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Global Book Series: The Distance Between Us

The April book selection for the Global Book Series is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist of Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies.  Her newest book, The Distance Between Us, is a personal memoirBorn in Mexico, Reyna and her siblings were separated from their parents when they left Mexico to try to find work in the United States.  The memoir examines her early life in Mexico as well as her own journey to the United States and her life as an undocumented immigrant.

 

“I’ve been waiting for this book for decades. The American story of the new millennium is the story of the Latino immigrant, yet how often has the story been told by the immigrant herself? What makes Grande’s beautiful memoir all the more extraordinary is that, through this hero’s journey, she speaks for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard.”
–Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

 

Please join us for the Global Book Discussion at Bishop Library on Friday, April 28th at 3 p.m.  Copies of the book are on display in the library atrium and are available to check out.

For more information about The Distance Between Us or Reyna Grande, please see the author’s website at http://reynagrande.com/books/distance.

This is the final title in the 2016-2017 Global Book Series.  If you would like more information about the Global Book Series, please see our LibGuide at http://libguides.lvc.edu/globalbookseries.

Global Book Series: Devoured

devouredThe March book selection for the Global Book Series is Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies–How What We Eat Defines Who We Are  by Sophie Egan.  Egan is a food writer and program director of the Culinary Institute of America. 

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.

“Entertaining… Humorous… An informative look at what Americans eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all those snack times in between and how our eating habits are changing who we are.” (Kirkus Reviews)

eganSophie Egan will be on campus March 30th and 31st.  On March 30th at 6:30 p.m., she will speak at Zimmerman Hall.  On March 31st from 3-4 p.m., she will be attending the Global Book Discussion at Bishop Library.  To learn more about Sophie Egan or Devoured, please see the author’s site at www.sophieegan.com/devoured.

The Global Book Series will conclude in April with our final title, The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.  For more information, please see http://libguides.lvc.edu/globalbookseries.

Global Book Series: Princess

The February book selection for the Global Book Series is Princess:  A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson.  Sasson is the best-selling author of the Princess trilogy and a “voice for women in the Middle East”.

princessPrincess tells the story of the life of a Saudi Arabian princess, named Sultana, who is a member of the Saudi royal family.  Even though her family comes from great wealth and privilege, as a woman, 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. 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.

For a reading guide and discussion questions, please see the author’s site at http://www.jeansasson.com.  For more information about the Global Book Series, see http://libguides.lvc.edu/globalbookseries.

Copies of this book are available to check out at the library. The book discussion will take place at the library on Friday, February 24th from 3 – 4 p.m.

Global Book Series: Votes Needed

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

distancebetweenusA 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 soldfamily 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 girls_kabulcause 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 princesscage. 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.devoured

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.

Global Book Series: An American Brat

AnAmericanBrat_coverThe January book selection for the Global Book Series is An American Brat by Bapsi Sidhwa.  Bapsi Sidhwa is an award winning novelist, raised in Pakistan and currently living in Texas.  An American Brat is a coming-of-age story about a Pakistani teenager, Feroza, who is sent to America by her parents for a temporary stay with her uncle.  The temporary stay becomes extended as she decides to attend college.  Much to the concern of her parents, Feroza slowly alters her perceptions and beliefs as she distances herself from her homeland and culture.

“An American Brat is an exceptional novel . . . funny and memorable.”
–Los Angeles Times

“Bapsi Sidhwa is a writer of enormous talent, capable of endowing small domestic occurrences with cosmic drama and rendering calamitous historical events with deeply felt personal meaning.”
-New York Newsday

To learn more about An American Brat or Bapsi Sidhwa, please see the author’s site at http://bapsisidhwa.com.  For more information about the Global Book Series, see http://libguides.lvc.edu/globalbookseries.

Copies of this book are available to check out at the library. The book discussion will take place at the library on Friday, January 27th from 3 – 4 p.m.

Global Book Series: God Grew Tired of Us

dauThe November book selection for the Global Book Series is God Grew Tired of Us by John Bul Dau.

Copies of this book are available to check out at the library or to purchase at the college bookstore.

John Dau will be on campus November 18th.  He will be discussing his book in Miller Chapel from Noon – 1 p.m.   In addition, he will also be joining the book discussion in Bishop Library from 3 – 4 p.m.

John Dau is a former “Lost Boy of Sudan” and leader of the John Dau Foundation whose mission is to “provide healthcare in the war-torn region of South Sudan by building and sustaining medical clinics and training community health workers.” http://www.johndaufoundation.org/mission

For additional information about the life of John Dau, go to:

John Dau Foundation

National Geographic Explorers Bio

“Impossible is what you choose not to do” – John Dau

Global Book Series: Without You, There is No Us

withoutyouThe October book selection for the Global Book Series is Without You, There is No Us:  My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim.

“Strangely terrifying…A beautifully written book that greatly expands the limited bounds of what we know about North Korea’s ruling class.”
—Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy

See the author’s site for more information including a photo album from her time in North Korea:  www.sukikim.com/album.  Click here to download a copy of the book discussion guide.

Copies of this book are available to check out at the library or to purchase at the college bookstore.  The book discussion will take place at the library on Friday, October 28th from 3 – 4 p.m.

If you would like to read more about North Korea, check out these additional books on display at Bishop Library:

 

Global Book Series Starts September 30th

Bishop Library and the Center for Global Education have partnered on a Global Book Series that will run through the 2016-2017 academic year.

Discussions pertaining to pertinent and entertaining worldly topics will be held in Bishop Library from 3 – 4 p.m. on the last Friday of each month (except December).

Check out the renovations to Bishop Library as you explore new books, engage in conversation, and grow your reading list.

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Fall Book Discussions:

The Fall titles below are available to borrow.  You can find them on display shelves located in the Atrium on the main floor of Bishop Library.

Spring Book Discussions:

  • Jan. 27 | 3-4 p.m.        An American Brat by Bapsi Sidhwa
  • Feb. 24 | 3-4 p.m.       Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
  • March 31 | 3-4 p.m.    Reader’s Choice
  • April 29 | 3-4 p.m.       Devoured by Sophie Egan

For questions, please contact:

Maureen Bentz, Access Services Librarian
bentz@lvc.edu | 717-867-6974

Caitlin Murphy, Associate Director of Global Education
cmurphy@lvc.edu | 717-867-6089