Book Club Kits

 

Are you looking for your book club's next great read?

The library now has a collection of book club kits to make your search easier! All kits have at least 10 copies, and many include large print and audio formats. You can check out as many copies as you need for your group (subject to availability). Most titles are also available in ebook or audiobook formats from OverDrive and/or Hoopla. Please call the Information Desk at 825-0702 for more information or if you would like to borrow a kit.
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Kit

Description

Fiction
2018, 308p.

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
> Find this title on Overdrive or find this title on Hoopla
> Discussion questions from Oprah.com
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2018, 292p.

American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson

1986, Cold War. Marie Mitchell is a brilliant intelligence officer with the FBI, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. When she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.  Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Discussion questions from Book Companion
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Poetry
1978, 54p.

And Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou

A collection of poems from Maya Angelou which are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Discussion questions
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Fiction
2017, 432p.

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman

A poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Reading Group Guide from the publisher
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Memoir
2018, 426p.

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. In a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, she shares her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from the publisher


Fiction
2017, 342p.

Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story. Learning that her grandmother was a victim of the corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society, attorney and aspiriing politician Avery Stafford delves into her family's past and begins to wonder if some things are best kept secret.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Digital Book Club Kit from the publisher
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction
2015, 152p.

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race"; a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black men and women-- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up and murdered out of all proportions. In this profound letter to his adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.
> FInd this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from the publisher
> Suggestion for book clubs: Consider pairing this title with James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.
This kit generously funded through a grant from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.


Fiction
2021, 388p.

Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour 

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.  Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.
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> Discussion questions
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Nonfiction
2020, 476p.

Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system.  Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Reader's Guide from publisher
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Fiction (YA)
2018, 314p.

Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram

Darius Kellner is about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming—especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. Darius has never had a true friend before, but he meets Sohrab in Iran and soon Darius has never felt more like himself.  But when it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be himself on his own.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Discussion Guide from the publisher


Memoir
2018, 334p.

Educated, by Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from the publisher
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction
1963, 106p.

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, this intensely personal and provocative document in the form of two letters written on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement- and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.
   > Find this title on OverDrive
   > Teacher's Guide with discussion questions from the publisher
   > Suggestion for book clubs: Consider pairing with Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.
This kit generously funded through a grant from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.

Fiction
2020, 368p.

The Girls with the Louding Voice, by

The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herselfDespite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself - and help other girls like her do the same.
   > Find this title on OverDrive
   > Reading Guide with discussion questions from the Litlovers.com
This kit generously funded through Read Africa, a grant from the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Fiction (YA)
2017, 444p.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

16-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Starr is the only person who knows what actually happened that night, but what she does or does not say could upend her community... and even endanger her life.
   > Find this title on OverDrive or Find this title on Hoopla
   > Reader's Group Guide from the publisher
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Memoir
2019, 192p.

How We Fight For Our Lives, by Saeed Jones

A stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears; a portrait of what we all do for one another- and to one another- as we fight to become ourselves.
   > Find this title on OverDrive
   > Reading Group Guide from the publisher
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2018, 346p.

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

It's 1969 in New York, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die so the Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
   > Find this title on OverDrive
   > Discussion questions from LitLovers.com
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction
2012, 308p.

January First, by Michael Schofield

Diagnosed at age six with one of the most severe cases of child-onset schizophrenia on record, January Schofield hallucinated constantly and the line dividing delerium from reality grew dangerously blurry. This is her father's soul-bearing memoir of the daily challenges and unwavering commitment to save his daughter from the edge of insanity while doing everything he can to keep his family together.
> Find the ebook on OverDrive
> Find the audiobook on Hoopla
> Discussion Questions from the publisher


Fiction
2017, 263p.

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

Arthur Less is a failed novelist.  A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: his ex- boyfriend is getting married. Arthur can’t accept the invitation--it would all be too awkward--and he can’t say no--it would look like defeat.  On desk are a series of half-baked literary invitations he has received from around the world.  Arthur decides to accept all of them in order to skip town. Thus begins a trip that will take Arthur to Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India and Japan. What could possibly go wrong?
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Discussion questions from PBS
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2017, 338p.

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Elena Richardson lives in a Cleveland suburb where everything is planned and people play by the rules. But her family's idyllic life is upended by the arrival of Mia Warren- enigmatic artist and single mother- who creates a stir when another family tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby. A novel that expolores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Reading Group Guide from the author's website
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction
2017, 326p.

The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God.  Three quarters of a century later, author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest - to find the lost city. Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to explore, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.
> Find this title on OverDrive or find this title on Hoopla
> Reading Group Guide from LitLovers
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction/
Graphic Novel

2013, 121p.
2015, 187p.
2016, 246p.

March, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

The inside story of the Civil Rights Movement, as told through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis. This award-winning graphic novel trilogy brings the lessons of history to vivid life, urgently relevant for today's world.
> March is a 3-book series. Book groups may borrow any one or all three of the books, subject to availability.
> Find the books on OverDrive
> Find the books on Hoopla
> Teacher Guides from publisher (can be adapted for adult book clubs)
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
 


Nonfiction
2014, 309p.

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart, by Carol Wall

Carol Wall, living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, is at a crossroads in her life: children grown; beloved parents getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor's yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he's very good at gardening. Soon Giles is transforming not only Carol's yard, but her heart. Despite their differences, a caring bond grows between them. And both hold secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from LitLovers


Fiction
2016, 278p.

