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2022 Dates and Titles
January 19 – Educated (2018) by Tara Westover
Description: Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.
March 16 – Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do (2019) by Jennifer Eberhardt
Description: A leading expert on unconscious racial bias examines the manifestations of automatic racism in contemporary society and how they influence race relations and criminal justice.
April 27 – Know My Name: A Memoir (2019) by Chanel Miller
Description: This book will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic. Special Guest: Katelyn, Mobile Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with the Bolton Refuge House.
May 25 – Crying in H Mart (2021) by Michelle Zauner
Description: The Japanese Breakfast indie pop star presents a full-length account of her viral New Yorker essay to share poignant reflections on her experiences of growing up Korean-American, becoming a professional musician and caring for her terminally ill mother.
July 20 – Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally (2021) by Emily Ladau
Description: A guide for how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible place”– Provided by publisher. Special Guest: Author Dr. Katherine Schneider, retired UWEC clinical psychologist who has been blind from birth and serves on the Eau Claire County Board.
September 21 – What Happened to You (2021) by Bruce Duncan Perry
Description: Through deeply personal conversation, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Perry explore how what happens to us in early childhood influences the people we become. They challenge us to shift from focusing on, “What’s wrong with you?” or “Why are you behaving that way?,” to asking, “What happened to you?”
November 16 – Still Alice (2009) by Lisa Genova
Description: Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.