Bridging the Divide Book Club

The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. There will be several moderators whose viewpoints span the political spectrum: left, right and neutral. The book selections will also be chosen to represent issues and viewpoints across the political spectrum.  The aim of each discussion is to promote understanding ... “Ah, now I understand how they can think that!” ... rather than convince anyone of a particular point of view. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.  The next few sessions and their information are:

Wednesday, June 6: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  Kory Swanson, president of the John Locke Foundation, will moderate.

Wednesday, July 4: No meeting in observance of Independence Day

Wednesday, August 8 (not the first Wednesday): We will not be meeting in August. We suggest attending the author event with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong with Think Again: How to Reason and Argue. 

Wednesday, September 5The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know by Philip Cook and Kristin Goss. Co-author Philip Cook, professor of Public Policy, Economics and Sociology at Duke University, will moderate.

As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 21% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the counter when you purchase it.

Shop our current and past selections below.

The New Jim Crow Cover Image
By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.


Think Again: How to Reason and Argue Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780190627126
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 2nd, 2018

Our personal and political worlds are rife with arguments and disagreements, some of them petty and vitriolic. The inability to compromise and understand the opposition is epidemic today, from countries refusing to negotiate, to politicians pandering to their base. Social media has produced a virulent world where extreme positions dominate.


The Gun Debate (What Everyone Needs to Know) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780199338993
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 1st, 2014

No topic is more polarizing than guns and gun control. From a gun culture that took root early in American history to the mass shootings that repeatedly bring the public discussion of gun control to a fever pitch, the topic has preoccupied citizens, public officials, and special interest groups for decades.


Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562853
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Published: Penguin Press - February 20th, 2018

The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home


The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307455772
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

New York Times Bestseller

In this "landmark contribution to humanity's understanding of itself" (The New York Times Book Review) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike.


The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455591893
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Published: Twelve - June 27th, 2017

From Kim Strassel-one of the preeminent political columnists writing today and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board-comes an insightful, alarming look at how the Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech.


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)


Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947901
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Published: Anchor Books - January 24th, 2017

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Who are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.


Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250094728
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Nonfiction

Named a Notable Book of the Year by
The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post


How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780804794220
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Published: Stanford Briefs - March 11th, 2015

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist


Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476769905
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 29th, 2016

A New York Times bestseller and "a passionate, urgent" (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.


Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307453433
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Published: Crown Forum - January 29th, 2013

Coming Apart - an acclaimed bestseller that explains why white America has become fractured and divided in education and class.


How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780199371242
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Published: OUP Us - October 1st, 2014

The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution.