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By Amy Ferguson

Join us in taking a plunge into engaging narratives, humor, cultural criticism, and spiritual wisdom, through the year-long We the People Book Club. Its 12+ selections reveal our democracy’s failings and successes and implicitly urge us as readers to keep alive what American author John Steinbeck called that “stumbling-forward ache.”

“Each of the books is honest about where we are in relation to our ideals,” says Julia Davis, a fellow with the Practicing Democracy Project and creator and coordinator of the book club. “They hold up tough love as a form of patriotism and, hopefully, inspire in their readers compassionate action as an alternative to a feeling of powerlessness.”

The program gives participants an opportunity to strengthen their vision of democracy and their connections with others via its free monthly reading guides and an option to join a practice circle at any time for $24. We the People Book Club begins a new selection each month and runs through August of 2019.

We the People Book Club Selections
December 2018        Selected Poems of Walt Whitman and Maya Angelou
January 2019           Tenth of December by George Saunders
February 2019          Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
March 2019               Puddnhead Wilson by Mark Twain
April 2019                  The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and
                                  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
May 2019                  Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
June 2019                 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
July 2019                  The Partly-Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
August 2019             Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Already read but you're invited to catch up:
September 2018        The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
October 2018             The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
November 2018          A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

You can participate in two ways:

1. Sign up to be in the We the People Book Club Practice Circle ($24):

• Receive emails with discussion questions every Monday.

• Post comments and read the thoughts of others in an online Practice Circle.

• $24 for the year covers the cost of the emails, the forum setup, and technical help.

• Read more and subscribe here.



2. Download a Reading Guide:

• Follow along on your own or with your book club.

• Reading guides will be available each month.

“I hope the resilience of the characters and especially their compassion as they struggle will inspire participants to discover their own resilience in our troubling times, or perhaps just discover the source of their eagerness to keep going through hardship,” says Davis.

The We the People Book Club is offered by The Practicing Democracy Project, a collaboration between The Center for Spirituality & Practice and the Fetzer Institute.

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We the People Book Club Guides

Supporting 12 months of reading and ways to practice your civic virtues. Use on your own, in groups, or sign up to join the online discussion. Find the complete reading list on the last page of any guide.


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