So You Want To Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo A book review by Itara O’Connell Ijeoma defines racism: a prejudice against someone based on race, when those prejudices are reinforced by systems of power. And, “Systematic racism is a machine that runs whether we pull the levers or not, and by just letting it be, we are responsible for what it produces. We have to actually … Read More

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Review by Elizabeth Catte Elizabeth Catte is a public historian and writer based in Virginia’s Shenadoah Valley and the author of “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.” Sarah Smarsh is a fifth-generation Kansan, a daughter of the working class and a successful journalist still marked by the shame of growing up poor. In her memoir, “Heartland,” Smarsh shows us … Read More

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

by Alyssa Mastromonaco Review by Hilary Hodge Mastromonaco’s book is one of the most honest things I have ever read about behind-the-scenes political organizing, how people end up in politics as a profession, and what it looks like on the job. From her start on the John Kerry Campaign for President, to her stint on the campaign trail for Barrack … Read More

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin Diangelo A Book Review by Itara O’Connell White Fragility is an excellent primer on how white people can help in dismantling structural racism. And in doing so relieve the suffering of people of color and make our society just and equal. Many people of color suffer when trying to explain to white people how the structures of racism … Read More

Book Review: Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family

BORN TRUMP:  Inside America’s First Family By Emily Jane Fox Harper Collins 2018 Pp 357 Reviewed by Rev. Karyn Packard Of late, we are accustomed to seeing Emily Jane Fox interviewed on cable news programs related to her editorial relationship to the President’s fixer, Michael Cohen.  Fox is a journalist for Vanity Fair.   On TV, you experience her friendly and … Read More


Review by Rev. Karyn Packard, Authored by Michelle Obama I waited to write this review until Becoming had been read and discussed by our book club.  It was unanimous, everyone loved it, and I believe that you will, too.  Like the image we have all captured through the campaigns and the glimpses into the lives of this unique first family, … Read More


Compiled by Bob Gould, Democrats Abroad in London Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope—Published April 18, 2017 1. “Climate of Hope? Bloomberg and Pope Miss the Boat”, by Rogier van Vlissingen Summary: (1) The economics of energy will trump Trump. (2) The book hits all the important issues … Read More


Review by Rev. Karyn Packard, Authored by Doris Kearns Goodwin   As meaty as Kearns Goodwin’s books are, I’m always anxious for the next one.  Somehow, for me, she makes history come alive with a blend of research and storytelling.  You can count on her to inform you and also to draw you into history in a way that keeps you … Read More


Review By Rev. Karyn Packard.  Authored By Bob Woodward   My concern in reviewing Fear for the Nevada County Democrats is that so much of it has already been shared in media reporting.  However, I believe Fear is a very important chronicle of our day-to-day lives under President Trump.  Sometimes just turning on the TV puts us in overload, hearing about the level … Read More


Review By Rev. Karyn Packard, Authored By Omarosa Manigault Newman   It is said of writing that “everyone is the hero of their own story,” but in telling that tale, people often reveal much more about themselves than they realize.  Much about our experience of the Trump presidency bespeaks sadness.  This book is no exception.  I’m admitting that I’m an information … Read More