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 

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to 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