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Mar
11
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Motherless Brooklyn” @ TBA
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

motherless_featuredThe Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 11, to discuss Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (fiction, 311 pp.  2000).  We’ll begin at 6pm with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, March 9 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book.

“Compelling and compulsively readable riff on the classic detective novel.  Lionel Essrog is an orphan whose tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Lionel spins the narrative as he tracks down the killer of his boss. Lethem really pulls it all off.  The author probes so convincingly into the disorder that you feel rattled and irritated but sympathetic towards the narrator. Edgy fiction at breakneck speed with clever wordplay  and non-stop irony.” – Barnes & Noble

Apr
15
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010”
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 15 in Silver Spring, MD to discuss Charles Murray’s Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 (nonfiction, 417 pp.  2013).  We’ll begin at 6pm with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, April 13 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

 

“In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship–divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.

The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.” – American Enterprise Institute

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