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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!

Fall 2018 LWVS Book Group

The LWVS Fall Community Book Discussion will take place on
Thursday, November 29th
This year we will offer two discussion times: 10 AM and 7 PM
Location TBD

This Fall we will read and discuss:

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

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage--the startling and timely history of voter suppression in America-- Carol Anderson now brings us One Person, No Vote, with a forward by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, in which she chronicles the history of the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.
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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:

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