2022 Book Circles: 

I Never Thought of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times

By Mónica Guzmán

    On Nov. 16, the DCF hosted Mónica Guzmán as our Building Opportunity Keynote Presentation speaker. Thank you to everyone who participated in a book circle and were present (in person or virtual) for the keynote presentation. Mónica certainly left the audience with great advice on how to live more curiously and how to try to build bridges in our divided times. If you would still like to read the book, check your local Delaware Library for a copy of the book or you can purchase your own.

    About The Book

    Journalist Mónica Guzmán is the loving liberal daughter of Mexican immigrants who voted—twice—for Donald Trump. When the country could no longer see straight across the political divide, Mónica set out to find what was blinding us and discovered the most eye-opening tool we’re not using: our own built-in curiosity.

    Partisanship is up, trust is down, and our social media feeds make us sure we’re right and everyone else is ignorant (or worse). But avoiding one another is hurting our relationships and our society.

    In this timely, personal guide, Mónica, the chief storyteller for the national cross-partisan depolarization organization Braver Angels, takes you to the real front lines of a crisis that threatens to grind America to a halt—broken conversations among confounded people. She shows you how to overcome the fear and certainty that surround us to finally do what only seems impossible: understand and even learn from people in your life whose whole worldview is different from or even opposed to yours.

    Drawing from cross-partisan conversations she’s had, organized, or witnessed everywhere from the echo chambers on social media to the wheat fields in Oregon to raw, unfiltered fights with her own family on election night, Mónica shows how you can put your natural sense of wonder to work for you immediately, finding the answers you need by talking with people—rather than about them—and asking the questions you want, curiously.

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