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
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
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.
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.
#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
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.
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!
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
A New York Times Bestseller, with an updated explanation of the 2010 Health Reform Bill