Past Book Discussions

2015 - 2016

  • Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People Who Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman.
    Discussion led by Jenny Dale and Lynda Kellam of the University Libraries.
  • Being Mortal: What Matters at the End of Life, by Atul Gawande.
    Discussion led by Emeritus Professor Dr. Janne Cannon of UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Rob Cannon of the Biology Department.
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, by Timothy Egan.
    Discussion led by Dr. Bob Gatten, Emeritus Professor of Biology.
  • Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House, by Elizabeth Keckley.
    Discussion led by Karen Weyler of the English Department.
  • Black Dogs, by Ian McEwan.
    Discussion led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries.

2014 - 2015

  • The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited by Richard Florida.
    Discussion led by Keith Debbage of the Department of Geography & the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism.
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.
    Discussion led by Anne Hershey of the Biology Department.
  • The Member of the Wedding: The Play by Carson McCullers
    led by Keith Cushman of the English Department.
  • Regeneration by Pat Barker
    led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries.
  • Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning
    led by Karl Schleunes of the History Department

2013 - 2014

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.
    Discussion led by Dr. Steven Cureton, Sociology
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.
    Discussion led by Dr. David Wharton, Classical Studies
  • The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai by John Tayman.
    Discussion led by Dr. Janne Cannon (Microbiology and Immunology, UNC) and Dr. Rob Cannon (Biology)
  • Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves.
    Discussion led by Dr. Ron Cassell, History
  • The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West.
    Discussion led by Dr. Keith Cushman, English
  • Serena by Ron Rash.
    Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English

2012 - 2013

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
    Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Rosklely, English (September 17, 2012)
  • The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore White
    Discussion led by Dr. David Olson, Political Science (October 29, 2012)
  • The Match: "Savior Siblings" and One Family's Battle to Heal Their Daughter by Beth Whitehouse
    Discussion led by Dr. Terrance McConnell, Philosophy (December 3, 2012)
  • When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by T.M. Luhrmann
    Discussion led by Dr. Bennett Ramsey, Religious Studies (January 28, 2013)
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    Discussion led by Dr. Keith Cushman, English (February 25, 2013)
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
    Discussion led by Dr. Karl Schleunes, History
  • 2011 - 2012

    • No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
      Discussion led by Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies (September 26, 2011)
    • Straight Man by Richard Russo
      Discussion led by Dr. Richard Barton, History (October 24, 2011)
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
      Discussion led by Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Biology (December 5, 2011)
    • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
      Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English (February 6, 2012)
    • Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser
      Discussion led by Dr. Ken Snowden, Economics (March 26, 2012)
    • The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
      Discussion led by Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Communication Studies (April 23, 2012)

    2010 - 2011

    • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.
      Discussion led by Bill Hamilton, Liberal Studies (October 4, 2010)
    • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. Discussion led by Gwen Hunnicutt, Sociology Department (November 1, 2010)
    • Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. Discussion led by Hephzibah Roskelly, English Department (December 6, 2010)
    • The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Discussion led by Janne Cannon, Microbiology and Immunology (UNC Chapel Hill) and Rob Cannon, Biology (January 24, 2011)
    • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis. Discussion led by Christopher Hodgkins, English Department ( February 28, 2011)
    • Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz. Discussion led by Jeff Jones, History Department (March 28, 2011)

    2009 - 2010

    • The Innocent Man by John Grisham. Discussion Led by Saundra Wetervelt, Sociology (September 21, 2009)
    • Stoner by John Williams. Discussion led by Michael Parker, English (October 5, 2009)
    • The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton. Discussion led by Patrick Lee Lucas, Interior Architecture ( November 9, 2009)
    • This One and Magic Life by Anne Carroll George. Discussion led by Bill Carroll, School of Music (January 25, 2010)
    • Abraham Lincoln by James McPherson. Discussion led by Mark Elliott, History (February 22, 2010)
    • Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout. Discussion led by Hepsie Roskelly, English (March 22, 2011)

    2008-2009 Theme: Sustainability

    • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
      Discussion led by Dr. Greg Grieve, Religious Studies Dept. (September 29, 2008)
    • The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard
      Discussion led by Fred Chappell, Professor Emeritus of English (October 27, 2008)
    • Essays by Wendell Berry & Thomas Berry
      Discussion led by Ann Berry Somers, Biology Dept. (November 24, 2008)
    • Native Hill by Wendell Berry
      Print copy in The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry, edited by Norman Wirzba.
    • The Meadow Across the Creek by Thomas Berry
      Electronic copy available here. Print copy in The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, by Thomas Berry. NY: Crown Publishing Group, 2000.
    • Animal, Vegetable and Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
      Discussion led by Dr. Anne-Marie Scott, Nutrition Dept. (January 26, 2009)
    • The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
      Discussion led by Dr. Hepsie Roskelly, English Dept. (February 23, 2009)

    2007-2008 Theme: Journeys

    • After This by Alice McDermott (October 25, 2007)
    • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (January 28, 2008)
    • The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen (February 25, 2008)
    • Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (March 31, 2008)
    • Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism by former professor Bill Link
      With presentation by Bill Link(February 27, 2008)

    2006-2007 Theme: Books Worth a Second Look

    • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
      Discussion led by Dr. Saundra D. Westervelt, Associate Professor of Sociology (September 25, 2006)
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
      Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, Professor of English (October 30, 2006)
    • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
      Discussion led by Dr. Parke Rublee, Professor of Biology (November 27, 2006)
    • Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
      Discussion led by Dr. Peter Carmichael, Associate Professor of History (January 29, 2007)
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
      Discussion led by Dr. Colleen Kriger, Associate Professor of History (March 26, 2007)

    2005-2006 Theme: Award Winners

    • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
      Discussion led by Mr. Jim Wren, Professor of Theater (September 26, 2005)
    • All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
      Discussion led by Mr. Stuart Dischell, Associate Professor of English (October 24, 2005)
    • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
      Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, Professor of English (November 21, 2005)
    • Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire
      Discussion led by Dr. Mark Smith-Soto, Professor of Spanish (January 23, 2006)
    • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
      Discussion led by Dr. Henry Levinson, Professor of Religious Studies (March 27, 2006)

    2004-2005 Theme: The World We Live In

    2003-2004 Theme: Different Lives

    • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
      Led by Hepsie Roskelly, Professor of English (September 15, 2003)
    • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.
      Led by Russ McDonald, Professor of English (October 20, 2003)
    • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.
      Led by Allen Trelease, Emeritus Professor of History (November 24, 2003)
    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.
      Led by Loren Schweninger, Professor of History (February 2, 2004 [rescheduled from January 26])
    • William Wilson by E.A. Poe
      Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by R.L.Stevenson.
      Led by William Finley, Special Collections Librarian (March 15, 2004 [rescheduled from February 16])
    • Catch Me If You Can by Stan Redding and Frank Abagnale
      Led by Michael Frierson, Associate Professor of Broadcasting and Cinema (April 19, 2004)

    2002-2003 Theme: American Journeys

    • Towns Without Rivers by Michael Parker
      Discussion led by Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors members Ann Russ and Beth Sheffield September 23, 2002)
    • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
      Discussion led by Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors members Ann Russ and Beth Sheffield and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Gatten, who is a nationally recognized expert on Lewis and Clark, a founding director of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council and Past President of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (November 18, 2002)
    • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
      Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, Professor of English and Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors members Ann Russ and Beth Sheffield (January 27, 2003)
    • The Last Girls by Lee Smith
      Discussion led by Lee Zacharias, Associate Professor of English and Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors members Ann Russ and Beth Sheffield (April 21, 2003 [rescheduled from March 17, 2003])

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