Drawing on America’s heritage of resistance, the DA Book Club will educate and inspire members with stories taken from our traditions of political activism. “It’s so easy to get discouraged at a time like this,” said DA founder Laura Moser. “We want to inspire people to remember how even small groups of activists have helped bend the arc of history toward justice.”

The DA Book Club will meet once a month in a moderated online discussion with our

members, who will have the opportunity to discuss the work with the author, and discuss how its lessons apply to our current situation. Benjamin Moser, a New York Times book critic and the brother of Laura Moser, will host the discussions once a month.


Every month, through the Daily Action Facebook page (, members will have the opportunity to discuss the monthly title with the author, hosted by Book Club founder Benjamin Moser.  A committee of DA founders will be selecting titles each month with input from our members. We will announce the subsequent month’s title immediately following the discussion of our current selection.


Benjamin Moser, Founder and Moderator

Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector and the General Editor of the new translations of Clarice Lispector in English. For his work reviving Lispector’s work all over the world, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations awarded him the First State Prize in Cultural Diplomacy. A columnist for The New York Times Book Review, he is completing the authorized biography of Susan Sontag.

Sheila O’Shea, Communications and Marketing Consultant

Sheila​ ​began her career in public relations working for a wide range of acclaimed writers, including Karen Armstrong, Martin Amis, Bill Buford, Michel Houellebecq, Peter Mayle, Nora Ephron, ​Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, ​and the Nobel Laureates Orhan Pamuk, Wangari Maathai, and V.S. Naipaul.

​As Director of Public Relations, Digital Initiatives, she worked on digital strategy for ​Penguin Random House. At Crown Publishing Group,​ she published authors including Bill Bryson, Gillian Flynn, and Rachel Maddow. Most recently, at Hearst, ​Sheila has been developing communications and marketing programs across the breadth of the corporation​.



JUNE: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder. You can watch the June video here.

MAY: Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, by Rebecca Solnit. You can watch the May video here.

APRIL: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. You can watch the April video here.

MARCHHow To Survive A Plague: How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, by David France. You can watch the March video here.



McNally Jackson, the legendary independent bookstore in New York, will donate a portion of sales of monthly titles to fund Daily Action’s initiatives. The books will be available online at and will be featured in in-store displays. You can also pick up the book at your local independent bookstoreBarnes & Noble, or wherever you buy books.

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