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Book Groups

LWVS Community Book Groups

Twice a year-- fall and spring-- the League chooses a book that is interesting, timely and thought-provoking as the subject of a community book discussion. Open to all and typically held at a member's home, these discussions are casual and collegial, honest and lively. You'll certainly leave with new knowledge and insight, and maybe a few new friends! Join us!

Spring 2019 LWVS Book Group

The LWVS Spring Community Book Discussion will take place on
Thursday, April 25th
10 AM - 12 noon
Location: 65 Church Lane

This Spring we will read and discuss: How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley

In this New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, author Jason Stanley (How Propaganda Works) delivers an instructive and poignant examination of fascism-a resurgent presence in both developed and developing nations, including the United States-in this cogent and accessibly written book. Stanley cites past and present examples of fascist behavior from politicians-from Hitler, Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, and Benito Mussolini to Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump-and draws on sociology and critical race theory to identify 10 concepts and tools employed by political leaders to promote a fascist politics that rely on an "us-versus-them" mentality.

Join the League for a lively, in-depth discussion of this fascinating book. See old friends and meet new ones in a casual, relaxed setting!

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Past LWVS Book Selections

The League started its popular Community Book Discussions in 2015. These are the books we've read and discussed in years past:

FALL 2018 - One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Democracy by Carol Anderson

SPRING 2018 - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

FALL 2017 - Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirschman

FALL 2016 - Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

SPRING 2016 - Dark Money, The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

FALL 2015 - The Prize: Who's In Charge of America's Schools by Dale Russakoff

SPRING 2015 - The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs