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Book Group: Current Books

  • 12/18/2017 - 2:00pm

    Location: Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

    Americans are a "positive" people -- cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: This is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive is the key to getting success and prosperity. Or so we are told.

    In this utterly original debunking, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the false promises of positive thinking and shows its reach into every corner of American life, from Evangelical megachurches to the medical establishment, and, worst of all, to the business community, where the refusal to consider negative outcomes--like mortgage defaults--contributed directly to the current economic disaster. With the myth-busting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of positive thinking: personal self-blame and national denial. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best--poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.

Book Group Information

The Jefferson Center Book Group meets on the third MONDAY of the month, 2-4 pm, at The Jefferson Center, in the Old Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street, suite 101. All are welcome. Join us if you love to read and discuss books! We are group #17 at Bloomsbury’s if you choose to get your books there. Note that we have switched our meeting date to Monday beginning October 20, 2014.

The Jefferson Center Library
A small collection of writings on religion and non-religion, philosophy, history and science is housed at the Jeff Center . When you visit for an event, have a look. Books and re-prints can be checked out by members of the Jeff Center using the checkout sheet. If you have a book you’d like to contribute to our library, bring it in.