The list author says: "We started a book club where I work for US Citizenship and Immigration Services in Chicago. We are specializing in book that help give us insight into the community we serve. We meet once a month at lunch time."
"The book for March 2008. The author was naturalized as a citizen at our office. She was the guest speaker at her Naturalization Ceremony. Unbelievable memoir of overcoming adversity as a very young girl and growing into a confident young woman."
"The book for April 2008. We selected a book in support of the Asian Pacific Islander month celebration. Bich, a vietnamese immigrant comes to America as a baby with her family. They settle in the blonde, blue eyed area of Grand Rapids, MI."
"This month we have selected a book about the US Constitution as we reflect on what it means to us as federal employees who have taken an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. July 2008"
"Interesting Pulitzer award winner about free black men who held slaves prior to the civile war. Set in a ficticious county in Virgina, the novel is peppered with interesting facts both contemporary to the novel and current. Very thought-provoking. February 2009"
"Our book club is reading this to celebrate Women's History Month. It is an excellent recap of American womens history starting with Native American women and ending with preparation for the next century. It is actually a text book for Women's study classes, but it is very readable and enjoyable touching briefly on women's issues in each period of American histoy. March 2009"
"April Choice to celebrate the Greek-American heritage. Very interesting true story of life in the war-torn hills of northern Greece and subsequent immigration of most of Eleni's family to America. April 2009"
"June choice in recognition of Diversity Month. Unbelievably interesting and well-written novel about the little-known topic of hermaphrodites. A sweeping family saga that includes a good portion of 20th century events. June 2009"
"July's choice in honor of the 4th. A totally irreverent satire about the business of Government in DC to include lobbying groups such as the "Toiling Masses League." The Department of Evaluation, Training and is formed to oversee all the non-functioning bureaucratic boards, branches and presidential study groups. July 2009"
"August choice in recognition of Woman's Equity Day. Very informative memoir written by a refugee who not only escapes from Somalia, she escapes her Muslin culture and religion. She becomes a fierce advocate of woman's rights. August 2009"
"October 2009 choice in recognition of Disabilities month. Our discussion leader will be a deaf employee. Wonderfully inspirational memoirs of a deaf child who was taught to speak and worked for the FBI as an agent."
"March 2010 we read Push, the novel the movie Precious was based on. We were all moved by the helplessness, despair and loss portrayed. Most of us who sawe the movie felt as though it didnot destroy the book experience or intent."
"April 2010 We chose Brooklyn because it is the City of Chicago One Book One City choice for the Spring of 2010. Some of us were able to attend a conversation at the Chicago Public Library with the Commisioner of the Library and Colm Toibin. It was very informative and can be found on the NPR website."