Is Your Brain on Politics for me?

I could do this if I could get some help as I pull this together. And I wonder:

  • How would I find people interested in this type of a book club?
  • Would it be the same as any book club?
  • Who would come to it?
  • Where could we meet?
  • When is the best time to meet?
  • Can I make it interesting enough?
  • Do I know enough about politics myself to do this?
  • What would be good books to discuss?
  • What if my regular book group added a political book to its selection list?


We help you get started and, if you wish, we can work together later, sharing ideas and resources.

Your Brain on Politics has been created just for you, the people who are wondering if they could start a political book club as their own form of political activism. Questions you may have will be dealt with via this resource site. Materials will be provided for you to download and use as you set up a book group. Not all at once because you will be overwhelmed. Sign up for this site to receive notices that let you know when we are providing new resource materials, about every 2 weeks or as often as possible. As we grow and become more interactive, you may well be submitting ideas to us. We are here to interact with you, encourage and inspire you and work on challenges together. In addition to "feeding you fish,"  we are also teaching you to fish for yourself.

On our blog page we will provide information and education on many subjects and through it we can interact on specific issues and readings. Our Resource Page will contain information on books organized by political themes, links to books and reviews, resources you can download, and a page that we will link to often during our blogs.

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 Elaine: Your Brain on Politics Content Coordinator  I am a retired curriculum and staff development coordinator from central Maine school systems and have led adult book clubs for about fourteen years, both career-related and as a rewarding retirement activity. I undertook establishment of a political book club when, after the 2016 election, I found myself dismayed and unable to focus on the things that usually bring me much pleasure in life. After a while, I knew I needed to take steps to restore my natural optimism. What could I do?  I first considered volunteering to work for the Democratic Party.  But making calls or working in the ground campaign is not for me, though I have huge admiration for those who do this important work. Then I thought, “What if I put together what I love to do and what I am good at with the political needs of today”? And there it was - lead a political book group.  I firmly believe that more well-informed voters (myself included) will lead to more well-informed activism in the campaigns and elections in 2018 and beyond.  And I also happen to have four young ladies in my life, for whom I always try to shape a wonderful future.

Elaine: Your Brain on Politics Content Coordinator

I am a retired curriculum and staff development coordinator from central Maine school systems and have led adult book clubs for about fourteen years, both career-related and as a rewarding retirement activity. I undertook establishment of a political book club when, after the 2016 election, I found myself dismayed and unable to focus on the things that usually bring me much pleasure in life. After a while, I knew I needed to take steps to restore my natural optimism. What could I do?  I first considered volunteering to work for the Democratic Party.  But making calls or working in the ground campaign is not for me, though I have huge admiration for those who do this important work. Then I thought, “What if I put together what I love to do and what I am good at with the political needs of today”? And there it was - lead a political book group.  I firmly believe that more well-informed voters (myself included) will lead to more well-informed activism in the campaigns and elections in 2018 and beyond.  And I also happen to have four young ladies in my life, for whom I always try to shape a wonderful future.

 Leone:  Your Brain on Politics Site Designer and Business Coordinator  Hi, I'm Leone !  I'm certainly an unlikely one to be involved in this project.  My path took me through degrees in dance with a professional career in performing, instructing in four colleges, and then owning and operating a school of dance for 39 years. "Political" would never have been a description of my particular "style" but as a mentor for so many girls and women in my long career, I always tried to be the beacon for truth, fairness, and kindness to my students. With the results of our last election, I was desperate for some sort of relief, a plan, something I could possibly do to help in addition to following   Jen Hoffman  's fine action checklist for Americans of Conscience. I knew by helping others I also help myself, and in no other situation in life did I feel so close to so many who join me in believing that only through education, and activism are we able to hold on to our democracy.  I've started this project not knowing a thing about creating a website, but by nature I'm not one to shy away from a challenge!  When I am not searching Google on how to built a website, I enjoy being with my family shown above (as well as my son who is absent from this picture,   Coconut Glen  , who resides in Maui).

Leone:  Your Brain on Politics Site Designer and Business Coordinator

Hi, I'm Leone !  I'm certainly an unlikely one to be involved in this project.  My path took me through degrees in dance with a professional career in performing, instructing in four colleges, and then owning and operating a school of dance for 39 years. "Political" would never have been a description of my particular "style" but as a mentor for so many girls and women in my long career, I always tried to be the beacon for truth, fairness, and kindness to my students. With the results of our last election, I was desperate for some sort of relief, a plan, something I could possibly do to help in addition to following Jen Hoffman's fine action checklist for Americans of Conscience. I knew by helping others I also help myself, and in no other situation in life did I feel so close to so many who join me in believing that only through education, and activism are we able to hold on to our democracy.  I've started this project not knowing a thing about creating a website, but by nature I'm not one to shy away from a challenge!  When I am not searching Google on how to built a website, I enjoy being with my family shown above (as well as my son who is absent from this picture, Coconut Glen, who resides in Maui).


Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
— Vera Nazarian