Practice & Voice, BeyondBelief

All Souls Reads

All Souls Reads is a book discussion group that explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppressive circumstances. Join Rev. Gerald Davis on select Sunday at 1:30 for lively and in-depth conversation.

September 10, 2023

The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
“Epic…. I was just enraptured by the lineage and the story of this modern African-American family…. A combination of historical and modern story—I’ve never read anything quite like it. It just consumed me.” —Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Book Club Pick

November 12, 2023

Harlem Shuffle by Colton Whitehead
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, this gloriously entertaining novel is “fast-paced, keen-eyed and very funny … about race, power and the history of Harlem all disguised as a thrill-ride crime novel” (San Francisco Chronicle).

January 14, 2024

On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (UUA Common Read 2023-24)
A crucial new lens on repentance, atonement, forgiveness, and repair from harm—from personal transgressions to our culture’s most painful and unresolved issues.

March 10, 2024

Brotherless Night by V.V. Ganeshananthan
“An achingly moving portrait of a world full of turmoil, but one in which human connections and shared stories can teach us how—and as importantly, why—to survive.”—Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

May 19, 2024

Above Ground by Clint Smith
Above Ground wrestles with how we hold wonder and despair in the same hands, how we carry intimate moments of joy and a collective sense of mourning in the same body. Smith’s lyrical, narrative poems bring the reader on a journey not only through the early years of his children’s lives, but through the changing world in which they are growing up—through the changing world of which we are all a part.

About the Selections

Each book has been thoughtfully chosen to explore diverse aspects of the human experience, from the resilience of modern African-American families to the history of Harlem and the complexities of forgiveness and repair. Whether you prefer in-person gatherings or virtual discussions, we look forward to sharing this literary journey with you. Mark your calendars and get ready to delve into stories that resonate with our shared humanity.