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Beacon Press: Reading Group Guides

Reading Group Guides

Beacon Press has developed a selection of reading group guides perfect for book groups and community discussions. Titles are organized by fiction/nonfiction and alphabetized by author's last name within those categories.

We also offer guides specifically for classroom use and for Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Click here for a list of books recommended for freshman year and campus-wide reading programs.


All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald

Arms Wide Open by Patricia Harman

The Blue Cotton Gown by Patricia Harman

Blue Revolution by Cynthia Barnett

Cabin Fever by Tom Montgomery Fate

Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo

The Death of Josseline by Margaret Regan

A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen

Faitheist by Chris Stedman

God vs. Gay? by Jay Michaelson

If I Can Cook/You Know God Can by Ntozake Shange

Incidental Findings by Danielle Ofri

Inheriting the Trade by Thomas Norman DeWolf

The Land Grabbers by Fred Pearce

Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

Lying Down with the Lions by Ronald Dellums

The Match by Beth Whitehouse

Mean Little deaf Queer
by Terry Galloway

Nina Here Nor There by Nick Krieger

Not Quite Paradise by Adele Barker

Medicine in Translation by Danielle Ofri

A Queer History of the United States
by Michael Bronski

Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words
by Kate Whouley

Rena's Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam

Salaam, Love edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

Singular Intimacies by Danielle Ofri

Souls in the Hands of a Tender God by Craig Rennebohm with David Paul

Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Tent of Abraham by Joan Chittister, Saadi Shakur Chishti, and Arthur Waskow

What Doctors Feel by Danielle Ofri

When the World Calls by Stanley Meisler

White Coat, Black Hat by Carl Elliott

Without a Map by Meredith Hall


The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri

Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo

Corregidora by Gayl Jones

The Healing by Gayl Jones

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Me Dying Trial by Patricia Powell

Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona

Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

A Small Gathering of Bones by Patricia Powell

Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Tide Running by Oonya Kempadoo

West of the Jordan by Laila Halaby

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