A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their bubbles and bridge the great divide. Buy the book, read it, and come join us for a lively discussion.
We’ve all felt it: Whether we’ve argued pointlessly with someone on social media, felt our blood pressure rise as we’ve fought over politics with family members, or simply veered delicately away from certain topics, it’s hard to ignore the chasm between those who hold opposing political views. And it feels like it’s getting worse, that politics are getting uglier, and that reasonable discussion is falling by the wayside.
What can ordinary people do to bridge the great divide? We can read books that smart and reasonable people have written in defense of their views and we can talk about these books with others who may or may not wear the political stripes we do.
Come to Shelf Life Books for a monthly book club that does just that. Ideally, participants will have read the book assigned for that day, and will come prepared to discuss it. All of the books on our list will be made available by Shelf Life. We will meet from 10 am to noon on the last Saturday of every month.
The discussions will be led by Julie Sedivy, a local scholar and writer. Julie has taught linguistics and psychology at the University of Calgary and is the lead author of Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Politico, Nautilus, and Scientific American, and she has been a frequent guest on radio stations such as CBC and NPR.
The book selections for the first six months of the club are:
The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt
What’s Happened to Politics? by Bob Rae
What Is Government Good At? by Donald J. Savoie
Scarcity: Why Having Less Means So Much, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever Agree, by William D. Geirdner
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, by Robert B. Reich