Fragmented by Design by E. Terrence Jones

This is the book I’ve been assigned to this year

As promised on Thursday, I’m posting the list of books our Diversity Book Club is reading for 2014-2015. I was in England and missed our annual selection meeting, but I am so pleased with this list.

We’ve had some renewed interest in our book club since the events in Ferguson following Michael Brown’s death. Our list reflects that. I’m particularly looking forward to the discussion I’ll be leading on Fragmented by Design by E. Terrence Jones about the St. Louis area. St. Louis City is not part of St. Louis County and St. Louis County has 90 municipalities! Some of the problems in Ferguson and surrounding communities are rooted in our bizarre system of tiny governments attempting to deal with huge urban problems. I’m looking forward to learning how we got in this situation.

HereĀ is our full book list for 2014-2015:

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Autobiography of a People by Herb Boyd
  • Sundown Towns by James Loewen
  • Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
  • South of Haunted Dreams by Eddie Harris
  • Fragmented by Design by E. Terrence Jones
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

If you live in the St. Louis area and would like to join us for a discussion, send me an email (I’m on and use joyweesemoll as my username). I’ll send you the version of the list with dates and locations.

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Book Club List #WeNeedDiverseBooks #FergusonReads #SundaySalon — 8 Comments

  1. I read Invisible Man in high school many years ago. We read Black Boy in another English class at the same time (I took as many English classes as I could cram into my schedule) and to this day I manage to conflate the two books despite the fact that they are nothing alike. Maybe someday I’ll re-read one or the other and actually get them straight for once. Both are truly amazing reads.

  2. Fragmented By Design sounds fascinating! I may just have to read it myself. House on Mango Street is such a lovely book. It looks like you guys have a lot of good reading of you!

  3. I adore House on Mango Street. It’s a book I’ve read several times.

    Thanks for sharing this great list.

  4. I hadn’t heard of Autobiography of a People, Sundown Towns, Devil in the Grove, South of Haunted Dreams, or Fragmented by Design. The Diversity Book Club is such a great idea!

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