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Reading Groups

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Reading Groups at Donnelly Library

Spring 2017: Truth Be Told: Contemporary American Memoirs
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Lauren Fath

1. Hunger of Memory by Richard RodriguezWild by Cheryl StrayedFun Home

2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

3.  Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fall 2016: Pulitzer Prize Winners 5 Book Reading Challenge
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner

  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison Beloved by Toni MorrisonBrief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazLovely Dark Deep by Joyce Carol OatesThe Stories of John CheeverThe Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  2. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  3. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
  4. Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

This program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council.  This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes

Spring 2016: A Comedy, A Tragedy, and an Adaptation: A Shakespeare Reading and Discussion Group
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Donna Woodford-Gormley
1.    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
2.    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
3.    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Fall 2015: New Mexico Literature
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Juan Gallegos
1.    Randy Lopez Goes Home by Rudolfo Anaya
2.    The King and Queen of Comezón by Denise Chávez
3.    Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This reading group was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Spring 2015: Cancer: History, Research, & Ethics
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Carol Linder
1.    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2.    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Fall 2014: American Journeys: 21st Century American Fiction
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2.    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
3.    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Spring 2014: Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys: Points of View
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
2.    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
3.    House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

Fall 2013: Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys: Literary Reflections
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy
2.    The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar
3.    Snow by Orhan Pamuk
4.    Dream of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
5.    Minaret by Lelia Aboulela
This reading group was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Spring 2013: Inspired by Revolution: The Founding Years, 1776-1804
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Kristie Ross
1.    1776 by David G. McCullough
2.    Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
3.    The First Emancipator by Andrew Levy
4.    The Whiskey Rebellion by William Hogeland

Spring 2012: Beyond Gettysburg: The Wars Within the War
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Kristie Ross
1.    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
2.    Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
3.    Civil War Stories by Ambrose Bierce
4.    A Year in the South: 1865 by Stephen V. Ash

Spring 2011: The World in Words: World Literature Reading Group
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2.    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
3.    After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
4.    The Thing around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fall 2010: Native American Literature
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
2.    The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
3.    Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
4.    The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday

Spring 2010: Latin American Literature Reading Group
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2.    Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
3.    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4.    Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Fall 2009: Let’s Talk About It!: One Vision, Many Voices: Latino Literature in the U.S.  
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
2.    The Devil in Texas by Aristeo Brito
3.    Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
4.    Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García

Spring 2009: A Jewish Literature Discussion Series
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    The Trial by Franz Kafka
2.    The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
3.    The Counterlife by Philip Roth
4.    The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

Fall 2008: Jewish Literature: Identity and Imagination: A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World
Local Project Scholar: Dr. Brandon Kempner
1.    Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem
2.    Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
3.    My America by Johanna Kaplan
4.    American Pastoral by Philip Roth
5.    Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
This reading group was made possible by a grant from the American Library Association and nextbook.