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Bookworms unite! An opportunity to discuss good reads over good eats.

A book club open to women 25 - 45 living in Northern NJ (Morris, Essex, Union counties, etc.). Each month (typically on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon), we will meet at a member's house to discuss a book of the host's choice. The host will also choose a food theme that represents the book (i.e., a book set in the South may have a Southern theme, a coming of age book may may have a favorite childhood food theme, etc.). Everyone is also asked to bring a bottle of wine or drink of their choice. Any extras will be considered gifts to the host. :)

If you like reading, wine, and home cooked food, this is the the book (and cook) club for you. Cheers!

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January Book Club: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

Update! Due to inclement weather, this will now be an online event. Please join the Zoom meeting at the scheduled event time:

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Book: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson documentaries by the dozen and fall down rabbit holes researching suburban moms gone QAnon is because we’re looking for a satisfying explanation for what causes people to join—and more importantly, stay in—extreme groups. We secretly want to know: could it happen to me? Amanda Montell’s argument is that, on some level, it already has . . .

Our culture tends to provide pretty flimsy answers to questions of cult influence, mostly having to do with vague talk of “brainwashing.” But the true answer has nothing to do with freaky mind-control wizardry or Kool-Aid. In Cultish, Montell argues that the key to manufacturing intense ideology, community, and us/them attitudes all comes down to language. In both positive ways and shadowy ones, cultish language is something we hear—and are influenced by—every single day.

Through juicy storytelling and cutting original research, Montell exposes the verbal elements that make a wide spectrum of communities “cultish,” revealing how they affect followers of groups as notorious as Heaven’s Gate, but also how they pervade our modern start-ups, Peloton leaderboards, and Instagram feeds. Incisive and darkly funny, this enrapturing take on the curious social science of power and belief will make you hear the fanatical language of “cultish” everywhere.

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November Book Club: Book Swap and Lunch

Theresa’s House

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