“A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America” by David K. Shipler

Updated: Jun 1

Please purchase and read/listen to “A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America” by David K. Shipler before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 7-9pm EST (UTC-5).



The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation's Reading for Understanding monthly virtual book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


This book is an exploration of personal narratives from the experiences of black and white people in America. Through this book we will learn from the specific experiences of Black and White people. This book was written during the Clinton administration. Following The 1619 Project, we can deduce how much ‘progress’ has been made.

– Alicia and Sabrina, Reading for Understanding Workgroup


“A Country of Strangers is a magnificent exploration of the psychological landscape where blacks and whites meet. To tell the story in human rather than abstract terms, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David K. Shipler bypasses both extremists and celebrities and takes us among ordinary Americans as they encounter one another across racial lines.”

Source: https://cafeconlibrosbooks.indielite.org/book/9780679734543




Purchase the book from Cafe con Libros, Brooklyn, New York.


Each month we are celebrating a black-owned bookstore. Please consider supporting Cafe con Libros, Brooklyn, New York, https://www.cafeconlibrosbk.com

Purchase: https://cafeconlibrosbooks.indielite.org/book/9780679734543


Please purchase and read/listen to “A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America” by David K. Shipler before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 7-9pm EST (UTC-5).


Reading for Understanding


Monthly virtual book discussions hosted by the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation


As a learning organization, the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation seeks to provide opportunities to promote understanding and empathy. Book discussions provide participants with a shared experience and an opportunity to engage with others.


The Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


What should a participant expect?


Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and a one question quiz to access the meeting credentials preceding the event. All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small virtual discussion groups. We start together as a large group (7-7:10pm), briefly return to a large group at the half-way point (7:50-8pm) and conclude as a large group (8:40-9pm). Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern United States.


Support black-owned bookstores.


Where and how you choose to spend money has power. Visit https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php to find a store in your area or shop directly from https://aalbc.com.


“African American Literature Book Club, AALBC.com is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by, or about, people of African descent. Started in 1997, AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of information about Black authors.”

Source: AALBC.com


Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series and join our Finding Your Voice Program.


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