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.


 

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To the Bright Edge of the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316242837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393355161
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.