Acclaimed author writes left wing self help guide

. April 17, 2017.
Berg describes the politically-charged book as “the world’s first public policy self-help book”
Berg describes the politically-charged book as “the world’s first public policy self-help book”

Joel Berg will make a stop at Literati Bookstore of Ann Arbor, Monday, April 24, to discuss his new book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation.

Berg describes the politically-charged book as “the world’s first public policy self-help book,” with focus on American citizens as the patients.

“It’s a parody of a self help book,” Berg told Current in a recent interview. “The first chapter: the breakup chapter. Using self help as the analogy, I discuss the things that are wrong with the country… The things that need to be fixed.”

For Berg, giving a discussion of the book in Ann Arbor is particularly important – given that Townies are known to be of liberal persuasion. “Michigan went way off the rails last November so I would say it’s a place that in particular can use that self help,” said Berg. “(The book) challenges liberals to leave their smug comfort zone.”

He believes it is important to “take a good hard look at yourself and see if you are truly communicating with the middle class. Progressives in places like Ann Arbor… these university towns are like islands… if they keep doing things the same way, they are going to lose their states. My message to Ann Arbor, just because you are a progressive, don’t think you are safe.”

Monday, April 24 | 7:00pm
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, 48104
MORE INFO

Trending

Historical And Contemporary Indigenous Art At Toledo’s Museum Of Art

The “Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus” exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) runs through April 28.

Estar Cohen: Living Fully In Moments Of Music

Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can add lyricist, arranger and educator to her resume, as well as

Studying Vinology

Food and wine, correctly paired at Vinology.

Estar Cohen Lives Fully in All The Moments of Music

“can’t hold on // I can feel time as it bends…” Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can