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Design*Sponge Book Club + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney


Earlier this week, I posted a picture of some books I was starting to read as part of a larger move to educate myself on social issues in America about which I’d like to know more. My little reading stack included a poetry and essay book, books on African-American and Native-American history, and books about women in activism and social justice movements (as well as a fun look at the musical Hamilton). I was overwhelmed by the positive response and recommendations for great reading and was overjoyed to see that one reader, Jessica Nichols, funneled most of the comment suggestions into an online shopping list of books (You can also plug any of those names into IndieBound to find local shops to support with your purchase).

So I thought I’d turn this into an informal book club where those of us interested can examine the connection between historical, social and political movements and how they affect home and feelings of comfort and belonging. If you want to join in, check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds where I’ll be opening up votes for which book we should read this month and discuss online together before the end of the year. Here’s to learning more about each other and finding ways to connect and grow together. xo, grace 

*Image above is Jane Mount’s “Ideal Bookshelf” print at 20×200


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  • I love this idea. I really need to expand my reading beyond productivity/self-help and cookbooks. And don’t forget to check your local library and used book shops first! A lot of the books are classics + frequent college reads – you can very often find used copies at Half Price Books, Goodwill + Salvation Army, and your local thrift store. Or you can always ask your friends… chances are one of them has a terrible book hoarding problem (like me…).

  • I was craving to learn more about the complexities in our society so when I saw your Instagram post & all the recommendations, it was a relief. I’m still adding to the online list, so fellow readers, check back on it for updates. Thank you Grace for the mention, it’s my pleasure to help us all in any small way. I’m really excited about your book club.

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