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LWVCC Book Group

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle hosts a book discussion several times a year, usually on Wednesday morning in the Concord Free Public Library on Main Street. For information, contact BookGroup@lwvcc.org.

Enjoy lively discussions of books chosen by group members. All are welcome.

LWVCC Book Group 17-18

We will be discussing Arlie Russell Hochschild's book Strangers in Their Own Land.

Arlie Russell Hochschild's fall 2016 book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, addresses the increasingly bitter political divide in America. A finalist for the National Book Award.

From a September 20, 2016 article in the New Yorker by Benjamin Wallace-Wells

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has just published a book, "Strangers in their Own Land," that tries to understand the emotional roots of the Tea Party movement and the Trump phenomenon. To do this, Hoschshild spent much of the past five years in rural parts of southern Louisiana, where the population is mostly white, poor, and, by national standards, badly educated. Hochschild noticed that Tea Party enthusiasts and traditional conservatives gave her accounts of American society that boiled down to a single "deep story." This story was that America, which was once characterized by hard work, was now characterized by cheating; the image that Hochschild chose was that of people cutting in line. For Hochschild's subjects, the line-cutters were African-Americans, promoted by affirmative action, she writes, but also "women, immigrants, refugees, public-sector workers--where will it end? Your money is running through a liberal sympathy sieve you don't control or agree with." President Obama, in this vision, was the man controlling the line, waving the line-cutters ahead--"their president, not your president." Hochschild shared this analogy in e-mails to the plumbers and insurance brokers she had met. "I live your analogy," one wrote back. "It's my story," another said. A third wrote, "You've read my mind.",

Fall Meeting (Dates to be determined)

See past book selections below.

Books We've Read

Past LWVCC Book Group Selections

A TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns Goodwin

ABUNDANCE: The Future is Better Thank You Think by Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler

AMERICAN BLOOMSBURY by Susan Cheever

ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE by Barbara Kingsolver

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

BLACK WALDEN: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts by Elise Lemire

THE BOY WHO HARNASSED THE WIND: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE by Jeff Clements

DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

DESCENT INTO CHAOS: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

DESERT QUEEN: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach

FAST FOOD NATION: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

FOUNDING MEMORIES by Cokie Roberts

GUN AND THE OLIVE BRANCH: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East by David Hirst

GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

HIDDEN FIGURES: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

HOT, FLAT AND CROWDED by Thomas Friedman

INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

ISTANBUL: Memories and the City by Orphan Pamuk

THE LEMON TREE by Sandy Tolan

THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RACHEL CARSON by William Sounder

LBJ: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro

LIPSTICK JIHAD by Azadeh Moaveni

THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT 1960 by Theodore H. White

MIDDLE PASSAGES: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 by James T. Campbell

THE NINE by Jeffrey Toobin

NINE PARTS OF DESIRE by Geraldine Brooks

THE OATH: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA by Michael Pollen

OUT OF EDEN: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick

OVERTHROW by Stephen Kinzer

PARIS 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan

THE PLACES IN BETWEEN by Rory Stewart

REIGN OF ERROR: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitch

THE RIGHT TO VOTE: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar

SISTERS IN LAW: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirschman

SISTERS: The Lives of America's Suffragists by Jean H. Baker

SLAVERY BY ANOTEHR NAME: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

STONES INTO SCHOOLS by Greg Mortenson

TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern

THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE: THE Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond

THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN by Jon Kraukauer

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? by Thomas Frank

WHY NATIONS FAIL: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson

THE WORLD IS FLAT by Thomas Friedman

Author's Talks

PEABODY SISTERS, THE by Megan Marshall

SKATING ON THE EDGE: A Memoir and Journey Through a Metamorphosis of the CIA by Carlos Luria

TWENTY-SEVEN DOLLARS AND A DREAM: How Muhammad Yunus Changed the World and What It Cost Him by Katharine Esty