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Welcome to

The Better Together Online Book Club!

We are a library sponsored, district wide, online, common-reading book club for the STLCC community.  Each semester we will feature two books that share a related theme, but present a difference in genre or perspective.  Each book will have its own LibGuide that will feature interesting links, articles, videos, well as its own discussion board.  We encourage you to respectfully engage with each other on these boards and connect through the power of a good book. Most of all, we hope you have fun!

Nineteen Minutes: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy of the book

Diversity and Inclusion
Book Club

November Selection

"The Red and Blue: The 1900s and the Birth of Political  Tribalism" by Steve Kornacki

Nov. 28, 2018 at Meramec

January Selection

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson  

Jan. 30, 2019 at Forest Park

February Selection

"The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois

Feb. 27, 2019 at Florissant Valley

March Selection

"We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

March 27, 2019 at Wildwood


April Selection

"Becoming Nicole" by Amy Ellis Nutt

April 24, 2019 at Meramec

Past Reads and Their Guides

*Hatching Twitter - Fall 2017

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

The Circle - Fall 2017

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

March: Book One - Spring 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

The Handmaid's Tale - Spring 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Summer 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide

Fall 2018 Selections



Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult:

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day its complacency is shattered by a school shooting. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes--or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show--destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.  -Amazon

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

by Gary Younge

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.  -Amazon

Do I Have to Read Both Books?

Of course not!  This is a club about the pleasure of reading.  Only read the title that interests you (or both if you're a book nerd like us).  Not feeling either book?  Bookmark this page because next semester we'll announce two new books!

Coming for Spring 2019


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

by Amy Ellis Nutt

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin


Contact the Better Together Team!

Have a question or concern?  Please email the Better Together Team and we'll respond as soon as we can!

Stacey Lampman, Chair (

Susan Albert (

Joni Hynes (

If you have a library question, click here for the Ask a Librarian options!

Another Day in the Death of America: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy

Tell Us About Your Reading Habits

How Often Do You Read For Pleasure?
1 book a year: 6 votes (12.5%)
1 book a month: 20 votes (41.67%)
1 book a week: 20 votes (41.67%)
Not at all: 2 votes (4.17%)
Total Votes: 48
What is Your Favorite Genre?
Fiction: 29 votes (50%)
Non-Fiction: 8 votes (13.79%)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 4 votes (6.9%)
Biography/Autobiography: 6 votes (10.34%)
Historical Fiction: 5 votes (8.62%)
Graphic Novel/Comics/Manga: 3 votes (5.17%)
Young Adult/Children's: 3 votes (5.17%)
Total Votes: 58

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000