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

Domino’s Farms Aids Ann Arbor’s Need for Office Space

Domino’s Pizza and Arbor Research are both launching new office building projects at Domino’s Farms. Domino’s Pizza is creating a 33,000-square-foot building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, expanding to their current space. Arbor Research is creating a new 49,500-square-foot headquarters building on the east side of Domino’s Farms. Both buildings should be completed

A Physician’s Perspective on Legalized Cannabis

On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.

Tiny Expo at Ann Arbor District Library—A Curated Holiday Gift Fair with Flair

The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.

New Tenants in Downtown Ypsilanti

Formerly long-vacant buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti are experiencing revitalization as small businesses and nonprofits are rapidly filling up spaces. Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a nonprofit organization that, “provides access to the justice systems for those that need it most,” recently purchased the Smith Furniture building at 15 S Washington Street which became their headquarters. Decode