Fall Reading + Meeting Schedule!

We meet in the Jean Burr Smith Library (Chapman Hall) in the Periodical Room


Wednesday, September 27, 12:30 pm

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again By David Foster Wallace.

Author of what is widely considered one of the best books of the second half of the 20th century, DFW showcases his talents at writing creative non-fiction in this collection of essays.  We will focus on two in particular: “Getting Away from Being Already Pretty Much Away from It All” and the titular essay, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.” The pair of essays will let you know exactly what it’s like to visit the Illinois State Fair and to go on a Luxury Cruise. Plus, you can read the two selections online if you choose:

  1. “Getting Away…”: https://harpers.org/wp-content/upload…
  2. “A Supposedly Fun…”: https://harpers.org/wp-content/upload…
Monday, October 30, 12:30 pm

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

Set over the course of the night that Lincoln has to bury his young son and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel – in its form and voice – completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.

Wednesday, November 29, 12:30 pm

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Anyone who knows me knows that I just have to include a Vonnegut book in the rejuvenated-book club’s maiden semester (and Nov. 11 was KV’s birthday).  While not my absolute favorite, this Vonnegut novel is one of the more accessible, and its themes– founded on an approach to humanity that reminds us that we are only animals on this earth like all the others—are particularly relevant today! Wars, destruction, misery, poverty, an obsession with wealth: What have our oversized brains done for us lately? Vonnegut asks.

All are welcome, but I especially encourage those who read the books to come with the following:

Question: Any question(s) you want to pose about the reading(s)

Comment: Any comment(s) you want to share about the reading(s)

Quote: Any favorite quotation(s) you want to share/discuss from the reading(s)

And don’t forget to check out our online Book Club Supplement through www.Goodreads.com called “MxCC READS!” Online you can participate in virtual book discussions, help select future reading choices, and more! Check it out!


Contact English Professor, Adam Floridia afloridia@mxcc.edu (860) 343-5804