January 2021 Wine & Wisdom Book Club graphic with book covers of Ijeoma Oluo's "So You Want to Talk About Race" and Julius Lester's "Let's Talk About Race"

Wine & Wisdom Book Club

Brooke Wallace

Wine & Wisdom Book Club

January 7, 2021

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wine & Wisdom Book Club

Come learn and socialize with members as we explore fiction and non-fiction books that delve into social justice topics.


So You Want to Talk About Race (2018)
by Ijeoma Oluo

In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape–from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination –offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor’s seminal essay “The Meaning of a Word.”

We have also partnered with We Stories to read “Let’s Talk About Race,” by Julius Lester, a children’s book illustrated by Karen Barbour. Julius Lester says, “I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details.” Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour’s dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester’s unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.


We would love for you to join us and discuss these thought-provoking books.  For more information and to RSVP please contact Jen Bernstein.