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Ideas That Work: Broaden Your Horizons With a Book Club
Publish Date: September 14, 2021   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work Workplace Culture Diversity Equity Inclusion
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PAGE TURNERS Members of the book club recently read and discussed these titles, which they say have had a positive impact on their worldview.   |   Crystal N. Johnson-Mann
Reading about a wide range of topics and people helps to build awareness about the importance of cultural diversity, says Crystal N. Johnson-Mann, MD, an assistant professor of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at University of Florida Health in Gainesville. Dr. Johnson-Mann formed a virtual book club with colleagues she connected with on Twitter. They meet online about every two months to discuss a book, typically non-fiction, that centers on the life experience of others that they would not normally read about. The group is now reading In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado. Dr. Johnson-Mann searches for topics of interest by scanning reviews of non-fiction titles by The New York Times, The New Yorker and Goodreads. “We’ve really enjoyed the books and the discussions surrounding them,” says Dr. Johnson-Mann. “Members of the group say learning about the experiences of others has shaped their general outlook in a positive way, which impacts their everyday lives.”