You Can't Make This Stuff Up Book Club

You Can't Make This Stuff Up Book Club

Manuel's Tavern
602 North Highland Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

This book club exclusively reads nonfiction works with themes so crazy they couldn’t be fiction--like Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We read important works to better understand our place in history as well as current events. We tackle taboo subjects through books including race, income, and religious beliefs. If you want to wrestle with topics you don’t normally get to discuss at home, this is the group for you.

The You Can't Make This Stuff Up Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Book Club Liaison: Chenchu Biradavolu

Unfortunately, this book club is full and not accepting new members.

March Selection

Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution by Tania Branigan

Previous Selections

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy by Timothy Shenk

What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

A Peace to End All Peace, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin

Miseducated: A Memoir by Brandon P. Fleming

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of the Continent by Eduardo Galeano

God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning by Meghan O'Gieblyn

The Tyranny of Merit: Can We Find the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel

Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv

Worn: A People's History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser

Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt

American Midnight by Adam Hochschild

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, Kendall Thomas

The Chaos Machine by Max Fisher

Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Eager by Ben Goldfarb

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

The Trouble with White Women by Kyla Schuller

Charged by Emily Bazelon

Born in Blackness by Howard French

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden

Wired for Culture by Mark D. Pagel

Healthy at Last by Eric Adams

My Time Will Come by Ian Manuel

We're Not Broken by Eric Garcia

Stuck by Heidi Larson

The Second Coming of the KKK by Linda Gordon

The Premonition by Michael Lewis

The Return by Hisham Matar

Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekc

Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom

A Libertarian Walks into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

The Case Against Free Speech by P.E. Moskowitz

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

African American Cooking: Meals, Music, and Muses from a Southern Kitchen by Alexander Smalls

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

That Good Night by Sunita Puri

I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum

he Family by Jeff Sharlet

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote by Elaine Weiss

Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed by David Cole

The Loneliness of the Black Republican by Leah Wright Rigueur

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace Wells

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy by Michael Lewis

How Democracies Die by Levitsky & Ziblatt

American Prison by Shane Bauer

The New Urban Crisis by Richard Florida

Democracy In Chains by Nancy MacLean

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris

Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas

One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us by Peter H. Schuck

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates

Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild

Loaded by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

City on the Verge by Mark Pendergrast