Book Discussion Books 2022-2023

League of Women Voters – Prince William Fauquier Area
Book Discussion List 2022 – 2023

April 4th, 2022, 11:30 – 1 P.M., Juke Box Diner, 8637 Sudley Road, Manassas, 20110.
Mastering Civility, Christine Porath

Incivility is silently chipping away at people, organizations, and our economy. Slights, insensitivities, and rude behaviors can cut deeply. Moreover, incivility hijacks focus.
In this book, Porath shows how people can enhance their influence and effectiveness with civility.

July 12, 11:30 – 1 P.M., Effingham Manor Winery
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know, Malcolm Gladwell

This is an intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

October 11, 6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Brittany’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, 12449 Dillingham Sq., Woodbridge, 22192
The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein

Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.

January 12, 11:30 – 1 P.M., Olive Garden, Manassas
The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Their Battle to Save America’s Soul, Brian Kilmeade

In The President and the Freedom Fighter, Brian Kilmeade tells the little-known story of how two American heroes moved from strong disagreement to friendship, and in the process changed the entire course of history.

Compiled by Connie Gilman, Chair Book Discussion Committee