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

Set within a contemporary black community in California, this dazzling debut novel follows 17-year-old Nadia Turner, grieving her mother's suicide. She takes up with the local pastor's son, resulting in a pregnancy and subsequent cover-up that will have an impact far beyond their youth. A surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community, and the things that ultimately haunt us the most.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from LitLovers
This kit generously funded through a grant from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.


Fiction
2019, 466p.

Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner

A smart, thoughtful and timely exploration of two sisters' lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places- and be true to themselves- in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history- and herstory- as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. Do we change, or does the world change us?
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Reading Group Guide from the publisher
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction
2020, 377p.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Alexander challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signalled a new era of colorblindness, arguing that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it" -- and examines how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. This 10th anniversary edition includes a new preface by Alexander that discusses the impact the book has had and the state of the criminal justice reform today.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Find this title on Hoopla
> Discussion Questions from The Advocates for Human Rights.
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2017, 496p.

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant — and that her lover is married — she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.  Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Reading Group Guide from publisher
This kit generously funded through a grant from The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Nonfiction
2019, 385p.

Parkland: Birth of a Movement, by Dave Cullen

Intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders, inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement. An in-depth examination of a pivotal moment in American culture, Parkland explores hope after tragedy and is an inspiring call to action.
> Find this title on OverDrive  or 
> Find this title on Hoopla
> Discussion Questions from UW-Madison Go Big Read
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2008, 372p.

People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Reader's guide from the publisher's website
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

Nonfiction
2018, 330P.

The Poison Squad, by Deborah Blum

From Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States.

By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products. Then, in 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, "The Poison Squad."
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from UW-Madison Go Big Read.

Fiction
2018, 294p.

She Would Be King by 

Moore’s powerful debut novel reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.
   > Reading Guide with discussion questions from the Litlovers.com
This kit generously funded through Read Africa, a grant from the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Fiction
2017, 289p

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.
   > Find this title on OverDrive
   > Discussion questions from PBS
This kit generously funded through a grant from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.

Nonfiction
2018, 248p.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Find this audiobook on Hoopla
> Reading Group Guide from publisher
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Fiction
2018, 369p.

A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult

From one of the most provocative storytellers of our time, a timely and harrowing novel about a hostage situation at a women's reproductive health services center and the people caught up in it. Among them, a doctor and nurse, a pro-life protester disguised as a patient, the gunman, and the police hostage negotiator who learns that his teenage daughter is among those in the center.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions and more from the author's website
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2019, 310p.

Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid

Alix Chamberlain is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is accused by a store's security guard- seeing a young black woman out late with a white child- of kidnapping. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right, but Emira is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. Both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from LitLovers
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Fiction
2017, 371p.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

In a remote mountain village where life revolves around the seasons and the farming of tea, a stranger in a jeep marks the arrival of the modern world, and Li-yan begins to reject generations-old customs. She leaves a baby born out of wedlock at an orphanage, and leaves her insular village for an education and city life. Her daughter is raised by loving adoptive parents in California. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu'er, the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for centuries. A powerful story about circumstances, culture, distance and the bond of family.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from author website
This kit generously funded through a grant from The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

 
Fantasy
2019, 374p.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix Harrow

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, young January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As a ward of wealthy Mr. Locke in the early 1900s, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book, one that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
> Find this title on OverDrive
> Discussion Questions from Modern Mrs. Darcy
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

 
Fiction
1943, 498p.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century. Francie Nolan is growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn. With an alcoholic father and an aunt with frequent marriages, no one- least of all Francie- could say that the Nolans' life lacks drama. By turns overwhelming, heartbreaking and uplifting, the Nolans' daily experiences are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness.
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> Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

Nonfiction
2020, 244p.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, by Emmanuel Acho

In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.”
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Discussion questions from ReadingGroupGuides
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Nonfiction
2019, 350p.

The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

Aged eight, Dina Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother and lived in the crumbling shell of an Italian hotel-turned-refugee-camp. Eventually she was granted asylum in America. She settled in Oklahoma, then made her way to Princeton University. In this book, Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers in recent years, bringing us inside their daily lives and taking us through the different stages of their journeys, from escape to asylum to resettlement.
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   > Discussion questions from Hoopla
This kit generously funded through a grant from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.


Fiction
2019, 403p.

The Water Dancer, by Ta'Nehisi Coates

Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.  This journey takes Hiram from Virginia’s plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously movements in the North. Throughout it all, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
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> Discussion questions from LitLovers
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

 


Nonfiction
2018, 169p.

White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Discussion questions from LitLovers
This kit generously funded by the Friends of the Library.


Nonfiction
2003, 453p.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? How can we get past our reluctance to discuss racial issues?  Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about communicating across racial and ethnic divides and pursuing antiracism. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand dynamics of race and racial inequality in America.
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> Discussion questions from author website
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.


Nonfiction
2021, 215p.

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

Writer and talk show host Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But her sister, Lacey, still lives in their home state of Nebraska, where she encounters racist donut shops and strangers putting their hand in her hair, mistaking her for a prostitute and for Harriet Tubman. Lacey is the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think "I can say whatever I want to this woman." Amber and Lacey’s entertainingly horrifying stories- painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening- tackle modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.
> Find this title on Overdrive
> Reading Group Guide from publisher
This kit generously funded by the Library Foundation.