We will post the date for the next book group discussion when shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. Thank you for your understanding.

The ECSM Book Group has chosen J.M. Fenster’s Cheaters Always Win for our next selection. Our meetings start at 7:00 pm and we finish around 9:00 pm. 

About Cheaters Always Win

Amazon describes Cheaters Always Win as irresistible reading — a smart, sardonic, and scintillating look into the practice that made America what it is today.
 
Part history of an all-American tradition, part dissection of an ongoing national crisis, Cheaters Always Win is a social history of cheating and how American history – through real estate, sports, finance, academics, and of course politics – has had its unfair share of rigged results and widened the margins on its gray areas.
 
Drawing from the intriguing (and sometimes unbelievable) true stories of the lives of everyday Americans, historian Julie M. Fenster traces the history of the weakening of our national ethics through the practice of cheating.
 
Far from being ostracized, cheaters in every sphere continue to survive and even thrive, casting their influence over the rest of our society. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the recent tectonic shift in politics, where a revolution in our collective attitude toward fraudsters has ushered in a new kind of leadership.

Recap of Our Last Book Group

Seven of us met on January 29 to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  We all enjoyed reading this historical novel, which was set primarily in Charleston, South Carolina in the first half of the nineteenth century.  The book tells its story in the voices of two women—a white aristocrat (Sarah Grimke, a historical figure), who became an important member of the early abolitionist movement, and a black enslaved woman (Handful, also known as Hetty, a fictitious character), who grew up in the Grimke household and became a highly skilled seamstress.  Their stories provide a vivid portrait of urban slavery, the strict (albeit very different) restrictions placed on both women, and the strength both women needed to find their voices and determine their own futures. 
 
Special thanks to Kassandra Edwards for hosting our January meeting. Thanks as well to Jane Dunbar for recommending The Invention of Wings. None of us knew the story of Sarah Grimke before we read this book.  We encourage you to consider reading it!