Book: “Janesville, An American Story”
by Amy Goldstein, published in 2017
Non-Fiction, 297 pages
Leader: Jan Bosman
A Washington Post reporter’s intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors’ assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.
This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up. This is not just a Janesville story or a Midwestern story. It’s an American story.
February’s book: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann, published in 2017. Leader: Paul Voigt