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Open Discussion Project (previously Bridging the Divide)

The Open Discussion Project is the book club formerly known as Bridging The Divide.

The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. The book selections are also chosen to represent issues and viewpoints across the political spectrum.  The aim of each discussion is to promote understanding ... “Ah, now I understand how they can think that!” ... rather than convince anyone of a particular point of view. We have two facilitators skilled at doing just that. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.

In January, we've headed in a slightly new direction:

  • After following the progress of our book club, three organizations--the National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the American Booksellers' Association--have joined together to sponsor the Open Discussion Project. The national roll-out will start with six bookstores (including QRB) in 2019. The sponsoring organizations are offering their support by supplying trained facilitators, community outreach, and a forum for the participating stores to discuss best practices.

  • At the January meeting, the group came up with Guidelines for the Conversation and Topics for Discussion

2019 meeting dates

Jan 9: Organizational and planning meeting with new facilitators

Feb 13: Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders  by Reihan Salam
March 13: A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story by Tom Gjelten
April 10
May 8
June 12
July 10
Aug 14
Sept 11
Oct 9
Nov 13

As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 21% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the counter when you purchase it.

Shop our current and past selections below.

Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216273
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Published: Sentinel - September 25th, 2018

“A clarion call to everyone who cares about the American nation and
every person who calls it home.” —J.D. VANCE, author of Hillbilly Elegy

Why would a son of immigrants call for tighter restrictions on immigration?

A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476743868
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 25th, 2016

“An incisive look at immigration, assimilation, and national identity” (Kirkus Reviews) and the landmark immigration law that transformed the face of the nation more than fifty years ago, as told through the stories of immigrant families in one suburban county in Virginia.

In the years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the foreign-born population of the Unit

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224896
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Published: Penguin Press - September 4th, 2018

A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book 

Bloomberg Best Book of 2018

The New York Times bestseller!

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525559443
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Published: Viking - March 20th, 2018

"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." --Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190627126
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 2nd, 2018

Our personal and political worlds are rife with arguments and disagreements, some of them petty and vitriolic. The inability to compromise and understand the opposition is epidemic today, from countries refusing to negotiate, to politicians pandering to their base. Social media has produced a virulent world where extreme positions dominate.

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399562853
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Published: Penguin Press - February 20th, 2018

The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455772
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

New York Times Bestseller
In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike. 

The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455591893
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Published: Twelve - June 27th, 2017

From Kim Strassel-one of the preeminent political columnists writing today and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board-comes an insightful, alarming look at how the Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech.

Between the World and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307947901
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Published: Anchor - January 24th, 2017


Who are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250094728
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Nonfiction

Named a Notable Book of the Year by
The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804794220
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Published: Stanford Briefs - March 11th, 2015

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016


"You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476769905
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 29th, 2016

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity.

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307453433
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Published: Crown Forum - January 29th, 2013

Coming Apart - an acclaimed bestseller that explains why white America has become fractured and divided in education and class.

How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199371242
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 1st, 2014

The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution.

The Gun Debate (What Everyone Needs to Know) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199338993
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 1st, 2014

No topic is more polarizing than guns and gun control. From a gun culture that took root early in American history to the mass shootings that repeatedly bring the public discussion of gun control to a fever pitch, the topic has preoccupied citizens, public officials, and special interest groups for decades.