Great Books Book Group

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The Great Books group selects a collection of literature to discuss each year. In 2016, we take our reading selections from Immigrant Voices.

We meet at the library from 2-4:30 PM on select Sundays each month September through May. See below for previous readings, and check out our events calendar for upcoming discussions!

Does it strike you as unusual that a woman who recently immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic would keep unique habits from her former home country? “Even here in the States she drapes mosquito netting over her bed,” writes the author who knows firsthand about the experience.

This quote is from a selection out of the current volume chosen by the Great Books group. Perhaps this is the ideal time to try to understand the reactions, hopes, fears, observations, of actual authors from fourteen different countries who have gone through the experience of immigrating to the United States in the 21st century. Selections are from writers from India, Bosnia, Iran, Russia, China and altogether from 14 different countries. These experiences could help us better understand the current uproar about refugees and immigrants and what the United States might mean to diverse groups and individuals.

January 10th
Fischer vs Spassky by Vapnyar (Russia)
Stations of the Sun by Kwon (S. Korea)

January 31st
Echo by Lalami (Morocco)
No Subject by Robertis (Uruguay)

February 21st
Science of Flight by Li (China)

March 6th
Hot Air Balloons by Danticat (Haiti)

March 20th
Home Safe by Ruby-Sachs (Canada)
SJU-ATL-DTW San Juan-Atlanta-Detroit by Fountain-Stokes (Puerto Rico)

April 10th
Diogenes by Helguera (Mexico)

April 24th
Bamboo by Halfon (Guatemala)

May 8th
Encrucijada by Fernandez (Cuba)

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