Progressive Book Club Chooses Promised Land by Jay Parina as November PBC Pick

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Progressive Book Club announces that its PBC Pick for the month of November will be Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America by Jay Parini.

Books have changed America for good and for ill, and they'll continue to do so

Promised Land is a glorious affirmation of the power of books to shape the American intellectual character and change the course of history. Here, one of America's most admired critics and novelists gives readers a wondrous reading of how a selection of touchstone books have shaped the contours of American thought -- and have achieved nothing short of putting words into action.

The thirteen books discussed in Promised Land are: Of Plymouth Plantation; The Federalist Papers; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Journals of Lewis and Clark; Walden; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Souls of Black Folk; The Promised Land; How to Win Friends and Influence People; The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; On the Road; The Feminine Mystique.

Parini illuminates how these watershed texts, their authors, and the times they inform have exerted great influence on the cultural and political landscape -- and remain relevant today.

Erica Jong, author and Progressive Book Club Editorial Board member, states: "Read Promised Land and remember that the greatness of America comes from our enlightenment ideals -- often more honored in the breach than the observance. A vital text for the renewal of our country."

The conviction that books can elevate the public discourse and change our country is key to Progressive Book Club's mission. "Books have changed America for good and for ill, and they'll continue to do so," says Elizabeth Wagley, founder and CEO of Progressive Book Club. "Our mission is to find the titles -- and ideas -- that can change our nation for the better and bring them to the forefront of the national debate." As the nation prepares to usher in a new administration, Promised Land serves as an important reminder of America's history and America's potential to answer the powerful call for change in this age of new promise.

Promised Land is the sixth PBC Pick for Progressive Book Club, which launched its Web site in June, following The Big Squeeze: Tough Times For the American Worker by Steven Greenhouse (June), Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists by Susan Neiman (July), The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, And Our Country by John Podesta (August), The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism by Ron Suskind (September), and The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones (October).

The PBC Pick is chosen monthly by Progressive Book Club's distinguished Editorial Board, which includes Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Barbara Kingsolver, Hendrik Hertzberg, Gail Sheehy, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Podesta and Andy Stern, among many prominent authors, journalists, academics and politicos.

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