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.

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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Cover Image
ISBN: 9781601427564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Convergent Books - September 27th, 2016

Wednesday, March 15, noon

Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls "a religious but not-so-spiritual life". Tattooed, angry, and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people--a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

Orientalism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394740676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 12th, 1979

Wednesday, April 19th, noon

In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study,  Edward Said traces the origins of "orientalism" to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined "the orient" simply as "other than" the occident.

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118077
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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.