ECSSV Book Club

Upcoming Books

The Course of LoveAlain de BottonJune 24Fiction
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their LivesDashka SlaterJuly 22Social Issues
Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate ManagersRobert JackallAugust 26
Searching for Stars on an Island in MaineAlan LightmanSeptember 23


Candidates for the future

Every month we discuss the top book from the list above in the ‘Upcoming Books’ list, and choose another new book to add (for 3 months time). To help choose, books that have been suggested are listed below.  (Email us with your suggestions to add to this list)

War is a force that gives us meaningChris Hedges
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change ItDaniel Klein
On kindnessAdam Phillips; Barbara Taylor
Ending extreme inequalityScott J Myers-Lipton
In praise of idlenessBertrand Russell
The light of conscienceWilliam H Shore
Prisons we choose to live insideDoris Lessing
Why I Am Not a ChristianBertrand Russell
How We DieSherwin Nuland
The Evil We DoCarl Goldberg
The presentation of self in everyday lifeErving Goffman
Envy: A Theory of Social BehaviourHelmut SchoeckSocial Psychology
The Plot Against AmericaPhilip Roth
Facing Unpleasant FactsGeorge Orwell
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?Michael Sandel
MortalityChristopher Hitchens
On TyrranyTimothy Snyder
Born on Third BaseChuck Collins
The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual EconomyPeter Temin
The Death of ExpertiseTom Nichols
It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of ExtremismThomas E Mann
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet DeportedE.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. MannDemocracy, Advocacy
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us HookedAdam Alter
It Can't Happen HereSinclair Lewis
Homo Deus: A Brief History of TomorrowYuval Noah Harai
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant ConnectionJacob Silverman
The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About ItShawn Lawrence Otto
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956Anne Applebaum
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of MindScott Stossel
The Denial of DeathErnest Becker
When Breath Becomes AirPaul Kalanithi
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone BehindRichard V. Reeves
The Evil We Do: The Psychoanalysis of Destructive PeopleCarl Goldberg
The Hour of the StarClarice Lispector
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating OpportunityNicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar DreamsAlfred Lubrano
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy LeagueJeff Hobbs
Super Sad True Love StoryGary ShteyngartDystopian Fiction
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and ThemJoshua GreeneCulture, Ethics
Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate ManagersRobert JackallBusiness Ethics
Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar CriminalEugene SoltesBusiness Ethics
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity PoliticsMark LillaPolitics
Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of AffluenceRachel ShermanSociology, Class
A Truck Full of MoneyTracy Kidder
Strangers in Their Own LandArlie Russell HochschildSociology, Class


Past Books

Tribe: On Homecoming and BelongingSebastian JungerMay 28, 2017
Listen, liberal, or, What ever happened to the party of the people?Thomas FrankJune 25, 2017Politics - Democratic Party
Hillbilly elegyJ D VanceJuly 23, 2017
Amusing Ourselves to DeathNeil PostmanAugust 27, 2017Media, public discourse
Man's Search for MeaningVictor FranklSeptember 24, 2017
Philanthropy in Democratic SocietiesRob Reich, Lucy Bernholz and Chiara CordelliOctober 22, 2017Philanthropy, democracy, inequality, political science
The righteous mindJonathan HaidtNovember 26, 2017Moral psychology, politics, religion
The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first CenturyRyan AventJanuary 21, 2018Technology - Social Aspects, Economics
How People ChangeAllen WheelisFebruary 25, 2018Behavioral Psychology
Cannery RowJohn SteinbeckMarch 25, 2018Fiction
Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth WantingShannon VallorApril 22, 2018Technology - Social Aspects
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us HookedAdam AlterMay 27, 2018Technology - Social Aspects