Leader:LaJuana S. Davis
The Agitator’s Daughter is a memoir of four generations of an Alabama family dedicated to political activism.
Leader:Andrew Robert Greene
Odessa, Ukraine, was the Russian Empire’s gateway to the Middle East, its greatest commercial seaport, and home to one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in all of Europe. Mark Twain described it as “America in miniature” because of its mix of nationalities and religions. Odessa’s reputation for nurturing feisty dissenters, artful raconteurs, and good-natured crooks cemented its place among Europe’s great cities. But in the twentieth century Odessa was battered by pogroms, revolution, war, occupation and atrocities of the Holocaust.
“The Help is set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you.
Leader:Lynn H. Schuck
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird includes one of the greatest figures in all of literature, Atticus Finch. We will examine Atticus and the other rich characters from Harper Lee's beloved novel with a new twist -- from a biblical perspective, incorporating scripture and characteristics of Jesus that come to life through this great story. This is not a Bible study; but, instead, this Book Club will be a way to see the Bible come to life through literature and through our own experiences.
Leader:Cassandra E. Adams
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.
Leader:Woodrow N. Hartzog
"If you've got nothing to hide," many people say, "you shouldn't worry about government surveillance." Others argue that we must sacrifice privacy for security. But Daniel J. Solove argues in this book that these arguments and many others are flawed. He claims that those arguments are based on mistaken views about what it means to protect privacy and the costs and benefits of doing so. The debate between privacy and security has been framed incorrectly as a zero-sum game in which we are forced to choose between one value and the other. Solove asks, “Why can't we have both?”
Leader:Howard P. Walthall
The major league team is the Tampa Bay Rays (formerly “Devil Rays”). As the subtitle indicates, the book (a) is about how the team went from worst to first (b) under new management consisting Wall Street types who applied to baseball some of approaches from the business world. Their challenge was a daunting one since Tampa Bay plays in the same division as the two franchises with the deepest resources, the Red Sox and the Yankees. The Rays remain competitive—as of the final week of the 2011 Regular Session the team is in the race for the AL Wild Card berth.
Leader:Michael D. Floyd
Many of us are concerned about the place of the United States in the 21st-Century world. Often – and unfortunately, in my view – the focus is on a declining U.S., with anxious exhortations to fight off the looming threats to U.S. supremacy. Fareed Zakaria’s book focuses on the ascent of other nations, especially China and India, and suggests a productive reframing of 21st-Century trends. Finding the appropriate policies to maximize U.S. progress is vitally important, but there is ample debate about those issues.