NAI Book Club

Please note: starting in 2023 NAI Book Club will be a members only benefit. 

Our February 2023 Selection

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

by Mónica Guzmán

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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.  

Here, 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.

Book Club will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023. Registration is capped at 50 participants.


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NAI offers a multitude of engaging, enriching, and educational opportunities to its members throughout the year. Members can connect, learn, and network online and in person. Since 2013, the NAI book club has been a benefit enjoyed by members and certified individuals.

Bimonthly online gatherings, allow members to share thoughts and insights around a book selected by a member of the NAI community. Book selections are meant to apply to NAI's various certification categories.  Members are encouraged to nominate titles and volunteer to co-host or lead the book club meeting by emailing

Participating members joining the live online discussion automatically receive CE hours.  Members who are unable to join can read the current or a past book and submit a summary form to obtain CE hours. 

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Thus far, the book club has enjoyed these selections. Click the title to purchase on Amazon:
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
Priya Parker (December 2022)

Why Learn History (When It's Already On Your Phone)
Sam Wineburg (September 2022)

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative 
Florence Williams (July 2022)

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle 
Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski (April 2022)
Paul Ortiz (November 2021)

When I Was Puerto Rican 
A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago (September 2021)

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States 
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (June 2021)

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer (February 2021)

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors 
Dr. Carolyn Finney (December 2020)

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
J. Drew Lanham (July 2020)

Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage for a Better World
Larry Beck, Ted Cable, and Doug Knudson (June 2020)*
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Interpretive Theme Writer's Field Guide
Jon Kohl (March 2020)*
Listen here.

The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That will Get you Everything You Want
Dave Kerpen (October 2019)

So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo (August 2019)

The Non-Designers Design Book
Robin Williams (June 2019)

Coaching Interpreters
Margaret Repath Styles (March 2019)*
Listen here.

Interpreting Difficult History
Julia Rose (January 2019)

American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation
Eric Rutkow (September 2018)

Electric Lemons: Interpretation and the Art of Writing. Judy Fort Brenneman 
By Judy Fort Brenneman (June 2018)*
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Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
By Seth Godin (March 2018)

Don't Be Such a Scientist
By Randy Olson (November 2017)

A Natural History of the Senses
By Diane Ackerman (September 2017)

Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World
Edited by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski (June 2017)

Verbal Judo: the Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George J. Thompson, Jerry B. Jenkins (April 2017)

Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
by Pine and Gilmore (January 2017)

The Art of Relevance
by Nina Simon (October 2016)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain (July 2016)

The Interpreter’s Guidebook, 4th edition
by Jim Buchholz, Brenda Lackey, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman (April 2016)*

Feedback Revolution
by Peter McLaughlin (February 2016)

Adventures of a Nature Guide
by Enos Mills (September 2015)

The Story Factor
by Annette Simmons (June 2015)

The Thank You Economy
by Gary Vaynerchuk (April 2015)

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
by George Marshall (February 2015)

Crucial Conversations
by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny (September 2014)

Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose
by Sam Ham (May, 2014)*
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Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
by Gary Vaynerchuk (February 2014)

Made to Stick
by Dan and Chip Heath (December 2013)

Thriving in the New Knowledge Age
by John Falk, Ph. D (August 2013)*

Brain Rules
by John Medina (June 2013)

Meaningful Interpretation
by David Larsen (April 2013)

Telling Ain’t Training
by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps (January 2013)
*Author joined group for conference call discussion