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Bridge June book club choice: ‘You Can’t Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids’

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Bridge’s bi-monthly book club returns in June with a moving collection of lyric essays. Bridge readers are invited to join this interactive discussion with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang about her book, “You Can’t Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids.” This essay collection is part of Wayne State University Press’ Made in Michigan writers series.

Please bring your lunch and join Bridge Book Club for a discussion of the book on Zoom from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m on June 8. You’ll have an opportunity to submit questions for Wang during the event.

To be invited to participate in this discussion, please complete this event registration form and we’ll email you a calendar invitation with the Zoom link to join.

Here’s our schedule

  • Book announced: May 13
  • First discussion questions on prologue-essay 8 posted on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: May 20
  • Second discussion questions on essays 9-17 posted on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: May 27
  • Third discussion  questions on chapters 18-epilogue posted on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: June 3
  • Live Zoom discussion: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. June 8

“You Can’t Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids” is a collection of lyric essays aiming to navigate the space between cultures and reflect on lessons learned from Asian American elders and young multiracial children.

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How to get the book

For Bridge Club members, we will provide an e-version of the selected book as a membership benefit. If you’re not already a member, join today for as little as $1 and support our nonprofit newsroom. Members will be sent a link via email from Membership Director Amber DeLind to redeem their free book.

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For those who are not Bridge Club members, would like to borrow the book, or would prefer a physical copy, you have other options. 

You can order “You Can’t Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids” directly from the publisher or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Libby. The book may also be available for order from local bookstores, some of whom offer curbside pickup. Call your local bookstore to inquire.

How to take part in the online discussion

To participate in weekly discussions of the book in the lead-up to our Zoom event, please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here. Bridge staff will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Over the next three weeks, we will post several discussion questions about a section of essays and group members will be invited to interact with our team and with one another.

Participation in these weekly discussions is not required to participate in the Zoom discussion.

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