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Global Literature Reading Group

UPDATED September 3

The NMC Global Literature Reading Group meets twice a year to discuss a book about life in another culture. The group aims to bring together NMC faculty and staff from all departments and disciplines to stimulate critical thinking, literary pleasure, awareness of global diversity, and cultural interconnections. These books and discussions help support NMC’s Strategic Direction that NMC learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy.

Anyone is welcome to join!

BOOK DISCUSSIONs for fall 2020 & spring 2021:

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020: Snow, by Orphan Pamuk (Turkish author; fiction)
    Noon – 1 p.m., Meeting Note: This discussion will take place via Zoom meeting. Please email for details on how to join!
  • Date TDB, Spring 2021: The Future We Choose, by Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac (Costa Rican and British co-authors; non-fiction)

Limited copies of each selection will be available at a subsidized price of $5—contact Nicco Pandolfi at 995-1065 or

The purchase of books is subsidized by the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Helen Osterlin Library Endowment.

Past Global Literature Reading Group picks:

  • The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany (Fall 2006)
  • Colors of the Mountain, by Da Chen (Spring 2007)
  • The Long Night of White Chickens, by Francisco Goldman (Fall 2007)
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller (Spring 2008)
  • A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry (Fall 2008)
  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, by Bich Minh Nguyen (Spring 2010)
  • Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Fall 2010)
  • In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez (Spring 2011)
  • The Tricking of Freya, by Christina Sunley (Fall 2011)
  • Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers (Spring 2012)
  • Mountain of Crumbs, by Elena Gorokhova (Fall 2012)
  • White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (Spring 2013)
  • Rez Life, by David Treuer (Fall 2013)
  • The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson (Spring 2014)
  • Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fall 2014)
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power, by Rob Gifford (Spring 2015)
  • Telex from Cuba, by Rachel Kushner (Fall 2015)
  • House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, by Anthony Shadid (Spring 2016)
  • In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson (Fall 2016)
  • My Son's Story, by Nadine Gordimer (Spring 2017)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba (Fall 2017)
  • A House Without Windows, by by Nadia Hashimi (Spring 2018)
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah (Fall 2018)
  • Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story, by Pietro Bartolo & Lidia Tilotta (Spring 2019)
  • Blue Label, by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles (Fall 2019)
  • The Line Becomes a River, by Francisco Cantu (Spring 2020)
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