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Experiencing America Book Discussion Sets

Information and supporting materials for the Experiencing America book discussion sets.

Leading Book Discussions

Check out these videos from experienced discussion leaders with information about their library book groups and leading difficult conversations. You can also find them all on our Experiencing America playlist on our YouTube channel. Screenshot showing list of videos on Experiencing America YouTube Playlist.

Christy Billings, Russell Library, Racial Justice book group

Video: Advice from the Racial Justice book group (11:25): including the founding of the Book Group, how to facilitate discussions, setting group guidelines, and developing discussion questions. Related links include:

Rachel Tonucci and Elizabeth Lane, Bloomfield Public Library, Social Justice Book Group

Video: Where to Start (11:14): Including why BPL started the Social Justice Book Group, supporting staff, and supporting the program.  Related links include:

Video: Leading a Social Justice Book Discussion (16:51): Including facilitation, book selection, norms, and impact. Related links inlcude:

Video: Follow-Through (17:48): Including additional programs, actions, and collection development. Related links include:

Additional Resources

More Books

So many title ideas! Look for copies of these books in fulfILLment and  findITRead these tips for more detail on requesting loaned copies from other libraries.

  • Berbner, Bastian: In Search of Common Ground: Inspiring True Stories of Overcoming Hate in a Divided World 
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi: We Were Eight Years in Power
  • Desmond, Matthew: Evicted
  • DiAngelo, Robin: White Fragility
  • DiMarco, Nyle & Robert Siebert: Deaf Utopia: A Memoir―and a Love Letter to a Way of Life 
  • Goodwin, Michell: Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood
  • Heumann, Judy: Being Human
  • Kendi, Ibram: How to Be an Antiracist 
  • Livingston, Robert: The Conversation
  • McDaniel, Caleb: Sweet Taste of Liberty
  • McGee, Heather: Sum of Us 
  • Rothstein, Richard: Color of Law
  • Shakur, Assata: Assata
  • Smith, Clint: How the Word is Passed
  • Snorton, Riley C.: Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
  • Taiwo, Olufemi O.: Reconsidering Reparations
  • West, Lindy: Shrill
  • Wilkerson, Isabel: Caste 
  • Wilkerson, Isabel: The Warmth of Other Suns

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