Spring Reading + Meeting Schedule!
We meet in the Jean Burr Smith Library (Chapman Hall) in the Periodical Room
Below are the books for group discussion, but PLEASE feel free to come and talk about any book(s) you’ve read recently—especially in January. We will try to dedicate some time each meeting to “Open Discussion”!
Wednesday, January 31, 12:30-1:15
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Randle P. McMurphy is a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, back by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. This 1960s classic epitomizes the struggle of the individual vs. authority, of free-will vs. conformity, and begs the question of what it means to be sane in a society that represses man’s natural impulses.
Wednesday, February 28, 12:30-1:15
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime is the compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. His tale is by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting.
Wednesday, March 28, 12:30-1:15
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
You’ve seen the new television series, now read the original! The Handmaid’s Tale transports readers into a dystopian future where women’s bodies are used as political instruments and where language becomes the ultimate tool of power. The novel portends ominous messages of how complacency contributes to abuses of power and forces readers to examine how women are viewed and treated, not only in the novel but also in our own culture.
Wednesday, April 25, 12:30-1:15
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Join our larger community by choosing to read the official One Book on the Riverbend selection for 2018! Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman who was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next.
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 email@example.com (860) 343-5804