9th Ave: Mónica Guzmán with Buster Benson

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 7:00pm


Join us on Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm PT when Mónica Guzmán celebrates her book, I Never Thought of It That Way, with Buster Benson at 9th Ave!

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About I Never Thought of It That Way
We think we have the answers, but we need to be asking a lot more questions.

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
 
In these pages, you’ll learn: 
    How to ask what you really want to know (even if you’re afraid to)
    How to grow smarter from even the most tense interactions, online or off
    How to cross boundaries and find common ground—with anyone
 
Whether you’re left, right, center, or not a fan of labels: If you’re ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak, and madness of our dangerously divided times—in your own life, at least—Mónica’s got the tools and fresh, surprising insights to prove that seeing where people are coming from isn’t just possible. It’s easier than you think.

About Mónica Guzmán
Mónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and entrepreneur who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She’s director of digital and storytelling at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.

About Buster Benson
Buster Benson is an entrepreneur and a former product leader at Amazon, Twitter, Slack, and Patreon. He's now CEO of 750words.com and writes for Medium and busterbenson.com. He is the author of Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement.

I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times By Mónica Guzmán Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781637740323
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: BenBella Books - March 8th, 2022

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“I can see this book helping estranged parties who are equally invested in bridging a gap—it could be assigned reading for fractured families aspiring to a harmonious Thanksgiving dinner.” —New York Times


Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement By Buster Benson Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525540106
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Portfolio - November 19th, 2019

Have you ever walked away from an argument and suddenly thought of all the brilliant things you wish you'd said? Do you avoid certain family members and colleagues because of bitter, festering tension that you can't figure out how to address?


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