CIR Book Club

Great reads and great discussions. Indispensable to the global citizen.

Non-Fiction Club

Twelve times a year, members of the non-fiction book club select and discuss a book, which provides insights into current and historical international issues. Meetings are typically held from 5:00 -6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, at the CIR office: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D.  The office is just north of Paseo de Peralta and right next to the concrete bridge that joins Grant with Rosario Street. NOTE that you can park on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.

Call Virginia McCallum, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 515-290-1221,

Discussion of the book is from 5:00 – 6:30 in the CIR conference room. We always have wine and cheese available and CIR members are welcome to join the group, even if you have not read the book, to sample whether you will enjoy the meeting. To be included on the book group email list or for more information about the CIR Non-Fiction Book Group, email Virginia McCallum at

Also if you have suggestions for future book selections, let Virginia know. We’re always interested in recommendations.

For May 7. 2019, we will continue to read and discuss the book selection from the previous meeting:

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

(Read first half of book: ~ 316 pages, Introduction – Chapter 11, Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority)

by Frances FitzGerald (2017)   

Book Overview

Winner of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award
National Book Award Finalist
Time magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of the Year
New York Times Notable Book
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

The history of the Evangelical movement in America – up to and including the 2016 election. Evangelicals now constitute 25% of the American population, but they are no longer monolithic in their politics. They now range from Tea Party supporters to social reform.