Evening Book Club live and online: The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee

Live event—virtual and in-person (lower level meeting room)

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis of 2008 to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a root problem: racism in our politics and policymaking. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public
problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?

McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm—the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. McGhee finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: the benefits we gain when people come together across race to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own. 

Join us in-person in the lower level meeting room or live online via Zoom for this hybrid event. Due to limited seating, we ask that all who wish to attend either online or in-person please register here.

catherine@columbuspubliclibrary.info or 920-623-5910
cover of book