Last week's election was one of the most contentious the United States has ever seen. And in the aftermath, regardless of how we voted, all of us in the USA are feeling a sense of divide, one that we know is mirrored across much of the world. How do we reach across that chasm to engage in meaningful dialogue? How do we build a bridge between us? To continue that metaphor, how do we find the bricks to build that bridge, made of the solid stuff we have in common? Because we do have so many things in common.
We don't have any good answers about how to find one another again. But we do know one thing: books. All of us at BookBrowse know that books can be a part of the process. You do too. Books are doors through which we can walk to learn about new people, new places, and new ideas. They are mirrors into which we can see ourselves just a little more clearly. And they are maps which can guide us as we get up in the morning, move through our day, go to bed and do it all again the next day. Books are a safe way to try on new perspectives. They are a bold way to articulate what we believe, and to challenge our beliefs.
BookBrowse has always been committed to bringing attention to books that are set both within and outside the USA so as to foster curiosity about the world as well as our own backyard. But last week made it starkly clear that many of us do not know enough about the world inside our borders - our varied cultures, ideas, landscapes, people. And so, going forward, we will continue to recommend books from a wide variety of international perspectives while also making a commitment to seek out reading that helps bridge the national divide.
Perhaps books, and the conversations that come from them, are the bricks that when laid next to one another, overlapping one another, can build the path upon which we can walk to find each other again. Perhaps.
With best wishes to you all,
The BookBrowse Editorial Team