Reading for fun shouldn't stop just because you're in college. Created for first-year students this new book discussion program features two books a semester. Selected from books suggested by professors in Musselman Library's annual summer reading guide, You've Gotta Read This!, the discussions are a fun, easy way to take a break from class reading and enjoy a new book with others. You can choose whichever book interests you the most—or maybe both! The first 10 students to sign-up for each discussion receive a free copy of the book.
On September 25, Sarah Principato, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, will guide a discussion of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. On October 29, Ryan Kerney, Assistant Professor of Biology, will lead a discussion on Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
September 25, 2013, 7-8:30 PM Browsing Room, Main Floor Musselman Library
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. Description courtesy of the author's website.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer
October 29, 2013, 7-8:30 PM | Sign-up by October 22, 2013
Browsing Room, Main Floor Musselman Library
Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. Description courtesy of the author's website.
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