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**This group is no longer active. Thank you all for your interest and participation over the last few years!! This group has been so meaningful to me. I will be canceling the group in a few days, if folks wanted to connect with other members and exchange contact information.**

I'm interested in reading more books by people of color, especially women of color, and discussing them with other readers. I was inspired by Roxane Gay's lists of books she loves and also by this Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/2 ...

In an article on The Rumpus Roxane Gay writes, "Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by The New York Times [in 2011] are written by white writers. That is not even remotely reflective of the racial makeup of this country, where 72% of the population, according to the 2010 census, is white. We know that far more than 81 books were published by writers of color in 2011. You don’t really need other datasets to see this rather glaring imbalance." ( http://therumpus.net/2012/06/where-things-stand/ )

I'm excited to seek out books and authors that write about experiences that resonate and are familiar (and also unfamiliar!) to me. I'm hoping we can explore different genres of books as well. I think we'll start out with "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year. I'm also interested in reading "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler, "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez, "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison and am open to other suggestions as well. All are welcome to join.

Book discussions coming up:

March 2019: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

April 2019: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

May 2019: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Discuss "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

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Discuss "Pleasure Activism" by adrienne maree brown

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Discuss "Sister Outsider" by Audre Lorde

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Discuss "Slay" by Brittney Morris

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