Spring Reading + Meeting Schedule!

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

Howard Stern Comes AgainWednesday, September 25, 12:30 pm

Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern

Whether you love or hate Howard Stern, his recent #1 NYT bestseller has something for you. Rock stars and rap gods. Comedy legends and A-list actors. Moguls and mobsters. A president. Over his unrivaled four-decade career in radio, Howard Stern has interviewed thousands of personalities—discussing sex, relationships, money, fame, spirituality, and success with the boldest of bold-faced names. This book is a feast of conversation and a magnum opus of confession and personal exploration. As Stern insightfully notes in the introduction: “The interviews collected here represent my best work and show my personal evolution. But they don’t just show my evolution. Gathered together like this, they show the evolution of popular culture over the past quarter century.” From Billy Joel to Jay-Z, the Kardashians to Michael J. Fox, Lena Dunham to Harvey Weinstein, Tracy Morgan to Bill Murray, Courtney Love to Paul McCartney, Chris Rock to Jerry Seinfeld, Anderson Cooper to Pamela Anderson, this is our culture.

Agent ZigzagWednesday, October 30, 12:30 pm

Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began. A gripping story of loyalty, love, and treachery, Agent Zigzag offers a unique glimpse into the psychology of espionage, with its thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

Catch-22Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 pm: 

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Classic Lit Pick!

The book that added a now-common phrase to our lexicon. One of the most important books of the 20th Century. One of the most important war books ever. And now a Hulu mini-series. Catch-22 takes place in Italy during World War II and is the story of the incomparable, malingering, hilarous bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. In this satirical masterpiece, Heller both playfully and deridingly probes many of America’s most sacred grand narratives: patriotism, war, capitalism, and power, to name a few. At times sentences are as dizzying and labyrinthine as the cracked logic that underlies them, but that is all part of the fun of the farce, the pleasure in the paradox, the satisfaction in the circular reasoning. (Note from Adam: This is one of my all-time favorites, and Yossarian is my second favorite character ever!)

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!


Contact English Professors

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

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

Happy Reading!