Democracy & Dissent Book Group

This group, facilitated by Gisela Jernigan, discusses non-fiction books on many topics, most with a  political-sociological bent. They've discussed books about education, politics,food, urban planning, border issues, economics, and issues of race and culture.
This group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm.
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Books for the group are 10% off the month prior to the discussion.


The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503935747
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Harbor Press - September 6th, 2016

When therapist Elizabeth Heaney left her private practice to counsel military service members and their families, she came face-to-face with unheard of struggles and fears. Traveling to various military bases, Heaney worked through her own preconceived notions to provide a realistic portrayal of the life and struggles of those she met along the way. Rather than simply focusing on the lingering, quietly poisonous effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heaney explores the sacrifices and emotional burdens that are too often overlooked and presents deeply personal stories from the combat veterans she’s worked with.

Discussion will be on February 5.

Half of a Yellow Sun Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400095209
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - September 4th, 2007

Written by the celebrated author of Americanah and set against a backdrop of war-torn Nigeria, Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has masterfully woven together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade, producing an unforgettable story of moral responsibility, the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, and the ways in which love can complicate them all.

Discussion will be on March 5.

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307947901
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - January 24th, 2017

In this powerful, meticulously reported history, bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Jane Mayer reveals the methods by which the wealthiest people in America have used their fortunes to steadily alter the course of American politics over several decades and multiple generations. Among the guiltiest offenders are Charles and David Koch, the wealthy owners of Koch Industries, who have worked to create a private political bank capable of bestowing unlimited amounts of money on favored candidates, with virtually no disclosure of its source. Using evidence from hundreds of interviews, Mayer provides a frame-by-frame analysis showing how the Koch brothers have all but succeeded in demolishing a once great democracy and enshrining an ideology that puts profit ahead of human lives and the future of the planet.

Discussion on April 2.