What we're about

What: A once-a-month current-events-themed book club in Houston.

Who: All are welcome.

Who: All are welcome regardless of political affiliation, and the word citizenship is about acts of citizenship (including reading and discussion), not the status.

Where: for the 2019-2020 Book Club Season -- we reserve meeting space at the Freed-Montrose Library (4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006). (2017-2018/previously: the communal table in the dining area at Whole Foods on Waugh)

When: The third or fourth Thursday of the month, starting at 6:30pm. (Some months we take a break and do not meet.)

Approach: We discuss the book to discern what the author is saying—what are his/her/their main points and arguments. As we discuss, we point to key passages. In this way, our primary function is to discuss the text carefully, and clarify the group’s understanding of the text. This doesn’t mean we have to agree with the book, but our agreement/disagreement with the book is secondary to spending time to understand it.

Purpose: We hope to support and motivate you to read about topics that interest you and that are pressing to our times. Through our discussions, we want to build a meaningfully engaged community in Houston.

Attendance: Of course we'd love for you to join all the discussions, but please feel welcomed to come when you can/for the months and books that you choose.

January 2019 to February 2020 Reading List (14 months, 10 books!):

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville, University of Chicago, ed. Mansfield. Please see our website, linked below, and/or the posted Meet-up event, for selected pages/chapters. January 17, 2019 (6:30 pm)

2019 Legislative Budget Board (LBB) Staff Report ( https://www.lbb.state.tx.us/State_Entity_Reviews.aspx ) February 28, 2019 (6:30 pm) – pick three articles. This will publish in mid- to late January of 2019.

March break!

Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, by Zeynep Tufekci, April 18, 2019 (6:30 pm) – and your own review of the recent data privacy laws coming out of the European Union (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- https://eugdpr.org/the-regulation/ ) and California (California Consumer Privacy Act, A.B. 375).

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, May 23, 2019 (6:30 pm)

June break!

The Human Condition, by Hannah Arendt, July 18, 2019 (6:30 pm)

August break!

The Captive Mind, by Czesław Miłosz, September 19, 2019 (6:30 pm)

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, by Adam Tooze, October 17, 2019 (6:30 pm)

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, November 28, 2019 (6:30 pm)

December break!

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by Eric Klineberg, January 23, 2020 (6:30 pm)

Brother I'm Dying, by Edwige Danticat, February 27, 2020 (6:30 pm)

Additional Optional Recommended Reading (throughout the year):

· On Revolution, by Hannah Arendt

· Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference, by John Inazu

· Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas, by David Scott FitzGerald ( http://www.hup.harvard.edu/results-list.php?author=17179 )and David Cook-Martín ( http://www.hup.harvard.edu/results-list.php?author=17180 )

· Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing, by Lee Staples

· The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

· Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild

· The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
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Discuss "Brother I'm Dying," by Edwige Danticat

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