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Bookworms unite! Each month, this seriously unstuffy community of Stanford alumni, family and friends gathers online to read and discuss a different book handpicked by one of our renowned faculty hosts.

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Current Book - April 2016

  • Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
    by Roz Chast.
    Hosted by: Andrea Lunsford

    "Roz Chast has for years and years been among my favorite cartoonists: when I receive my New Yorker I look first to see if she has a contribution in there. But with her graphic memoir, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, she has outdone even herself. Here her instantly recognizable, quavery, intense drawings team up with photographs and other documents to focus on the last few years of her aging parents' lives, as full of laughter as they are of tears."

    Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Emerita, and former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Upcoming Books

  • May 2016

    Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

    Hosted by: Blair Hoxby, associate professor of English

Past Books

  • September 2015

    The Martian, by Andy Weir

    Hosted by: Roger Romani, professor of physics and a member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

  • November 2015

    A Woman Without A Country, by Eavan Boland

    Hosted by: Greg Wrenn, Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program

  • January 2016

    Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

    Hosted by: Paula Moya, professor of English and, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Culture

  • March 2016

    Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson

    Hosted by: Judy Richardson, senior lecturer in English and program coordinator for American Studies

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