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 Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse (click here for my entries on this book)
- Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It by Elizabeth Royte (click here for my entry on this book)
- Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldman
- Mudbound, a novel by Hillary Jordan
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (click here for my entries on this book)
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
- Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America by Cullen Murphy
- Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America by Steven Waldman (click here for my entry on this book)
The club will also offer about 200 older titles such as:
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Oil! by Upton Sinclair
- The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
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.