2022 Reading List


Tuesday, January 18th 10AM

Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection by Johann Hari.

One of Johann Hari’s earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, not knowing what to do, he set out and traveled over 30,000 miles over three years to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it. He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their own war on drugs--with extraordinary results.


Tuesday, February 8th 10AM

Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes DuMez


Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism—or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.”

MARCH 2022

Tuesday, March 8th 10AM-11:30AM

Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster.


Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon.

APRIL 2022

Tuesday, April 12th 10AM-11:30AM

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States: Revisioning American History by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.


Today in the United States, there are more than 500 federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the 15 million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative. 

MAY 2022

Tuesday, May 10th 10AM-11:30AM

Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine, by Anna Reid.


Reid's book takes readers back centuries, including the Mongol invasion in 1240 and the Nazi occupation in the 1900s, leading up to the country's independence in 1991 when the Soviet Union fell. The book chronicles historical research, Reid's experiences as a reporter in Kyiv, as well as the voices of peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin's famine and Nazi labor camps.

JUNE 2022

Tuesday, June 14th 10AM-11:30AM

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson.

How climate change is driving evolution. Plants and animals adjust, evolve, sometimes die out.  A story of hope, resilience and risk. 

JULY 2022

Tuesday July 12th 10AM-11:30AM

Halfway Home, Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller

A Chicago Cook County Jail chaplain and mass-incarceration sociologist examines the lifelong realities of a criminal record, demonstrating how America's justice system is less about rehabilitation and more about structured disenfranchisement


Tuesday August 9th 10AM-11:30AM

Having and Being Had by Eula Biss.


Having just purchased her first home, the author embarks on a self-audit of the value system she has bought into. The essays in this volume offer an interrogation of work, leisure, and the lived experience of capitalism.


Tuesday September 13th 10AM-11:30AM

The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, et al.


Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. 


Tuesday October 11th 10AM-11:30AM

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates.

A powerful new history of the Black church in America as the Black community's abiding rock and its fortress. Includes Islam. 


Tuesday November 8th 10AM-11:30AM



Tuesday December 13th 10AM-11:30AM