Race in America Book Club

The YWCA of Boulder County’s Reading to End Racism


This group meets the first Thursday of the month from 5:30–7:00 pm in the Arapahoe Conference Room of the Boulder Public Library to discuss books dealing with race and racism.
NOTE: No meetings have been scheduled yet for this group for 2012.

For more information contact Emily, emilyh@ywcaboulder.org.


This web page was last changed on December 20, 2011.


All books read or planned to be read by the group since it’s inception:


January 6, 2011 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


February 3, 2011 Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy who Discovered He was Black by Gregory Howard Williams


March 3, 2011 Inheriting the Trade by Thomas Norman DeWolf


April 7, 2011 Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe


May 5, 2011 White Boy: A Memoir by Mark Naison


June 2, 2011 Made in Hungary: A Life Forged by History by Maria Krenz


October 6, 2011 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


November 3, 2011 The Human Stain by Philip Roth


December 1, 2011 Baghdad Diaries: A Woman’s Chronicle of War and Exile by Nuha Al-Radi



January 7, 2010 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


February 4, 2010 Carry Me Like Water by Benjamin Saenz


March 4, 2010 The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen


April 1, 2010 The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine


May 6, 2010 – The Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (film)


October 7, 2010 Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan


November 4, 2010 Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer


December 2, 2010 – A Shared History (film)



January 2009 – Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny by Zainab Salbi


February 2009 – Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama


March 2009 – A Conversation on Race (film)


April 2009 –  My First White Friend by Patricia Raybon


May 2009 – What is the What by Dave Eggers


September 3, 2009 The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea


October 1, 2009 Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko


November 5, 2009 Boxing for Cuba by Guillermo Vincente Vidal


December 3, 2009 The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf



January 2008 – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman


February 2008 – How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – Julia Alvarez


March 2008 – Anti-Arab Racism in the USA – Steven Salaita


April 2008 – Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri


May 2008 – Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel


September 2008 – The Principled Politician by Adam Schrager (Author’s lecture)


October 2008 – Americans in Waiting by Hiroshi Motomura


November 2008 – The Accidental Asian by Eric Liu


December 2008 – An Elementary School Education (film)



January 2007 – Shame of the Nation by Jonathon Kozol


April 2007 – Dinarzad’s Children by Pauline Kaldas, additional poetry excerpts


May 2007 – Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino


June 2007 – White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise


September 2007 – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


October 2007 – Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario


November 2007 – Caucasia by Danzy Senna


December 2007 – Freedom Writers (film)



May 2006 – Crash (film)


June 2006 – The Tortilla Curtain by TC Boyle


July 2006 – Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston


August 2006 – Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell


September 2006 – Voices from the Valley a dissertation by Dr. Anissa Butler


October 2006 – When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka


November 2006 – April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier


December 2006 – Day Without a Mexican (film)



For Emily’s favorites of the books the group read through March of 2009, go to http://www.sackett.net/FavoritesEmily.htm.


For more info go to the ‘Book & Discussion Groups’ tab on: http://research.boulderlibrary.org/readingroom