On May 26 we'll once again be holding the book club online using Zoom.
This month's book is CHOSEN COUNTRY: A REBELLION IN THE WEST, by James Pogue (Henry Holt, 2018). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one.
The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access. It's pretty easy, and details will follow. lf you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. We hope to "see" you there!
If you'd like to read ahead: for our June 23 meeting, we'll discuss FOR THE BIRDS, by Karen Davis.
CHOSEN COUNTRY is an extraordinary inside look at America’s militia movement that shows a country at the crossroads of class, culture, and insurrection.
In a remote corner of Oregon, James Pogue found himself at the heart of a rebellion. Granted unmatched access by Ammon Bundy to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Pogue met ranchers ready to die fighting the federal government.
He witnessed the fallout of communities riven by politics and the danger (and allure) of unyielding belief. The occupation ended in the shooting death of one rancher, the imprisonment of dozens more, and a firestorm over the role of government that engulfed national headlines.
In a raw and restless narrative that roams the same wild terrain as his literary forebears Edward Abbey and Hunter S. Thompson, Pogue examines the underpinnings of this rural resistance and struggles to reconcile his sympathies with his reservations, tracing a cultural fault line that spans the nation.
“Whoever you are, whatever side you’re on, if you care about the American West and what’s happening to it, read this book.’
—Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
“There is an extravagant verve to his writing...Pogue gets in amazingly deep with these western rebels.’
—The New York Review of Books
“Chosen Country is an urgent and captivating dispatch from inside an American insurgency led by self-made prophet Ammon Bundy. But at its most compelling, it also provides a window into the psyche of white men searching for a cause and finding it in the mythology of the West, which has always been our most potent vision of American freedom.’
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—Karolina Waclawiak, author of The Invaders