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Watch Bridge Book Club discussion of collaborative memoir ‘Wounds’

The bimonthly Bridge Book Club resumed Friday with a discussion of “Wounds: A Collaborative Memoir in Stories.”

Bridge Michigan and more than 75 readers were joined by Michigan-born authors Razel Jones and Daniel Abbott to talk about their memoir. If you were not able to participate live, you can watch a recording of the talk between Jones, Abbott and Amber DeLind, Bridge membership and engagement director, below.


Jones, who is Black, and Abbott, who is white, explore the concepts of race, differences and cross-cultural understanding growing up in White Cloud, in Newaygo County.

During Friday’s Zoom, Jones and Abbott discussed the process of writing a collaborative memoir, the reception to “Wounds” in their hometown, why they implored white readers to stand up to racism in the book and channeling their pain and trauma into a message of hope.

Watch the video here:

Bridge Michigan hosts bimonthly discussions on books with ties to Michigan. Previous sessions have featured "The World According to Fannie Davis," by Bridgett M. Davis, “Arc of Justice,” by Kevin Boyle, “The Women of the Copper Country,” by Mary Doria Russell, “Black Bottom Saints,” by Alice Randall, “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret,” by Steve Luxenberg, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan and “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley.

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Our next book club discussion is in November. Stay tuned to Bridge for an announcement of our next Michigan-related book selection and the date of the next book club meeting.

More than 480 Bridge members received a free e-copy of “Wounds” so they could take part in our September book club. If you would like a free e-book of future book club selections, join Bridge Club today.

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