Past Book Club Books

The Cheshire County Democrats Book Group:

What We Have Read since 2005 to present

2015

January- Rosewater: Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari.  It’s a memoir by an imprisoned Iranian journalist.  The book has recently been made into a movie directed by Jon Stewart. We will meet on Monday, January 5, 6:30 PM in the Food Court at Colony Mill Market Place.

 2014

Hard Choices, by Hillary Clinton

Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario

Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees … and Other Conversations we Forgot to Have, by Bill Geist and Willie Geist

A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, by Amanda Ripley

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink

Book of Ages: The Life & Opinion of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore

2013

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral, by Mark Leibovich

The Execution Channel: A Political Fable, by Michael McCord

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert D. Putnam

Field Trip – Amos Fortune Forum – Robert Putnam

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King

Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship, by Tom Ryan

Looking for the Gulf Hotel, by Richard Blanco

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles C. Mann

Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature, by Kenny Ausubel

Whose Names Are Unknown, by Sanora Babb

Grassroots: One Year in the Life of the Presidential Primary, by Dayton Duncan

2012

The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, by Michael Grunwald

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow

Going Away Potluck for Penny and Pat Eggleston

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing, by Jim Yardley

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, by Michael Zuckoff

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, by Charles Murray

The Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larsen

2011

Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Shiff

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal, by Eric Grietens

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do, by Michael Sandel

Field Trip – Amos Forum Fortune – Eliza Griswold

Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness, by Harlow Giles Unger

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam, by Elizabeth Griswold

Third World America: How our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, by Arianna Huffington

Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, by Ian Buruma

2010

Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, by James Fallows

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Greatest Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker & the Rise & Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S. C. Gwynne

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, by Gail Collins

Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder

Physics for Future Presidents, by Richard A. Muller

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education, by Diane Ravitch

The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, by Jack Rakove

The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves, by Andrew Ross Sorkin

2009

The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, by Sarah Chayes

$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline will Change Our Lives for the Better, by Christopher Steiner

The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, by Ahmed Rashid

The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, by Peter S. Canellos

The Old American, by Ernest Hebert

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, by Luis Alberto Urrea

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham

The Defining Moment: FRD’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, by Jonathan Alter

2008

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How it Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Polan

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,, by Malcolm Gladwell

They Went Whistling – Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways and Renegades, by Barbara Holland

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace – One School at a Time, by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin

Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media, by Eric Klinenberg

2007

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989, by Michael Beschloss

Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

The Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams, by Joseph Ellis

Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower, by Zbigniew Brzezinski

Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, by Don Cheatle and John Prendergast

The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell

Snow, by Orhan Pamuk

State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, by Bob Woodward

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, by Geraldine Brooks

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, by Barack Obama

2006

The Myth of Progress: Towards a Sustainable Future, by Tom Wessels

Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East, by Clyde Prestowitz

Politics Lost: How American Democracy was Trivialized by People Who Think You’re Stupid, by Joe Klein

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horowitz

Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, by Jimmy Carter

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, by Diane Wilson

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, by Susan Jacoby

The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy, by T.R. Reid

Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq, by Riverbend

2005

The Working Poor: Invisible in America, by David Shipler

Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

The Swallows of Kabul, by Yasmina Khadra

Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate – The Essential Guide for                Progressives, by George Lakoff

What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, by Thomas Frank