Common Reads is a virtual book club that brings together readers of all backgrounds to unpack the complicated nature of iconic works of literature. Each month, we discuss everything from the silly to the serious about beloved works of literature, both new and old. Selections cover a wide range of topics, genres, and time periods.
Free registration is required for each session. Learn more about our upcoming book selections and register below.
Roxane Gay says, "we don’t all have to believe in the same feminism." From the first wave of feminism in the late 19th-century, which focused on voting rights for women, to the feminism of today, which aims to reckon with the truth of intersectionality, there have been as many ideas about feminism as there are women. This session of Common Reads will take a look at some of the most notable feminist writings throughout the movement’s four waves.
"[A]nd everything is going to the beat. It's the beat generation, it's be-at." The Beat Generation rejected the American values sold to them in the 1950s, and its members produced literature, poetry, art, and music based on their own values of spontaneity, spirituality, and sensuality. Join us for a discussion on a few of the important works to come out of the Beat Generation from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and more.
Go Tell It on the Mountain is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin. The book tells the story of John Grimes, an intelligent teenager in 1930s Harlem, and his relationship with his family and his church. The book’s brilliant style and sophisticated portrait of a young man struggling with complex issues made this one of the landmark novels of the postwar period.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini follows Amir, a wealthy boy from Kabul, as he grows up. Hosseini uses the backdrop of a changing Afghanistan to explore themes of betrayal, friendship, fatherhood, and guilt.