Book Club

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Say No to the Single Story

The guiding theme for the Treetops Book Club is "Say No to the Single Story," based on the TED Talk "The Danger of the Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In her talk, she discusses the problem of reducing complex individuals and situations to a single narrative.⁠⁠

Our goal for the Treetops Book Club is to dismiss narrow preconceptions we may hold about certain groups, cultures, and ideas, and to broaden our understanding by learning through specific stories from authentic, unique, multifaceted individuals. The book club selections and discussions will center around this theme, and through meaningful dialogue within our own community, we will restore humanity to those we may have stolen it from by oversimplifying them with a single story.

We meet once per quarter at The 906 to discuss the book selected together by Treetops staff and KDL librarians. Click the link below to join us next time! In the meantime, check out our past books and discussion questions.

Current Book

Driss's family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born. Timely, riveting, and unforgettable, The Other Americans is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Past Books

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Discussion Questions

There There

by Tommy Orange

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Girl in Translation

by Jean Kwok

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Homegoing

by Yaa Gyasi

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Transcendent Kingdom

by Yaa Gyasi

Discussion Questions

The Book of Unknown Americans

by Cristina Henriquez

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A Woman is No Man

by Etaf Rum

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All You Can Ever Know

by Nicole Chung

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Behold the Dreamers

by Imbolo Mbue

Discussion Questions

A Place for Us

By Fatima Farheem Mirza

Discussion Questions

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

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The Last Story of Mina Lee

by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Discussion Questions

Courage

by Freshta Tori Jan

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What They Meant for Evil

by Rebecca Deng

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How Dare the Sun Rise

by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

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Treetops Book Club Tote
Treetops Book Club Tote

Treetops Book Club Tote

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Say no to the single story with this sturdy, handmade tote bag. 

  • Sewn in our makerspace by our New Americans 
  • Designed in Grand Rapids, MI by Kendall Dice
  • Screen printed in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Sturdy natural cotton straps