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Diversity Book Club for #ArmchairBEA — 24 Comments

  1. I’ve read a few of the books on your lists and found them excellent. I have read more about the residential school experience suffered by the Canadian First Nations People. young people ripped from their loving families and forced into a strange system, many of them still struggle from the damage to this day.

  2. Once again, Joy, a great post and a wonderful Diversity Reading 101 list. After I absorbed the news of Maya Angelou s death, I pulled out my 20 year old copy of I know why the Caged Bird sings and was reminded of why I love her so much.. Excellent choice for September. I M encouraged by the discussion around diversity. I will add a step further and say we need more American people of color getting published – African, Latino, Native, Arab, and Asian- those are the real voices missing. Let’s keep reading, sharing, and hoping.

  3. Joy, thank-you for sharing this! It’s incredible that such a thoughtful book club should emerge out of such a terrible tragedy. I’ve never heard of anything similar happening before. I find it’s hard enough to find a book club that’s truly interested in discussing books – that your club has been able to persist over the years, reading books that deal with a difficult topic, is inspiring.

    Above, Heather mentioned reading about the residential school experiences. This is a topic I’ve been exploring the past year as well, through university courses about Aboriginal spirituality and traumatic autobiographies. Today more narratives by Aboriginal people are being published. I think while such narratives may be uncomfortable to read, it’s important that we witness their stories if we’re going to achieve any sort of reconciliation, as you doing through your book club.

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  5. I love it that you have a diversity book club! Just what I need to join too. Those are some really good books in your post! It is really nice to be able to come to books after a tragedy like that and try to learn more about people. Great venture!

  6. A great idea to have a Diversity Book Club! How wonderful that it’s lasted so well, too! Thanks for the reading suggestions! I’m sorry to say I haven’t read a single one of them yet.

  7. What a great idea for a book club – very inspiring.
    I found the Sidney Poitier autobiography fascinating & the Malcolm X one challenging if your group is looking for any more options 🙂

  8. Wow! Thank you so much for all of the book recommendations! I’ve always wanted to be in a book club, and it’s wonderful that your community came together after a tragedy. I’ll have to check out some of these books, and I need to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I was so upset when I heard of her passing! great post 😀

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