Book Club

About Book Club

The Integrated Schools Book Club is a way for people from across the country to come together and discuss books, articles, videos, and podcasts pertaining to school integration. While the conversations are geared for parents, everyone is welcome.

We meet via video-conference and keep the sessions small so that everyone has a chance to talk — this is not a webinar!  There is no cost to attend — you need only internet access at the time of the meeting (and if you don’t have access to a computer with a camera, no worries).

 How Book Club Works

  • Register using the links on this page (you’ll be emailed a confirmation with simple instructions for how to log in to the video conference)
  • Invite your friends! Post on your social media!
  • Get ahold of the book/ readings/ podcast/ videos
  • Read/ Listen/ View (do your homework)
  • Join the video-conference discussion at the scheduled time and talk!

Join us for the next Integrated Schools Book Club discussion!

We are reading How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship and Community by Mia Birdsong. Mia Birdsong is an activist, facilitator, and storyteller. A Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project, she was also an inaugural Ascend Fellow of The Aspen Institute and New American California Fellow. She was founding Co-Director of Family Story and Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative. Mia speaks widely at conferences and gatherings across the country. She lives with her loved ones on the occupied land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people (AKA Oakland, CA).

About the book:

After almost every presentation activist and writer Mia Birdsong gives to executives, think tanks, and policy makers, one of those leaders quietly confesses how much they long for the profound community she describes. They have family, friends, and colleagues, yet they still feel like they’re standing alone. They’re “winning” at the American Dream, but they’re lonely, disconnected, and unsatisfied.

It seems counterintuitive that living the “good life”–the well-paying job, the nuclear family, the upward mobility–can make us feel isolated and unhappy. But in a divided America, where only a quarter of us know our neighbors and everyone is either a winner or a loser, we’ve forgotten the key element that helped us make progress in the first place: community. In this provocative, groundbreaking work, Mia Birdsong shows that what separates us isn’t only the ever-present injustices built around race, class, gender, values, and beliefs, but also our denial of our interdependence and need for belonging. In response to the fear and discomfort we feel, we’ve built walls, and instead of leaning on each other, we find ourselves leaning on concrete.

Through research, interviews, and stories of lived experience, How We Show Up returns us to our inherent connectedness where we find strength, safety, and support in vulnerability and generosity, in asking for help, and in being accountable. Showing up–literally and figuratively–points us toward the promise of our collective vitality and leads us to the liberated well-being we all want.

Register to join in the discussion by clicking the date/time that works for you:

Thursday 12/2, at 5pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern

Saturday 12/4 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern

Tuesday 12/7 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern

Thursday 12/9 at 8 pm Pacific/11 pm Eastern

Please check out our affiliate page on Bookshop.org. You can buy this book club pick and also see some of our past book club picks. If you go through our affiliate page to buy this or any other book, not only will you be supporting a local, independent book store, but a portion of the proceeds will also come back to Integrated Schools.

Check out our previous Book Clubs to see what else we’ve been reading!