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 Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250132147
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - July 3rd, 2017

Discussion on Sunday, January 7 at 2:00pm.

Award-winning author and longtime environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams illuminates the unique grandeur of America’s national parks in an intrepid series of lyrical portraits. In passionate and insightful prose, Williams celebrates the beauty of the American landscape while reinforcing the necessity of responsible stewardship. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

Antigone Books customer Mary Jean says:
"In The Hour of Land a brilliant writer/environmentalist takes us on a journey, historical and real-time, through the National Parks. Any one who loves beautiful writing and the outdoors will love this."

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126352
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 20th, 2017

Discussion on Sunday, February 4 at 2:00pm.

In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism in response to James Baldwin’s groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, The Fire Next Time. Significant progress has been made in the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essays were published, but America is a long distance away from a “post-racial society.” Celebrated authors including Claudia Rankine argue that we must confront this truth if we are to continue to work towards change. This indispensible anthology shines a light on the darkest corners of our history and wrestles with our current predicament to imagine a better future.

Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872867154
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - September 12th, 2017

Discussion on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00pm.

Local author and journalist Todd Miller has been writing about border issues for over 15 years. In Storming the Wall, Miller explores the impact of the environmental crisis on the developed world’s borders and resources. According to U.S. military planners, climate change now poses the #1 national security threat to the U.S. Droughts, fires, and floods are driving ever-larger numbers of people to cross national borders, and legions of highly militarized border armies are being deployed to stop them. Miller’s research has taken him to hot spots around the globe, allowing him to share with us a few of the countless stories of people engaged in creative defiance of the armies and border patrols being deployed to fight those in flight.