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.


 

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118077
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 31st, 2010

Wednesday, May 17th, noon

Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster, people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? Award-winning author Solnit explores this phenomena, looking at major calamities from the past 100 years.


A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807062920
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - September 8th, 2015

Wednesday, June 21st, noon

The memoir of one Colombian-Cuban daughter's rebellions and negotiations with the women who raised her and the world that wanted to fit her into a cubbyhole. From language acquisition to coming out as bisexual to arriving as a reporting intern at the New York Times as the paper is rocked by its biggest plagiarism scandal, Daisy Hernandez chronicles what the women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love.


Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 2014

Wednesday, July 19th, noon

As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature.