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Open Discussion Project

The Open Discussion Project is the discussion group formerly known as Bridging The Divide.

The group'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 2019, we've headed in a slightly new direction:

  • After following the progress of our group, 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 has started with six bookstores, including QRB. The sponsoring organizations are offering their support by supplying trained facilitators, community outreach, and a forum for the participating stores to discuss best practices.

  • The QRB group has come up with Guidelines for the Conversation and Topics for Discussion

Meeting dates:

July 10:  no meeting
Aug 14: A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System by T. R. Reid
Sept 11: a book on foreign policy
Oct 9: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
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 upcoming and past selections below.

A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111146
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Penguin Books - April 3rd, 2018

New York Times bestelling author T. R. Reid travels around the world to solve the urgent problem of America's failing tax code, unravelling a complex topic in plain English - and telling a rollicking story along the way. 


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time


The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062748652
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Harper - December 4th, 2018

Bill Gates's Five Books for Summer Reading 2019

From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.


The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224896
Availability: On our shelves now
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
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525559443
Availability: Available from warehouse in 1-5 business days
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
$12.95
ISBN: 9780190627126
Availability: Available from warehouse in 1-5 business days
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
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562853
Availability: On our shelves now
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
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307455772
Availability: On our shelves now
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
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455591893
Availability: On our shelves now
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
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On our shelves now
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)


The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America's Poor Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781948647014
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Cato Institute - December 7th, 2018

In a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom of both liberals and conservatives, Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, looks at the reasons for poverty in America and offers a detailed agenda for increasing wealth, incomes, and opportunity.


The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118213
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Penguin Books - August 31st, 2010

A New York Times Bestseller, with an updated explanation of the 2010 Health Reform Bill