Stay Home Reading for Huskies

If you are looking for something to do while social distancing, consider taking this time to reflect on what unites us. UW Impact’s Common Ground reading list encourages Huskies to broaden our horizons and reflect on civic engagement. While times may be uncertain right now, these books offer an inspiring perspective on hope, community, and civic engagement.


Stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice and powerful citizenship…

Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy
by Eric Liu

  • What does it mean to be an engaged American in today’s divided political landscape, and how do we restore hope in our country?
  • In a collection of “civic sermons” delivered at gatherings around the nation, popular advocate for active citizenship Eric Liu takes on these thorny questions and provides inspiration and solace in a time of anger, fear, and dismay over the state of the Union.
  • This book will energize you to get involved, in ways both large and small, to help rebuild a country that you’re proud to call home. Become America will challenge you to rehumanize our politics and rekindle a spirit of love in civic life.

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Summary by Sasquatch Books


A blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change…

Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
by Van Jones

  • In Beyond the Messy Truth, he issues a stirring call for a new “bipartisanship from below,” pointing us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together to help those most in need.



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Summary by Penguin Random House


You don’t have to be racist to be biased…

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.
by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

  • Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior.
  • In Biased, with a perspective that is scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward.
  • Eberhardt works extensively as a consultant to law enforcement and as a psychologist at the forefront of this new field. From courtrooms to coffee shops, she shows us the subtle–and sometimes dramatic–daily repercussions of implicit bias and offers practical suggestions for reform and new practices for organizations as well as individuals.

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Summary by Penguin Random House