Great Books Book Group

Interested in joining? Contact Ken by email or call (269) 585-8730

The Great Books group selects a collection of literature to discuss each year. In 2016-2017, we take our reading selections from the Great Books Foundation publication, The Will of the People: readings in American democracy. There is no charge to join but each person needs to purchase the publication mentioned (ordering information and price will be provided).

We meet at the library from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM every other Sunday six times after the original organization meeting.

See below for our upcoming readings, and check out our events calendar for upcoming discussions!

September 18th – Meet to initiate a new reading / discussion group.
October 2nd
October 16th
October 30th
November 13th
November 27th

The readings for discussion are:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • 3 selected Federalist papers
  • the whole United States Constitution with amendments
  • Washington’s Farewell
  • Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation
  • Lincoln’s Gettysburg address
  • Lincoln’s second Inaugural address
  • The Declaration of Seneca Falls
  • An address by Sojourner Truth
  • Excerpt from the U.S. v. Susan B. Anthony trial
  • Langston Hughes poem “Let American be America Again”
  • and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”


2015 Fall – Spring 2016 Season

Selections were from 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.

Fischer vs Spassky by Vapnyar (Russia)
Stations of the Sun by Kwon (S. Korea)
Echo by Lalami (Morocco)
No Subject by Robertis (Uruguay)
Science of Flight by Li (China)
Hot Air Balloons by Danticat (Haiti)
Home Safe by Ruby-Sachs (Canada)
SJU-ATL-DTW San Juan-Atlanta-Detroit by Fountain-Stokes (Puerto Rico)
Diogenes by Helguera (Mexico)
Bamboo by Halfon (Guatemala)
Encrucijada by Fernandez (Cuba)

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