Common Ground Summer Reading

UW Impact has curated five books that encourage us to find common ground this summer. Wherever you find yourself lounging during the warmer days, enjoy these summer reads as a way to engage with fellow Husky alums. Join us as we take a deeper dive into the red/blue and rural/urban themes we’ve been exploring through our Common Ground resource in 2018.

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James and Deborah Fallows
  • Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country by Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy
  • Dr. Sam, Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend by Samuel E. Kelly with Quintard Taylor
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard

Find descriptions of each book at by visiting the Common Ground Reading List web page (ordering info there too!), or visit our table display at University Book Store on the Ave. Are you a UWAA member? Use your member discount to purchase titles through University Book Store and University Press.

Have a book suggestion that fits the Republican/Democrat, red/blue theme? Let us know by writing to Christine Newman at We’d love to learn about your favorites, especially by female authors and authors of color.

Already enjoyed one of these books? Look for our Summer Reading Monday posts on our UW Impact FB page to join in conversation with fellow Common Ground reading enthusiasts.