NYTimes.com – A Book Club Courts Liberals

I’ve just heard about the new Progressive Book Club in Motoko Rich’s “A Book Club Courts Liberals” published June 16, 2008 in the New York Times.

Members can join and buy three books at $1 apiece in exchange for the obligation to buy four books over the next two years.

Members of the Progressive Book Club will be offered a slate of books each month, reviewed and chosen by a panel that includes the novelists Michael Chabon, Erica Jong and Barbara Kingsolver; John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress; Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine; and Todd Gitlin, the author and a journalism and sociology professor at Columbia University.

The offerings for June include:

The club will also offer about 200 older titles such as:

I doubt I’ll join — I’ve been trying to limit my book purchases by borrowing books from my local library — but it seems like it’ll be a good place to check for new books.

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