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Common Reads

Join us for a monthly virtual book club!

Please join Frick staff members, and fellow readers and literature lovers, Lisa Viscusi and Kelly McMasters for a virtual book club. Each month, we explore works from the established and new literary canon. We will cover a range of authors, topics, genres, and time periods, our selections will include works of fiction and non-fiction—novels, essays, short stories, memoirs, and poems—by celebrated and soon-to-be-celebrated writers. Learn more about our upcoming sessions and register below.
Program Information

Common Reads

Dates: October 17, 2020
Location: Online
Admission:
Free; registration required for each session. Program links will be sent to all registered participants.

Book Selections

Get ready for Halloween with the classic gothic story Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Mary Shelley’s masterpiece tells the tale of scientist Victor Frankenstein’s experiment in creating a living creature, and it cements her role as one of the founders of science fiction. Join us as we discuss one of the most iconic novels in horror at the spookiest time of year.

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories charts the emotional journeys of Indian and Indian-American characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. In stories that travel from India to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner, caught between their past and the “New World.”

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Inspired by Maragaret Garner, an African American who bravely attempted to escape slavery in 1856 Kentucky, Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning Beloved is Toni Morrision’s clash of power between the present and the past.  Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but she and her children are haunted by memories of Sweet Home Plantation and the hideous things that happened there. In this unforgettable novel, Morrison combines the visionary power of memory and legend with the undeniable truth of history.

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Michael Chabon’s first novel, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, follows the protagonist’s coming of age story as he spends the summer adventuring around Pittsburgh. Chabon explores themes of growing up, sexuality, and friendship. Gather with us to discuss this popular novel, which celebrates our beloved city.

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In her most recent publication, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson explores the unspoken hierarchy of society in the United States, which is based in racism. She depicts the American caste system as similar to the caste systems of India and Nazi Germany in order to convince the audience of the destructive nature of such systems. We’ll use this contemporary, nonfiction work to discuss the divisions of our country and the history behind them. 

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