Maple Grove Book Club: Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl

  • April 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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To find us:  Enter the store, head left passed the Service Desk, take the last door on the left (see coat rack), hook a hard left up the stairs, enter 1st door on the left.  Does that make us Leftists?

The complete title of this book is:  Unnatural Selection:  Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men

"Lianyungang, a booming port city, has China's most extreme gender ratio for children under four: 163 boys for every 100 girls. These numbers don't seem terribly grim, but in ten years, the skewed sex ratio will pose a colossal challenge. By the time those children reach adulthood, their generation will have twenty-four million more men than women. The prognosis for China's neighbors is no less bleak: Asia now has 163 million females "missing" from its population. Gender imbalance reaches far beyond Asia, affecting Georgia, Eastern Europe, and cities in the U.S. where there are significant immigrant populations. The world, therefore, is becoming increasingly male, and this mismatch is likely to create profound social upheaval. Historically, eras in which there have been an excess of men have produced periods of violent conflict and instability. Mara Hvistendahl has written a stunning, impeccably-researched book that does not flinch from examining not only the consequences of the misbegotten policies of sex selection but Western complicity with them"-- Provided by publisher.


May:  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers by Mary Roach

June:  Infidel by Ali Ayaan Hirsi

July:  The Red Queen:  Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

August:  Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Lisa Pulitzer

September:  The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean

October:  Them:  Adventures With Extremists by Jon Ronson

November: What to Expect When No One's Expecting by Jonathan V. Last

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  • Rhonda

    Thanks for the heads up on that, Liz. I'll make some adjustments to allow enough time for folks to get it. My grandma is giving me her copy in July, so I can loan mine out if people are having a hard time getting it. I'm planning a trip to Half-Priced Books to look for some of these titles soon.

    April 1, 2013

  • Liz

    Is there any way we can push Beyond Belief back until after August? I'm far from the last person on the waiting list, and don't expect to get it until August.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Rhonda

    I've given quite advanced notice of the books we'll be discussing, as some of them have long waiting lists, (esp. Beyond Belief) so request them now or look for them at Half-Priced Books.

    March 18, 2013

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