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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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything about the World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501121470
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 11th, 2016

Wednesday, August 16th, noon

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general.  Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China's power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical. 


Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781503943377
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 2017

Wednesday, September 20th , noon

 In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, falls for a beautiful widow, and becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345350688
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

Wednesday, October 18th, noon

Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.