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SO Very Literary Book Club
SO Very Literary Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome.
September's book selection is The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder. You can find print and electronic copies in our library catalog here https://bit.ly/2Ua5iyH - there may be a waitlist.
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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder
With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy seemed final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar in Europe and the United States.
Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself. The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies. Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. To understand the challenge is to see, and perhaps renew, the fundamental political virtues offered by tradition and demanded by the future. (Amazon.com)
January: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
February: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March:The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
April: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
May: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
June: The Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
July: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
August: Leave the World Behind by Alam Rumaan
September: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder
October: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
November: Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit
December: Book Share to select titles for next year
- Thursday, September 16, 2021
- 2:00pm - 3:00pm
- Diamond Room
- South Valleys Library
- Book Club