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What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019? 
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 What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?
What non-fiction book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?

We need suggestions for non-fiction books you think would be fun to talk about in the 90 day period stretching from September through November of 2019.
Please only make suggestions if you are an active member, have 5 or more total posts on the forums AND actually plan to read and discuss the book you suggest in the event that book is selected for community discussion. This is NOT the place for authors to suggest their own books so please don't do that.

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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?
If we don't have a handful of non-fiction suggestions in the next few days I will look for some books myself. ;-)



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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?
I'm suggesting Colin Woodard's "American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good" for discussion.

In this book Woodard traces the two strands of individual liberty and the common good through through the full history of the United States from the first colonies to the Tea Party.

His earlier book, "American Nations: A History of The Rival Regional Cultures of North America" is a good foundation for "American Character", and he conveniently provides a summary of that book in chapter 3 of "American Character".

In the present political climate with the election on the horizon, I believe this book would generate some good discussions to better understand the big issues - for this interested Canadian observer anyway.



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This is a great suggestion. I think you're right that this would stimulate a quality discussion.



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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?
I'm not sure if you have already looked at "Merchants of Doubt", but if not I would recommend it. No book is more important right now, and there are lots of tangents to comment on. But maybe the issue is a little too one-sided. "American Character" sounds good, if maybe a bit like others we have seen recently.

Woodward's "Fear" is interesting. Again the topic is one-sided, but there are still lots of juicy details.

Maybe something by Malcolm Gladwell, or by Michael Lewis? Their stuff is so readable.



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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?
Even though summer will be about over by the time the book's discussed, I like Harry's suggestion of something a little bit breezy. Some possibilities here: https://www.bookbub.com/blog/best-non-f ... ers-blurbs. I've been wanting to read Tara Westover's Educated, a companion to Hillbilly Elegy, perhaps? Lab Girl and High Achiever also look good.

That said, I'd be okay with Lev V's suggestion as well.



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Cattleman has suggested Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover.



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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book should we discuss in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2019?
LevV wrote:
A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.

In a nutshell, these are the progressive and conservative positions. This book sounds interesting to me.


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Thanks, Chris. I thought this was an ecellent and fascinating book. (Reference: "Educated: A Memoir," by Tara Westover.)


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It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments of oceanic crust, and land newly minted by volcanic activity. Yet even at this early stage Europe was exerting a disproportionate influence on the world.

About 100 million years ago, the interaction of three continents—Asia, North America and Africa—formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the Europe of today, a place of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high energy.

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We have 5 members saying they are interested in reading and discussing American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good so I'm going to create the new forum for this book right now. All other non-fiction book suggestions had a max of only 2 people expressing interest so I think American Character is our best option. Thanks to all of you that helped with this selection process! :appl:



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