Commonwealth Republican Women's Club

Alexandria, Virginia
CRWC Book Club Archive 2017-2018
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The CRWC Book Club was founded in September, 2017 by Susan Yonts-Shepard, past president of CRWC, the club's Twitter afficionado, and staunch defender of the conservative way of life.

The book club's goal is to read books about, by, and for conservatives on all of the important issues of the day.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00.

Members can bring their own lunch.  The hostess provides drinks.

Come and join us!
February 17, 2018
Home of Linda App
Immigration was the issue of the day.  However, rather than just read the conservative point of view on the issue with which we are all too familiar, we decided to double down and also read something that expressed the opposite viewpoint.

Ann Coulter's book, Adios America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third-World Hell Hole, illicited strong views on both sides of the spectrum.  We all agreed with her conclusions, but part of the group did not like the hectoring tone she used to express them or the series of anecdotes she told to support them, whereas the majority found her style stimulating, and entertaining and liked the examples she provided to support her case.
Adios America,
Ann Coulter
Killing the American Dream
Pilar Marrero
As might be expected, no-one agreed with the thrust of Pilar Marrero's book, Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation, which seemed to advocate a completely open border policy. Those who liked Coulter's style found Marrero sent them to sleep, while others found her writing more palatable and appreciated her factual account of the history of US immigration laws, even though she did not seem to want to obey them. Perhaps the most annoying aspect of Marrero's work was her repeated conflation of legal and illegal immigration.
January 20, 2018
Home of Linda Greenberg
Sam Quinones describes the genesis, spread and often mortal consequences of the Opioid crisis in the United States: an epidemic of pain-killers in pill form prescribed too freely by some U.S. doctors followed and amplified by black-tar heroin sold by Mexican drug dealers. Quinones describes the impact of opioids on regions, towns, families, and individuals as well as the attempts by law-enforcement to restrict the supply and punish the dealers.

The book provoked discussion of the boundaries between government and individual liberty.  Do we want a nanny-state? Can we afford to allow addicts to choose? Do addicts have the capacity to choose? What role does social disfunction play: unemployment and de-industrialization in the heartland? How can and should family and community respond?
Sam Quinones
Hillbilly Elegy,
J.D. Vance
J.D. Vance's memoir of life in a self-described Hillbilly family in Ohio and Kentucky poignantly describes a young boy's struggle to survive and thrive in a family and community that seemed to believe the American Dream was dead and that failure was guaranteed. Failed by his drug-addicted, single mother, separated from his birth-father, and repeatedly disappointed by his mother's numerous but short-lived partners, he eventually finds salvation in the home of his hillbilly grandmother and the structure of the U.S. Marines.

Elegy raised issues of family and community in the lives of children in our deprived communities. It illustrated the importance of a stable family environment which in turn depends on stable jobs which in turn produce a community resilient to the siren-call of drugs.
Most people were disappointed in Haidt’s book. He took a long time to come to a fairly obvious conclusion not only that people bring to the table heir opinions but that those opinions are based on personal experience and culture.He does think there is a lack of civility in society today and that officials,administrators and others are abdicating their responsibility when they take the side of the screaming mob. Letting them get away with shutting down opinions that are not their own, just encourages them to do it more often.

Hacks, is a very good read. The book follows Ms Brazile from her appointment as Head of the DNC during Clinton’s candidacy until after the inauguration of Trump. We were amazed to learn that the DNC was totally broke when Donna became head of the DNC. Obama took $8 million, but she never explains why or why it was allowed. Also, Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not like to raise money and did not take the hacking of the DNC seriously. Clinton financed the DNC, so called all the shots from her campaign headquarters in New York. Great explanation on Robby Mooks campaign strategy. She does not believe Seth Rich’s death was a burglary as nothing was stolen(wallet, computer, jewelry). She insinuated that Seth gave info to Wikileaks. She also gave an in-depth explanation of the the cyber attacks and expresses her fear for her life.

Overall, an easy read with an unbelievable explanation that she cannot remember releasing the CNN questions to Hillary during the CNN debate.
March 17, 2018
Home of Pauline Bacaj
The Righteous Mind,
Johnathan Haidt
Donna Brazile
Howard Kurtz's Media Madness is written by a journalist about journalists. Kurtz descirbes the madness that took over the media as they tried to come to terms iwth a Trump presidency.

Everone present liked the book, finding it easy to read and perhaps surprisingly very Trump and his staff. Particularly touching was the picture painted of Sean Spicer and Kelly-Anne Conway's travails trying to deal with journalists that would be nice to their faces and then produce a very negative article.  If you didn't live through the era, the book would be very informative. For those like us who did experience it ourselves, there was little that the book had to teach us.

April 21, 2018
Home of Jan Bates