake
  • Jan 30, 2018: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Nov 28, 2017: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
  • Oct 17, 2017: What Happened by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders
April 02, 2019 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
American International Women's Club
11 route de Chêne
4th floor
Geneva 1207
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