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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.

Fetzer Resources

Their Eyes Were Watching God Reading Guide

Explore the themes of discrimination, love, and experience in this guide to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot Reading Guide

Explore the themes of patriotism, truth and history, and the American character in this guide to Sarah Vowell's The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

The Sympathizer Reading Guide

Explore the themes of identity, representation, and power in this guide to Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer.

Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

Ceremony Reading Guide

Explore the themes of destruction, healing, and connection in this guide to Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony.

Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

The Fire Next Time and Between the World and Me Reading Guide

Explore the themes of the condition of whiteness, the condition of blackness, and creation and destruction in this guide to James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

Puddnhead Wilson Reading Guide

Explore the themes of identity, race, nobility, and violence in this guide to Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

Gilead Reading Guide

Explore the themes of the beauty of existence, the complex blessings of family, and moral light and moral blindness in this guide to Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

Tenth of December Reading Guide

Explore the themes of systems and technology, tough ethical decisions, and class in this guide to George Saunder's Tenth of December. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

Selected Poems of Walt Whitman and Maya Angelou Reading Guide

Explore the themes of equality and freedom, the power of the individual, and audacity and resilience in this guide to selected poems from Walt Whitman and Maya Angelou. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the poems' democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find Reading Guide

Explore the themes of human sin, redeeming grace, and the abundance of nature in this guide to Flannery O'Connor's short story collection A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the novel’s democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

The Underground Railroad Reading Guide

Explore the themes of law ≠ justice; slavery, freedom, and unfreedom; and resilience, courage, and voice in this guide to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the novel’s democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

The Grapes of Wrath Reading Guide

Explore the themes of technological change, the necessity of connection, and resilience and creativity in this guide to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the novel’s democratic values. Thanks to Julia Davis, Practicing Democracy Fellow, for writing these guides and coordinating the We the People Book Club program.

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