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JOEL BERG - America, We Need to Talk

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609807290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seven Stories Press - February 21st, 2017



Friday, February 17th at 7pm

speaking & signing
America, We Need to Talk






With humor and biting critique, Joel Berg’s latest America, We Need to Talk is a collective self-help book exploring the relationship Americans have with their nation and exhorting us to become better citizens in the face of dysfunctional politics. Joel Berg will join us tonight for an insightful discussion of our place in politics and will sign copies of his new book.


How did we get here, America? How did our relationship get so broken? And where do we go now? Starting with the premise that Americans’ most important relationship is with their nation, Joel Berg’s second book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction, the book dissects how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, and well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.

As an acclaimed author, a frequent voice in the national media, and the outspoken CEO of the nonprofit group Hunger Free America, Joel Berg is a respected international leader in the fields of hunger, poverty, food, and US politics. Through his biting critique, clear-headed prescriptions, and amusing charts—this book shows how average Joes and Janes can channel their anger at our hobbled government into concrete actions that will fix our democracy, make our economy work for everyone, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom, diversity, and hope. The American people are in it for the long haul, and, as in all relationships, both sides must recognize their issues and work together to fix them. This book will do more than offer comfort for sobbing progressives—it will show the path to redemption.


Joel Berg is the author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? (Seven Stories Press, 2008), the definitive book for decades on American hunger. An internationally recognized leader and media spokesman in the fields of hunger, poverty, food systems, and US politics, Joel currently leads Hunger Free America, formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Joining the organization in 2001, Joel has built the nonprofit into a respected national champion for Americans struggling to obtain nutritious food and escape poverty. Greg Kaufman wrote for the Nation that, under Joel’s leadership, the organization has grown “into one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation.” Prior to his work Hunger Free America, Joel served for eight years in the Clinton administration in senior executive service positions at USDA. He is the past winner of the US Secretary of Agriculture’s Honor Award for Superior Service (one of the department’s highest honors) and the Congressional Hunger Center’s Mickey Leland National Hunger Fighter Award. A native of Rockland County NY, and a graduate of Columbia University, Joel now resides in Brooklyn.

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