Up Next... January 2022

Here's a brief description from the Amazon website: In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort." Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities -- not by region or by state, but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live a few miles away. How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work.

 

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What We have read

2021

2020

2019

2018

  • November - The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • September - Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education by Michael Brick
  • July - No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City by Katherine Newman
  • May - What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities - One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time by Dar Williams
  • March - Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
  • January - The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

2017

  • November - Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care by George C. Halvorson.
  • September - If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities by Benjamin R. Barber
  • July - Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives by Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
  • May - Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
  • March - Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam
  • January - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

2016

  • November - The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
  • September - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • July - The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer
  • May - Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
  • March - The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence by Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros
  • January - The Road to Character by David Brooks

2015

  • November - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • September - Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
  • July - Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin
  • May - The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber
  • March - Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
  • January - Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray

2014

  • November - Living "Illegal": The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration by Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Timothy J Steigenga, Philip J. Williams, Manuel A. Vasquez
  • September - Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America by Paul Tough
  • July - The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  • May - David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  • March - Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff
  • January - Whistling Vivaldi: How stereotypes affect us and what we can do by Claude M. Steele

2013

  • November - Why Don't They Just Get a Job?: One Couple's Mission to End Poverty in Their Community  by Liane Philips, Echo Montgomery Garrett
  • September - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
  • July - Generous Justice by Timothy Keller
  • May - The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
  • March - Promises I can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage by Kathryn Edin and Maria J. Kefalas
  • January - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

2012

  • November - Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
  • September - American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare by Jason DeParle
  • July - Bridges to Sustainable Communities by Philip E. DeVol
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