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Healthcare Equity Book Club: Welcome

Information about the Henry Ford Health Healthcare Equity Book Club

Healthcare Equity Book Club

Join the Henry Ford Health  - Healthcare Equity Book Club!  A book related to culture or equity is selected each quarter. Discussions are both online and in person, and are moderated by our Henry Ford Health - Healthcare Equity Team.

 

How to Join the Discussion:

You must be a Goodreads member to join the Book Club. Goodreads is a free site that hosts reading groups, lets you create lists of the books you've read and those you want to read. It's a great site to locate reading suggestions, too.

  • Once at the Goodreads site, create a free account. Once you are a member and you have made the choices necessary to set up your home page, select "Groups" under the Community drop down link and search for "Healthcare Equity Book Club".
  • Click "Join Group" and ask permission to join the group. A group administrator will get an email from Goodreads and will approve your membership.
  • You will be notified of the books selected for upcoming discussions and meeting information via email.
  • You must be an employee or affiliated with Henry Ford Health to join the group.

Meeting Information

Next Healthcare Equity Book Club: Thursday, July 21st from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - This is a virtual meeting.
  • This will be a virtual book club meeting.
  • Please contact Gayle Williams at gwillia3@hfhs.org for the Webex Information.  Gayle will forward the Webex connection information to you.

 

  • The July book club selections were chosen from the ACLU's Banned Book Club Reading List.  The ACLU notes that "...books about the same issues [people of color, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups] are being banned and challenged across public schools and libraries at an alarming rate.  In 2021, the American Library Association recorded 729 book challenges, compared to 156 received the year prior." 
  • We have chosen three books on which to focus.  See below.  However, you may want to choose to read something entirely different from the ACLU's List.  Feel free to choose something from the list that interests you - this makes for a wide-ranging discussion.  
  • Book Club selections may be checked out from the Sladen Library.  Email us at sladen@hfhs.org or give us a call at 313-916-2550 and we can assist you with availability and delivery.

Book Selections for the July 21st, 2022 Discussion

Between the World and Me

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD * Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)  In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.  Coates shares with his son--and readers--the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. 

The Bluest Eye

From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner--a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.   In Morrison's acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove--an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.   Here, Morrison's writing is "so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry" (The New York Times).

Lawn Boy

Recipient of the 2019 Alex Award​​ "Mike Muñoz Is a Holden Caulfield for a New Millennium--a '10th-generation peasant with a Mexican last name, raised by a single mom on an Indian reservation' . . . Evison, as in his previous four novels, has a light touch and humorously guides the reader, this time through the minefield that is working-class America." --The New York Times Book Review For Mike Muñoz, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work--and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew--he's smart enough to know that he's got to be the one to shake things up if he's ever going to change his life. But how? He's not qualified for much of anything. He has no particular talents, although he is stellar at handling a lawn mower and wielding clipping shears. But now that career seems to be behind him. So what's next for Mike Muñoz? In this funny, biting, touching, and ultimately inspiring novel, bestselling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man determined to achieve the American dream of happiness and prosperity--who just so happens to find himself along the way.