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Current Events Reading Group

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The Current Events Reading Group is dedicated to reading and discussing works of nonfiction pertinent to the pressing issues of our day.  Topics we explore include: race, class, gender, debt, work, the environment, politics, technology and media, imperialism, post-colonialism, organizing and activism, culture, and aesthetics.

We want this group to empower readers to become more informed, engaged, and connected to both each other and society at large.  We hope this can be a space for respectful, honest, complex thought and discussion.  Both when speaking and listening, members are invited to be generous, open, and considerate. We are committed to making these meetings safe, non-hierarchical, and free of conversions or corrections. 

Those purchasing the book for the meeting are entitled to a 15% discount. Please mention the reading group's name at check out.

Below are books we've read previously:

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone By Astra Taylor Cover Image
$27.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781250179845
Published: Metropolitan Books - May 7th, 2019

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor) Cover Image
By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781849353267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: AK Press - March 19th, 2019

An American Sunrise: Poems By Joy Harjo Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324003861
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translated by) Cover Image
By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399588822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 21st, 2017

Heavy: An American Memoir By Kiese Laymon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights By Molly Smith, Juno Mac Cover Image
$24.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781786633606
Published: Verso - November 6th, 2018

Disoriental By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture By Roxane Gay Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062413512
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

Braiding Sweetgrass By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

The Burnout Society By Byung-Chul Han Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780804795098
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Stanford Briefs - August 12th, 2015

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way By Ursula K. Le Guin Cover Image
$14.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781570623950
Published: Shambhala - October 20th, 1998

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by) Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608465644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins By Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing Cover Image
$19.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780691178325
Published: Princeton University Press - September 19th, 2017

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

Mistaken Identity: Mass Movements and Racial Ideology By Asad Haider Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781786637376
Availability: Backordered
Published: Verso - May 15th, 2018

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other By Sherry Turkle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465093656
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Basic Books - November 7th, 2017

Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era By Paul B. Preciado, Bruce Benderson (Translator) Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781558618374
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Feminist Press - September 17th, 2013

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution By C.L.R. James Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780679724674
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds By Adrienne Maree Brown Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849352604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? By Mark Fisher Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781846943171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zero Books - December 16th, 2009

Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair (Thinking Out Loud) By Bonnie Honig Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780823276417
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Fordham University Press - March 1st, 2017

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border By Francisco Cantú Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217713
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

Whites, Jews, and Us: Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series #22) By Houria Bouteldja, Cornel West (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Houria Bouteldja, Cornel West (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635900033
Availability: Backordered
Published: Semiotext(e) - November 3rd, 2017

All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) By bell hooks Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Debt: The First 5,000 Years,Updated and Expanded By David Graeber Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781612194196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House - October 28th, 2014

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right By Angela Nagle Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781785355431
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zero Books - June 30th, 2017

The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View By Ellen Meiksins Wood Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781786630681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - May 2nd, 2017

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair By Sarah Schulman Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781551526430
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 4th, 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law By Dean Spade Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780822360407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals By Saul Alinsky Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679721130
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

Women, Race & Class By Angela Y. Davis Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780394713519
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 12th, 1983

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate By Naomi Klein Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781451697391
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic By Sam Quinones Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781620402528
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 5th, 2016

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126345
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Scribner - August 2nd, 2016