I’’m Catholic, and these days that’s hard. I’m an immigrant, though it wasn’t my choice. I’m now a citizen, even if it took a few decades to commit. I’m a husband and father struggling to make more time. I’m Hispanic, but perplexed by the label. I’m a registered independent, because it was easier than choosing. I’m a journalist, yet I never wrote for the student paper. And I’m a college football fan sacked by guilt.

Identity politics may divide us. But ultimately we can’t unite without it.

Eight books that argue over how to balance the individual against the collective.


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