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Looking for something to read this summer? The LWV Greenwich is launching a Book Discussion series. The first book is "The Age of Grievance" by Frank Bruni, New York Times journalist and now Duke University Professor. It is a provocative, non-partisan book about what ails us, and how we can move from being victims to neighbors and citizens, with a shared American mission. 
The discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 11th from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Athena Books in Old Greenwich. Start reading or listening now. Registration for the event opens in August.
Susan Herbst, Professor of Political Science and former University President at the University of Connecticut, will lead the discussion. Herbst has written many books and articles about American public opinion and politics. 
Some questions you may want to keep in mind while reading: 
1.  Have people always been angry, at their government and often at their local community leadership? Is it really a unique, modern phenomenon? Does the rise of grievance have something to do with social media?
2.  Did the pandemic have a long, profound psychological effect on us, that we just can’t see or understand yet? Did our sad, often searing, pandemic experiences feed the current sense of grievance?
3.  When you discover someone in your family or social group has significant anger (e.g., toward Biden, toward Trump, toward the media), is it hard to engage them? How do we have real, civil conversations with people we know, when they are so emotional, feeling deserted (or cheated) somehow by American elites?