Each month we will meet in thein the Main Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, Social Sciences Department at 12:00 noon. Books may be picked up at the Social Sciences Department reference desk. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.
|Putin’s Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia
by Steve Levine
Thursday, September 8 • 12:00 p.m.
GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Mr. Milos Markovic, Manager, International Languages Department, Cleveland Public Library
“In Putin’s Labyrinth, Steve LeVine provides an account of modern Russia. President Dmitri Medvedev and the country’s real power, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are posing a resolute challenge to the West. In a narrative that recounts the lives and deaths of six Russians, LeVine portrays the growth of a “culture of death” – from targeted assassinations of the state’s enemies to the Kremlin’s indifference when innocent hostages are slaughtered. Interviews with eyewitnesses and the families and friends of these victims reveal how Russians manage to negotiate their way around the ever-present danger of violence and the emotional toll that this lethal maze is exacting on ordinary people. The result is a fresh way of assessing the forces that are driving this major new confrontation with the West.”–Book Jacket
|Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again
by Donald J. Trump
Thursday, October 13 • 12:00 p.m.
GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Mr. Mark Moore, Senior Subject Department Librarian, Social Sciences Department, Cleveland Public Library
Donald Trump outlines how a crippled America could be restored to greatness. The book explores Trump’s view on key issues including the economy, big CEO salaries and taxes, healthcare, education, national security, and social issues. Of particular interest is his vision for complete immigration reform, beginning with securing the borders and putting American workers first.
|Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, The History of an Idea
by Mitchell Duneier
Thursday, November 10 • 12:00 p.m.
GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Mr. Tom Edwards, Map Librarian, Center for Local and Global History, Cleveland Public Library
On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in “il geto”–a closed quarter named for the copper foundry that once occupied the area. The term stuck. In this sweeping and original account, Mitchell Duneier traces the idea of the ghetto from its beginnings in the sixteenth century and its revival by the Nazis to the present. He argues that we cannot comprehend the entanglements of race, poverty, and place in America today without recalling the ghettos of Europe, as well as earlier efforts to understand the problems of the American city.
|Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
by Lesley Stahl
Thursday, December 8 • 12:00 p.m.
After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl says the most vivid and transforming experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or any other of her stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to “investigate” it — as though it was a news flash! And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explores how grandmothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing her friends like Whoopi Goldberg, her colleagues like Diane Sawyer, and the proverbial woman next door. On top of these personal accounts, she interviews scientists and doctors about physiological changes in women when they have grandchildren, anthropologists about why there are grandmothers in evolutionary terms, and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.
Center for Local & Global History Book Discussions take place in the Main Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, Center for Local & Global History, 6th Floor. Call 216.623.2864 for more information.
No Lost Causes
by Alvaro Uribe Velez
Monday, September 19 • 12:00 p.m.
The former president of Colombia describes how at great personal risk he transformed his country–overwhelmed with drug lords, terrorists, and poverty–into a stable, more peaceful modern democracy while he was at the reins from 2002 to 2010.