This is the second of what I hope will be many books we read together–books that discuss important issues we face as a nation. I hope these books will challenge our views and motivate us to work together as friends and neighbors to build better communities and a stronger country.
Last year we read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and I'd like to continue the conversation about our broken criminal justice system with Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
This book has had a profound impact on my life in recent years. Just Mercy personalizes the injustices present in our criminal justice system through the powerful storytelling of an extraordinary American and one of my heroes–human rights attorney Bryan Stevenson. His memoir has guided and inspired me in my work, moved me to tears, and lifted me up with the hope that we as a nation can achieve our highest ideals through a more compassionate pursuit of justice. It's one of those books that I keep coming back to and I can't wait to read it again and discuss with you next month.