Book Club: July 11th

Book Club to discuss Our Towns

For July's Book Club, the host has selected James and Deborah Fallows' Our Towns.


For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows (both Harvard graduates) have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of people to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. 

The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself.


The local Harvard Club book club, which has been in existence for ten years, normally meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm for a potluck dinner and to discuss a wide-ranging selection of books -- fiction, poetry, biography, history, etc. They always enjoy having other interested people attend and participate.

The Book Club will meet  this month at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 11th at Alice Shilla's house, 9617 Swan Lake Drive, Granite Bay.

Please contact Alice Shilla for more information and to RSVP. Let Alice know what cold entree dish you will bring for the potluck.