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Spring 2016 Books

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Book of Sands

Book of Sands by Karim Alrawi

Book Club Spring 2016

Facilitated by the author, Karim Alrawi. An atmospheric, multi-layered story of intimate lives, informed by recent events and heightened by touches of magic realism, set against the wider canvas of historic events.

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Galore

Galore by Michael Crummey

Book Club Fall 2015

Facilitated by Francine Cunningham, BFA’11. An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to be real.

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Curiosity

Curiosity by Joan Thomas

Book Club Fall 2015

Facilitated by Rhea Tregebov, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Program. In 1812, a 12 year-old girl dug the skeleton of what she thought was a dragon out of the cliff on an English beach. Mary Anning was poor and barely literate. Her astonishing find–– a thirty-foot Ichthyosaur from the Jurassic Period—turned the science of the day upside down and set the course of Mary’s life.

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Tracks

Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Book Club Spring 2015

Facilitated by Maureen Phillips, BA’ 84, MA. I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.’ So begins Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.

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The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Book Club Spring 2015

Facilitated by Dr. Brian McIlroy, BA, MA, PhD. Originally published in 1951, The End of the Affair was acclaimed by William Faulkner as “for me one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language.”

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The Age

The Age by Nancy Lee

Book Club Fall 2014

Facilitated by Nancy Lee, BA’94, MFA’04. Set during the final throes of the Cold War, Nancy Lee’s highly anticipated first novel, The Age, is an ambitious and prophetic meditation on the collapse of family, the price of friendship, and the human struggle to find purpose in the face of mortality.

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Kiss of the Fur Queen

Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway

Book Club Fall 2014

Facilitated by Amanda Reaume, BA(Hons)’07, MA’09 and Emily Lapper, BA’07. Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis, two young Cree brothers from Eemanipiteepitat in northern Manitoba, are taken from their family and sent to a residential school. Their language is forbidden, their names are changed to Jeremiah and Gabriel, and the boys are sexually abused by priests. However, a wily trickster figure, the Fur Queen, watches over the boys as they fulfill their destiny to become artists.

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They called me number one

They called me number one by Bev Sellars

Book Club Spring 2014

Xat’sull Chief Bev Sellars spent her childhood in a church-run residential school whose aim it was to “civilize” Native children through Christian teachings, forced separation from family and culture, and […]

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The Wars - Timothy Findley

The Wars by Timothy Findley

Book Club Spring 2014

Robert Ross is a Canadian officer caught up in the nightmare world of World War I trench warfare; a world of mud and smoke, chlorine gas and rotting corpses. In […]

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Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Facilitated by Dr. Jeffrey Severs

The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival […]

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Sweet Girl

The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon

Facilitated by Annabel Lyon

Pythias is her father’s daughter, with eyes his exact shade of unlovely, intelligent grey. A slave to his own curiosity and intellect, Aristotle has never been able to resist wit […]

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Mean Boy

Mean Boy by Lynn Coady

Facilitated by Gisele Baxter

Earnest, small-town Lawrence Campbell is fascinated by his poetry professor, the charismatic and uncompromising Jim Arsenault. Larry is determined to escape a life of thrifty drudgery and intellectual poverty working […]

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor

Facilitated by Duffy Roberts, BA’03, MA’05

Trained in France, Jeremy Papier, the young Vancouver chef, is becoming known for his unpretentious dishes that highlight fresh, local ingredients. His restaurant, The Monkey’s Paw Bistro, while struggling financially, […]

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Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Facilitated by Maureen Phillips, BA’84, MA

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they […]

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Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Facilitated by Jane Silcott, MFA’02

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure […]

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Native Seattle

Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place

Written and Facilitated by Dr. Coll Thrush

Winner of the 2008 Washington State Book Award for History/Biography In traditional scholarship, Native Americans have been conspicuously absent from urban history. Indians appear at the time of contact, are […]

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What We All Long For

What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

Facilitated by Dr. Sarah Banting

What We All Long For follows the overlapping stories of a close circle of second-generation twenty-somethings living in downtown Toronto. There’s Tuyen, a lesbian avant-garde artist and the daughter of […]

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