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Spring Reading + Meeting Schedule!

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

"The Power" book coverMonday, February 25, 12:30 pm

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.  The Power is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

"Gone So Long" book coverMonday, March 25, 12:30 pm

Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III

In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.  Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as Andre Dubus III.

"Educated" book coverMonday, April 29, 12:30 pm: 

Educated by Tara Westover

One Book on the Riverbend Selection!

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”.  The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it


All are welcome—whether or not you’ve read the book—but I especially encourage those who have read to come with the following:

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

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

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

Questions?

Contact English Professors

 Adam Floridia afloridia@mxcc.edu (860) 343-5804

Or Ashley Raithel araithel@mxcc.edu (860) 343-5801

Happy Reading!