The Harvard Book Club --Wednesday, November 20

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the
Joseph Beth Bookstore.

The next book is White Working Class--Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams.

About the author:

Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams’s work includes What Works for Women at Work, coauthored with Rachel Dempsey (New York University Press, 2014); Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000); and such widely read reports as “The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict,” coauthored with Heather Boushey. Williams is frequently featured as an expert on social class. For more information, visit JoanCWilliams.com.

About the book :  An Amazon Best Business and Leadership book of 2017

Around the world, populist movements are gaining traction among the white working class. Meanwhile, members of the professional elite—journalists, managers, and establishment politicians--are on the outside looking in, left to argue over the reasons. In White Working Class, Joan C. Williams, described as having "something approaching rock star status" by the New York Times, explains why so much of the elite's analysis of the white working class is misguided, rooted in class cluelessness.

Williams explains that many people have conflated "working class" with "poor"--but the working class is, in fact, the elusive, purportedly disappearing middle class. They often resent the poor and the professionals alike. But they don't resent the truly rich, nor are they particularly bothered by income inequality. Their dream is not to join the upper middle class, with its different culture, but to stay true to their own values in their own communities--just with more money. While white working-class motivations are often dismissed as racist or xenophobic, Williams shows that they have their own class consciousness.

White Working Class is a blunt, bracing narrative that sketches a nuanced portrait of millions of people who have proven to be a potent political force. For anyone stunned by the rise of populist, nationalist movements, wondering why so many would seemingly vote against their own economic interests, or simply feeling like a stranger in their own country, White Working Class will be a convincing primer on how to connect with a crucial set of workers--and voters.

 

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Other Books Recently Suggested:

"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

"A Walk in the Woods, Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail" by Bill Bryson

"A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf

"Life on the Mississippi" by Mark Twain

"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine
"There, There" by Tommy Orange

"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

"Lost Illusions," by Honore Balzac

"Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi," by Amy-Jill Levine

"Reconstruction:  Opposing Viewpoints," by Brenda Stalcup

"Denmark Vesey's Garden:  Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy," by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts

"Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption," by Bryan Stevenson

"One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marques

"100 Things to See in the Night Sky:  From Planets to Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing," by Dean Regas

"Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry," by William R. Meyers

"Personal History," by Katharine Graham

"Plrknib," by Alex Bernstein

"The Red Tent," by Anita Diamant

"Commander in Chief:  FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943," by Nigel Hamilton

"The Mantle of Command," by Nigel Hamilton

 

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When:

7:30PM - 9:00PM Wed 20 Nov 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )

Where:

Bronte Cafe: Joseph Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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