The Whole Story

The Whole Story


The Whole Story meets at Anderson's Bookshop Downers Grove the last Friday of the month. Adults and teenagers are welcome to join as we discuss The Whole Story on issues of public interest. 

Our focus in 2020 will be reading books written by women of color. However, instead of the entire group reading the same title, each month we will have a list of 6 titles that participants can choose from. They can read 1, all 6 or somewhere in between!

We will meet for an hour of sharing what we read and, of course, treats!


Meetings and Books

February 28

  • Remembrance: A Novel by Rita Woods
  • Little Gods by Meng Jin
  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neal Herston
  • The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh
  • Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
  • The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

March 27

  • Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
  • Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham
  • A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home edited by Nicole Chung and Mensa Demary
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
  • The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

April 24

  • Night Watchman by Louise Erdich
  • Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
  • These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
  • Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
  • Black Widow by Leslie Streeter
  • Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

May 29

  • Afterlife by Julia Alverez
  • Lifting As We Climb by Evette Dionne
  • Banned Book Club by Hyun Sook Kim
  • Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward
  • American Harvest by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
  • How Much Of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

June 26

  • Medicore: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Running by Natalia Sylvester
  • This is One Way to Dance by Sajal Shah
  • The New American by Micheline Aharonian Marcon
  • Weird, But Normal by Mae Mercado

July 31

  • This is What America Looks Like by Ilhan Omar
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama
  • The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayetu Moore
  • Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Book of Rosy by Rosayra Pablo Cruz

Check back here for upcoming dates and titles!