Bridge’s Michigan Book Club pick for August is ‘Arc of Justice’

Bridge book club is back and the reader pick for August is “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age” by historian Kevin Boyle. This 2004 winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction examines racism in the 1920s Jazz Age through the story of Dr. Ossian Sweet, a physician in Detroit. 

We’re very honored that Kevin Boyle will join our Zoom conversation about his book on Wednesday, Aug. 26. 

You can join the Bridge book club by reading “Arc of Justice” anytime between now and Aug. 26. Bridge will post optional discussion questions in our closed Facebook group throughout the month of August, leading up to the concluding discussion on Zoom.

Here's our schedule

  • Book announced Monday, July 13
  • First discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: Friday, Aug. 7
  • Second discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: Friday, Aug. 14
  • Third discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: Friday, Aug. 21
  • Live Zoom discussion: Wednesday, Aug. 26 from noon-1 p.m.

How you can acquire 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 to redeem their free book.

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 “Arc of Justice” directly from the publisher, or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Overdrive or Libby. The book may also be available for order from local bookstores, some of whom are offering curbside pickup. Call your local bookstore to inquire.

How to take part in the online discussion

To participate throughout the month in our weekly discussions, please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here. Bridge’s social media team will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Every week, we will post several discussion questions about a section of chapters 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.

How to join the live Zoom discussion

Our hour-long Zoom discussion will take place Wednesday, August 26 from 12-1 p.m. To be invited to participate in this discussion, please complete this form and we’ll send you the link via email. 

To learn more about how to join a Zoom meeting, please watch this short video below. Zoom is free to use, and you can use the video call function on your computer, tablet, or phone, or you can call into the meeting using the conference line function.

We look forward to discussing “Arc of Justice” with you in August.

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Gary Zirulnik
Mon, 07/13/2020 - 9:56am

This is a really good book on so many levels!

Pam Z
Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:49am

Readers, you could also check out for used copies. I just ordered Arc of Justice for $4.03, free shipping. If you’re new to their site use the Advanced Search. Much quicker.

Bruce Coppola
Mon, 07/13/2020 - 3:10pm

I read it when it first came out, and went to a talk by the author. Really excellent; not just about the Ossian Sweet case, but about the racial segregation of Detroit put in place by government and industry in response to the Great Migration of African Americans and poor whites (regarded as backwards hillbillies and "white trash") from the South for industrial jobs here and elsewhere in Northern cities that has persisted since.