A Dialogue on Class and Economic Differences

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich

 

The Town of Brunswick and Bowdoin College are pleased to sponsor a Community Read on the subject of class and economic differences. A planning committee with representatives from the College and Brunswick community has selected Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich. Community members are welcome to attend a presentation by the author on January 27 and encouraged to participate in one of the numerous moderated discussion groups.

Getting the book:

Copies of the book are available for member borrowing at the Curtis Memorial and Bowdoin College libraries. Paperback copies of the book may be purchased at the College Store at Brunswick Station, the Bowdoin Bookstore in Smith Union, through The Bowdoin Store website, and at Gulf of Maine Books on Maine Street. New and used print editions—as well as the Kindle edition—are available through Amazon.com. Electronic versions are also available through iTunes.

Join a book discussion group:

There are many moderated book discussions groups for you to choose from! The first sessions will be held at Bowdoin College directly after the special January 27 Common Hour with Barbara  on January 27th, with others at the Curtis Memorial Library and several downtown businesses throughout the rest of the week as follows:

Friday, 1/27, 2:30-3:30 PM Bowdoin – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Chandler Room
Friday, 1/27,2:30-3:30 PM Bowdoin – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Pierce Lounge
Friday, 1/27, 2:30-3:30 PM Bowdoin – Moulton Union, Main Lounge
Friday, 1/27, 2:30-3:30 PM Bowdoin – Smith Union, SU Conference room
Friday, 1/27, 2:30-3:30 PM Bowdoin – Museum of Art, Zuckert Seminar Room
Friday, 1/27, 2:30-3:30 PM Bowdoin – Hubbard Hall, Shannon Room
Friday, 1/27, 4-5 PM Bowdoin – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Chandler Room
Friday, 1/27, 4-5 PM Bowdoin – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Pierce Lounge
Friday, 1/27, 4-5 PM Bowdoin – Smith Union, SU Conference room
Friday, 1/27, 4-5 PM Bowdoin – Hubbard Hall, Shannon Room
Friday, 1/27, 6-7 PM Brunswick – The Brunswick Inn
Sunday, 1/29, 3-4 PM Bowdoin – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge
Monday, 1/30, 2-3 PM Brunswick – Bohemian Coffee House
Tuesday, 1/31, 2-3 PM Brunswick – Little Dog
Wednesday, 2/1,  7-8 PM multi sessions (snow day 2/2, 7-8 PM) Curtis Memorial Library: Morrell Meeting Room
Thursday, 2/2 12-1 PM brown bag Curtis Memorial Library: Morrell Meeting Room
Friday, 2/3, 3-4 PM Brunswick – Gelato Fiasco
Sunday, 2/5, 2-3 PM Bowdoin – Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge

The sessions will be limited to fourteen people or fewer depending on the location and its capacity and will be moderated.  To ensure  a mix of participants from the Brunswick and Bowdoin communities at most book discussion groups and to help keep the groups small enough for meaningful conversation, we are asking participants to sign up in advance for a specific book group, EXCEPT for those groups held at Curtis Memorial Library for which no sign-up is necessary. 

If one group is full, please select another. If you have difficulty using this sign-up tool or you were unable to find a discussion date and time fits your schedule, including the open session at Curtis Memorial Library, please contact Michelle McDonough at memcdono@bowdoin.edu.

Get tickets for the special Common Hour with author Barbara Ehrenreich:

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Members of the Brunswick and Bowdoin communities are invited to attend a special Common Hour presentation by Ms. Ehrenreich on Friday, January 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall at Bowdoin College. The author will discuss her New York Times bestselling book and will be available to sign books immediately after the presentation. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

Advance tickets are no longer available, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door beginning at noon Friday, January 27, first come, first served. In addition, the adjacent Wish Theater will accommodate patrons who wish to view the lecture projected on screen. No tickets are required for Wish Theater seating.

Have questions or ideas? Please contact us at jmontgom@bowdoin.edu.