Which of these books would YOU like to read? Click here to vote. Book Discussion April 28, 3-4 p.m. at the library. Voting ends this Friday, February 3, 2017.
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Grande’s memoir is the sobering testimony of an undocumented immigrant’s journey from a childhood of poverty to adulthood as a professional with a promising literary career. Grande’s story advocates for immigration reform, particularly as it affects people like the DREAMers who seek life-changing access to education.
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.
Bishop Library and the Center for Global Education’s Global Book Series 2017
Discussions are held on the last Friday of each month from 3-4 p.m. in the library.
Other books we are reading:
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
Discussion: February 24 │3-4 p.m. │Bishop Library
Sultana is a Saudi Arabian princess, a woman born to fabulous, uncountable wealth. She has four mansions on three continents, her own private jet, glittering jewels, designer dresses galore. But in reality she lives in a gilded cage. She has no freedom, no control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons. Hidden behind her black floor-length veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, her sons, and her country.Sultana is a member of the Saudi royal family, closely related to the king. For the sake of her daughters, she has decided to take the risk of speaking out about the life of women in her country, regardless of their rank. She must hide her identity for fear that the religous leaders in her country would call for her death to punish her honesty. Only a woman in her position could possibly hope to escape from being revealed and punished, despite her cloak and anonymity
Devoured by Sophie Egan
Discussion: March 31 │3-4 p.m. │Bishop Library
A provocative look at how and what Americans eat and why—a flavorful blend of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics — that reveals how the way we live shapes the way we eat. Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great.
Author Sophie Egan will speak to the campus Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall. She will also attend the Global Book Discussion on March 31 from 3-4 p.m. at the library.