One Book, One Richmond is a campus-wide effort that encourages students, staff, faculty, and members of the Richmond community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue. The 2020-21 book selection is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.

In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges.

You have several options for accessing Palaces for the People using UR resources. Muse Law Library has audio and ebook options available. Audio and ebook versions of this text use the Libby app. You’ll use your Richmond ID to access the content on either Andriod or Apple devices.

Boatwright Library has several print copies available to borrow, as well as a subscription to the electronic version. See the Boatwright Library guide to Palaces for the People for more information about their holdings.

Whether you read the book or just want to learn more, you can sign up for the One Book, One Richmond talk with the author on February 24th.

If you have suggestions, questions, or comments about One Book, One Richmond, please contact Adrienne Piazza. For questions about resources available to you through UR Libraries, contact the Law Library Reference Team.

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