Arlington 55+ Book Club: "The Sum of Us"
We meet to discuss an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction.
This book club is hosted in partnership with the Arlington's Office of Senior Adult Programs.
We meet online on the first Friday of the month via Zoom. We are led by an experienced volunteer. We welcome new members to join us in reading and discussing current literary fiction, historical fiction and some nonfiction titles.
To receive Zoom meeting information, register for the group's email list. The volunteer who leads the group will email a link to the Zoom meeting one day before the meeting.
About this month's title: "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and how We Can Prosper Together" by Heather McGhee
"...Racism [is] the common denominator in our most vexing public problems, even beyond our economy. It is at the core of the dysfunction of our democracy and even the spiritual and moral crises that grip us. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? To find the way, McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Mississippi to Maine, tallying up what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm--the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others... But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee also finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to the benefit of all involved"
2023 Reading LIst:
- Jan. 6: "The Hemingses of Monticello" by Annette Gordon-Reed
- Feb. 3: "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and how We Can Prosper Together" by Heather McGhee
- Mar. 3: "The Diamond Eye" by Kate Quinn
- Apr. 7: "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" by Olga Tokarchuk
- May 5: "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yoko Ogawa
- Jun. 2: "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" by Elizabeth Taylor
- Jul. 7: "Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman
- Aug. 4: "Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal" by George Packer
- Sep. 1: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera
- Oct 6: "An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic" by David Mendelsohn
- Nov. 3: "Mother Daughter Traitor Spy" by Susan Elia McNeal
- Dec. 1: "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Gamus
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