Book Club

Each semester, we select a book for participants to share thoughts and talk about the diversity related stories. Individuals read the book independently and we come together for a discussion over lunch.

Fall Common Read: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Discussion Group Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 12-1pm: LocationDuffy 135 Please bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided 

Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students  

Book Abstract: In The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives. (From Amazon.com) 

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to diversity@stonehill.edu. Winners of the book will be notified on Friday, September 29th. Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion.

Past Common Reads:

  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor  by James J. O’Connell

  • Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” by Joshua Davis
  • Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare
  • There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot
  • Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski 
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Say You Are One of Them by  Uwem Akpan 
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Help by  Kathyrn Stockett
  • Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Yellow Raft, Blue Water by Michael Dorris
  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • The Other We Moore by Wes Moore
  • The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
  • Wise Latinas by Jennifer De Leon
  • Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
  • Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon
  • The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander