Books and Brews August 2019

2019 Books and Brews Book List


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A charming and calming read into what happened to an aristocratic man after the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917. towles/9780143110439/


Doing Justice by Preet Bharara


Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer
Indoor calico cat, Patches, accidentally ventures outside in search of a special place. A story of loss, loneliness, community, and love. Written using concrete poetry. It made me cry. A great book to read with children! Author lives in Minneapolis.

The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kills the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy by Seth Masket

Masket explores anti-party reforms and makes the case that political parties, as networks of like-minded policy demanders, have a way of adapting and sometimes thriving despite structural changes designed to reduce their influence. Masket considers the Colorado Democratic Party’s response to federal and state- level finance regulations, partisan structures in non-partisan legislatures in Minnesota and Nebraska, and the party response to the 2003 non-partisan recall election in California. Masket suggests political party organization is so difficult to suppress because it is a critical component of democracy that helps make government more accountable to citizens’ preferences.


Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean maclean/9781101980972/

Maid by Stephanie Land


Separation of Church and State by Philip Hamburger

Bridges of Madison Country by Robert James Waller


Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Weaving together ecological consciousness, botany, and Potawatomi Nation to move to a covenant of reciprocity.


Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki


The Overstory: A novel by Richard Powers
Huge novel and call to action on saving our precious forests. Every character is compelling and offbeat enough to “hear” the trees telling us to change our ways. Long and worth it.


Democracy in Chains by Nancy Maclean
An important book to understand how Republican and Libertarian capitalists have been quietly organizing for 50-60 years to undermine our democracy to ensure they do not need to pay taxes to support government. maclean/9781101980972/

White Rage by Carol Anderson

Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzel


Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi
Post-apocalyptic America. Human civilization is in decline for ecologic reasons. Really interesting economy and tech.

The Witch Elm by Tana French
I love Tana’s work. It’s all typically crime novels based in Ireland. Great characters.


How to do Nothing by Jenny Odell I am eager to read it! odell/9781612197494/

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