It's hard to keep up with what's happening in the country, much less drill down for a thorough understanding of issues and situations which affect us all, even indirectly. Don't get overwhelmed by our strange times; get informed. This brand new club reads the best new books across a range of relevant topics. If you've read things like The New Jim Crow, Dark Money, or The View from Flyover Country, this is your book club. We are lead by LA Times journalist Jaweed Kaleem, formerly of HuffPost and Miami Herald. First up, we're reading Alexandra Natapoff's Punishment Without Crime. This thorough study of our misdemeanor system exposes the tragic costs of spurious arrests and convictions, rampant discrimination against people of color and the poor, and many other broken aspects of this part of our so-called justice system. Lives are often ruined for literally nothing. HOW IT WORKS: All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator - to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore. You can get your ticket (we'll ship the book to you!) at the link on this page - OR just come in to the store and look for our book club display, near the book tunnel. (Remember: you need time to read the book, so get your ticket sooner rather than later.) If you choose the on-line option (the one with shipping), please send a mailing addy to firstname.lastname@example.org Jaweed Kaleem is the national race and justice correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, where he writes about how race and ethnicity shape our evolving understanding of what it means to be American. He frequently reports on policing, civil rights, immigration, prisons and religion, among other subjects. Before joining The Times, Kaleem was the senior religion reporter at HuffPost for five years. From 2007-11, he was a reporter for the Miami Herald. He was on the team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for covering the Haiti earthquake for the Miami Herald and is on the board of the Religion News Foundation. He attended Emerson College in Boston and grew up in Northern Virginia.