Welcome to NJHN’s Book Club! Each month on the 4th Thursday at 7:30 pm, we’ll be reading and discussing books that are of interest to our Humanist group members, which will include a wide variety of topics. Rhonda Marker will be the moderator.

We’ll select 4 books at a time to read for the next 4 months (quarter). In the 2nd month of each quarter, members can suggest books for the next quarter, and in the 3rd month we’ll vote on the next 4 books.

Books will be evaluated for their availability in most NJ public libraries and in print, ebook and audiobook formats. We’ll be using bookshop.org, an online bookstore using independent booksellers, for links to the book’s description and reviews; you can check other sites for more info. You can check your local libraries, streaming services, buy the book or borrow it.

In order to participate and add meaningful comments during our discussions, it will help to have some familiarity with each month’s book.

To join (no registration), click this recurring link:

Apr 28: Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide by Hector A. Garcia (2019, 254 pgs). Dr. Garcia will also be our program speaker on April 24 to discuss this topic.

May 26: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal (2013, 304 pgs).

Jun 23: The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David Robson (2019, 336 pgs).

Jul 28: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2015, 320 pgs).

Last updated: 4/1/22


Previous books:

Mar 24: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas (2018, 304 pgs).
Feb 24: Evolution Gone Wrong: The Curious Reasons Why Our Bodies Work (or Don’t) by Alex Bezzerides (2021, 384 pgs).
Jan 27: Night Thoughts: An Essay by Wallace Shawn (2017, 92 pgs).

Dec 30: (date changed due to holiday: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2015, 368 pgs).
Dec 2: (date changed due to holiday): Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman (2020, 480 pgs).
Oct 28: White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad (2020, 304 pgs).
Sept 23: Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions by Phil Zuckerman (2014, 288 pgs).
Aug 26: Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg Epstein (2009, 272 pgs).
July 22: The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Christian Nationalism by Katherine Stewart (2020, 352 pgs).