Faculty will share their favorite reads with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Group. This year’s line-up that takes readers from the slums of 19th century London to present-day Pakistan to New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. Visit library.uncg.edu/fol/register to register for one or more discussion. These discussions, which are held in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library, are open to all on a space-available basis, with preference given to Friends members.
Monday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. Faculty discussion leader: Dr. Bill Hamilton, Liberal Studies, Division of Continual Learning. Chosen as UNCG’s All-Campus Read, Zeitoun recounts the true and tragic story of a Syrian-born contractor, imprisoned in New Orleans after heroically rescuing victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Monday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor. Faculty discussion leader: Dr. Gwen Hunnicutt, Sociology. When Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a stroke at age 37, she was better equipped to understand the effect on her brain than most – she is a neuroscientist. The book describes her long road to recovery and her new appreciation for how the different hemispheres of the brain function.
Monday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. “Barchester Towers” by Anthony Trollope. Faculty discussion leader: Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English. Trollope re-creates life in an English cathedral town, sketching out the politics of church advancement and creating memorable villains (and villainesses), in this classic comic novel.
Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. “The Ghost Map” by Steven Johnson. Faculty discussion leaders: Dr. Janne Cannon, Microbiology and Immunology (UNC Chapel Hill), and Dr. Rob Cannon, Biology. The Washington Post calls this description of the 19th century cholera epidemic in London “a medical thriller, detective story and paean to city life. Johnson’s account of the outbreak and its modern implications is a true page turner.”
Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. “Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold” by C.S. Lewis. Faculty discussion leader: Dr. Christopher Hodgkins. In his last novel, C.S. Lewis retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche from the perspective of Psyche’s older sister.
Monday, March 28, at 7 p.m. “Children of Dust” by Ali Eteraz. Faculty discussion leader: Dr. Jeff Jones, History. From the book’s web site: “Children of Dust is an elegant memoir revealing Islamic fundamentalism and madrassa life in rural Pakistan, the culture shock of moving to the U.S., and a journey of reconciliation to the modern Middle East.”