VB Reads... Engaged Citizens Book Group

Read and discuss a variety of books exploring how to create a more civil and engaged community. Join Mary Dumas on the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:30. Authors DO NOT attend. Meetings are in the Readings Gallery -- brown bag lunches are encouraged. Anyone interested in exploring their role as an engaged citizen is welcome.

For a list of terms and ideas that the Engaged Citizens Book Group uses to select titles, click here.


The Whistling Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156031646
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Published: Harvest Books - May 7th, 2007

Wednesday, March 21st, noon

"Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"--none of them of the textbook variety--Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse.

Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

Wednesday, April 18th, noon

In her comic, scathing essay, "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Wednesday, May 16th, noon

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off.

To the Bright Edge of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316242837
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 29th, 2017

Wednesday, June 20th, noon

In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return--once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him.

Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355161
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 28th, 2017

Wednesday, July 18th, noon

The International Monetary Fund, other major institutions like the World Bank, and global trade agreements have often harmed the developing nations they are supposedly helping. Yet globalization today continues to be mismanaged, and now the harms--exemplified by the rampant inequality to which it has contributed--have come home to roost in the United States and the rest of the developed world as well, reflected in growing political unrest.

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity Cover Image
By Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell (Translator), Erica Segre (Translator)
ISBN: 9780735213937
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 23rd, 2018

Wednesday, August 15th, noon

What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? In elegant and accessible prose, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity.