Ryan Speedo Green had a tough upbringing in southeastern Virginia: his family lived in a trailer park and later a bullet-riddled house across the street from drug dealers. His father was absent; his mother was volatile and abusive.
A groundbreaking, wondrously informative and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin, I Contain Multitudes presents a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.
Arlie Russell Hochschild, CLSC Author, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
In Strangers in Their Own Land, a finalist for the National Book Award, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country…
Acclaimed by critics and beloved by readers of all ages, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 03:30pm
A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution…
Thursday, August 03, 2017 | 03:30pm
When Doug Raymer falls into an open grave during a funeral service, it is only the first of many farcical and grisly incidents in Richard Russo’s shaggy dog story of revenge and redemption.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 03:30pm
A Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.
Authors Ann Patchett and Jane Hamilton come together to discuss their books, Commonwealth and The Excellent Lombards.
Location: Hall of Philosophy
Week 1 – Daniel Bergner, Sing for Your Life
Week 2 – Ed Yong, I Contain Multitudes
Week 3 – Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land
Week 4 – Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (classic)
Week 6 – Richard Russo, Everybody’s Fool
Week 9 – Ann Patchett, Commonwealth and Jane Hamilton, The Excellent Lombards
All titles available at the Veranda and the Chautauqua bookstore