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How to Know a Person by David Brooks (Reading Group)

February 15 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CST

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Please join us for a three-session reading group featuring David Brooks’ new book, How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen (Random House, 2023).

Hot off the press, Brooks’ book directly addresses the issues discussed in a 2023 report from United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, who declared, “Loneliness and isolation represent profound threats to our health and well-being.” With the ongoing fallout of isolating during COVID and the fragmentation of relationships in our rushed and polarized society, many of us are not doing well. The antidote, according to Brooks, is not a band aid of self-help, but rather a recognition of our real need for unvarnished, honest relationship. In a nutshell, we need to recover the art of friendship. 

In his informed and transparent account, Brooks deftly analyzes our need for connection—our hunger to know and be known by others. If you enjoy reading and discussing timely books, we invite you to participate in this reading group. We will not only learn from Brooks but also one another during this gathering facilitated by Upper House Associate Director Cam Anderson.

Meeting Dates

Thursday — January 18, February 1,  and February 15

Book Purchase

Attendees will need to purchase their own copy of David Brooks’ book at their preferred vendor.



February 15
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CST
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Madison, WI 53715 United States
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