The Give a Sh*t Book Club

America has become a scary place for many people in recent months. Hateful rhetoric has been given a powerful platform, and it seems like the racist, homophobic, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-science voices are so loud they're drowning out all hope and reason.

Most days, I look at the news and feel like I've fallen into a dystopian nightmare.

It's hard to know where to start to combat all the lies and ugliness, but the resistance starts here, with us.

Do you want to learn about cultures other than your own?

See the world with new eyes?

Grow in empathy for marginalized groups?

Embrace difference instead of buying into fear?

Come sit by me. We can read and learn together. Because what’s happening is not okay.

And because we give a shit.

The first book selection of The Give a Sh*t Book Club is American Street by Ibi Zoboi. It's a YA novel about a girl named Fabiola who immigrates to the U.S. from Haiti. Fabiola is an American citizen, but her mother is detained on arrival and Fabiola must go on alone to Detroit to live with her aunt and cousins. The book captures the dissonance between Haitian and American culture, and shows how painful and confusing this country can be to navigate if you're a newcomer. With all the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee executive orders and legislation happening right now, American Street could not be more timely or important.

Here's how to participate: Get your hands on a copy of the book, read it, and meet back here on Saturday, March 25th for a virtual book club discussion. I'll start us off with a few discussion questions, and you can chime in with whatever thoughts you have on the book. Already have plans that day? No problem, the comments will stay open for at least a week, so you can jump in whenever you have time. 

And remember, reading is resistance!