Book clubs are fun ways to share a love of reading with likeminded enthusiasts. While book clubs have been popular in libraries for a long time, it's only recently that they've garnered broader attention, with Oprah's popular book club and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine. Whether you want to read more of the same genre or try something outside the usual, check out these recent picks from popular book clubs:
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With that one eloquent word, disorientation, Ian Williams captures the impact of racial encounters on racialized people—the whiplash of race that occurs while minding one's own business. Inspired by the essays of James Baldwin, in which the personal becomes the gateway to larger ideas, Williams explores such things as the unmistakable moment when a child realizes they are Black; the ten characteristics of institutional whiteness; how friendship forms a bulwark against being a target of racism; the meaning and uses of a Black person's smile; and blame culture—or how do we make meaningful change when no one feels responsible for the systemic structures of the past. With these essays, Williams wants to reach a multi-racial audience of people who believe that civil conversation on even the most charged subjects is possible. Examining the past and the present in order to speak to the future, he offers new thinking, honest feeling, and his astonishing, piercing gift of language.