So, Thanksgiving is a well known holiday for getting together with family at least one day of the year, and just spending time together. Conversations are had, stories are shared. But how do you start a conversations about books?
I started thinking about this after reading Book Riot’s post about books you can discuss at Thanksgiving. This got me thinking; do people really talk about books that much? I know I don’t talk about books with people – I don’t have many bookworm friends in real life. But, my parents actually read a lot of political books.
With Trump and Sanders going head to head in the political race right now, it’s easy to bring up any of the books politicians and celebrities write. Your family can find any book that agrees with their own political opinion, no matter what they believe. There are many many many books about politics out there. Here are a couple:
With a presidential election around the corner, questions of America’s military buildup, environmental impact, and foreign policy are on everyone’s mind. Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire. (for your older brother who loves Bernie Sanders.)
From the barbarians of ISIS to the terror tactics of Al-Qaeda and its offshoots, to the impending threat of a nuclear Iran, those motivated by extreme fundamentalist Islamic faith have the power to endanger and kill millions. The conflict with them will not end until we face the truth about those who find their inspiration and justification in the religion itself. (For your great aunt that think it IS about the Islam religion.)
(For shits and giggles.)
These are just a few examples of how many sides political books can take. So go ahead and talk books with your family! Just remember to keep it civil!