Our Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community and foster personal growth by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. 

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning  By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

This accessible telling of the history of racism, which the UUCMC youth group will be reading as well, has an apt summary on its back cover, “This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the hear and now. A book about race.” This fast-paced narrative is an opportunity to help readers identify and ultimately stamp out racism for a better future.

Discussion: February 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM via ZOOM

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Past Common Reads

  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Michele Richarson
  • The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
  • Choke Hold by Paul Butler
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger 
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyun
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz OR An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
  • Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Book of Joy by Desmund Tutu & Dalai Lama
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want by Frances Moore Lappe & Adam Eichen
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics by Jonathan Haidt
  • Beyond Words: What Animals Think & Feel by Carl Safina
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • The Third Reconstruction by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
  • Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Behind the Kitchen Door by Sarumathi Jayaraman
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander