Read like it’s a civic duty.

Book Club

Stay longer with the world-making ideas of political thought. Dig deep into big ideas, share your insights, and maximize the impact of what you read with a civic-minded community.

Stop collecting books to read someday.  

Start reading like it’s A civic Habit that makes a difference.


Reading helps us find perspective. Books introduce us to voices from other places and across time. A reading habit helps us understand the reach and bounds of our own experiences, too. Reading with the #CitizensRead Book Club will help you create time to let big ideas take shape and live in your mind for more than a minute.

Think through political questions with our curated lists. We will select three books every 4-6 weeks that will allow us to focus on a question as it is understood from diverse perspectives.

Follow along reading 40 to 60 pages a week. Bridge gaps when you get busy by reviewing book summaries provided at the end of each book and talking to other readers in our online community.

Make it easier to remember what you read by starting a conversation. Share your insights in our online community or join facilitated discussions at the end of each book. Collaborate on how to use what you have learned.

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

—Albert Einstein

The best political thinking has always started with a good question and required more time than scrolling through the headlines. Our #CitizensRead Book Club will help you make time to think.

Summer 2020:

What does equality require of us?

We will start our first reading list this July. Join us as we think through what equality requires of a democratic people.

Our selected titles are:

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner (non-fiction)

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters (speculative fiction-alternative history )

Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Courts by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (non-fiction)

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Fall 2020:

Will democracy work?

Our second reading list pickes up the question of democracy itself. Some polling results have suggested that democracy is losing its appeal. We’ll start with some of the first observations we have of American democracy.

Our selected titles are:

Selections from Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (non-fiction)

How Democracies Die by Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Livitsky (NYT bestseller non-fiction)

Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor (philosophy)

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Let’s Start Reading Together

We will release the details about our membership fees soon. You will soon be able to join the #CitizensRead Book Club for a small monthly fee that you can cancel at any time.

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