Join other readers for a lively discussion of this year's One City One Book selection, A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit.
This book explores our need for community and common purpose, which Solnit argues are fundamental to democratic forms of social and political life. Blending reportage and analysis, the book surveys natural and man-made disasters including the ’06 earthquake, the Halifax explosion of 1917, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Sept. 11th attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. Solnit takes a positive view of human behavior showing that disasters can actually create a sense of community and purposefulness. A community’s typical response to catastrophe is self-organization and mutual aid–truly democracy in action–with neighbors and strangers rescuing, feeding and housing each other.
- Mission Bay Book Club
- Wednesday, July 30, 2014Mission Bay, Mission Bay Program Room
- Teen Book Club
- Saturday, August 2, 2014Ortega, Ortega Meeting Room
- Western Addition Book Group
- Monday, August 4, 2014Western Addition, Western Addition Meeting Room