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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.
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)