Reading Book Series

New! MUSLIM JOURNEYS--available for summer 2014 reading!

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi House of Stone by Anthony Shadid Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi

New!  JOURNEY STORIES

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck On the Road by Jack Kerouac The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (selected readings suggested) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (potentially touchy material)

BOOKS THAT ENDURE: CLASSIC STUDIES OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

CANINE COMPANIONS: MEMOIRS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DOG AND MAN

Merle’s Door by Ted Kerasote Winterdance by Gary Paulsen Travels with Lizbeth by Lars Eighner

CIVIL WAR READING SERIES

March, by Geraldine Brooks Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, by James McPherson America’s War,  anthology by Ed Ayers

CLASSIC VIEWS OF AMERICAN LIFE: PULITZER-PRIZE-WINNING FICTION

House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty  The Color Purple by Alice Walker A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

COMMUNITY AND THE WESTERN LANDSCAPE

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs by Wallace Stegner Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy This House of Sky by Ivan Doig River Song by Craig Lesley Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

CRIME AND THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett Devices and Desires by P.D. James Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman

DISTANT NEIGHBORS: TWENTIETH-CENTURY MEXICAN LITERATURE

The Nine Guardians by Rosario Castellanos Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel Tula Station by David Toscana Lovesick by Angeles Mastretta Hectic Ethics by Francisco Hinojosa

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS: RELATIONSHIPS AMONG THE GENERATIONS

Ordinary Love and Good Will by Jane Smiley Bone by Fae Myenne Ng Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

FIGUREHEADS

Roscoe by William Kennedy All the Kings’ Men by Robert Penn Warren The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer Primary Colors by Anonymous

ICONS

Jane Fonda’s War by Mary Hershberger Eleanor Roosevelt, vol. 1, 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

LIVING BETWEEN FENCES

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyer

LIVING WITH THE VIOLENCE: CONFLICT AND COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURES

Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevich First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

MIRROR-MIRROR–THE AMERICAN FAMILY ON STAGE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee Buried Child by Sam Shepard Fences by August Wilson

ORDINARY LIVES: MEMOIRS OF AMERICAN WOMEN

Bronx Primitive by Kate Simon An American Childhood by Annie Dillard Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody House of Houses by Pat Mora All But the Waltz by Mary Clearman Blew Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage by Madeleine L’Engle

READ INGREDIENTS

Second Hoeing by Hope Williams Sykes Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme

RURAL IN AMERICA

The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry A Painted House by John Grisham Plainsong by Kent Haruf The Egg and I by Betty McDonald Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker

WRITING  WYOMING

Deep West: Rising from the Plains by John McPhee Close Range by Annie Proulx What You See in Clear Water by Geoff O’Gara Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch by David Romtvedt Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark Spragg

***CREATE YOUR OWN SERIES***

Mix and match four books from the list of series below to create your own series. The series must have a justifiable theme, i.e. New Mexico (Death Comes for the Archbishop, Bless Me Ultima, House of Houses, House Made of Dawn).

How book series are created:  First we fast for 6 hours, then climb to the highest peak & meditate for 15 hours – no, seriously it is not that strenuous!  Many of the book series originate in conjunction with an NEH initiative.  In the case of Muslim Journeys, WHC received a grant from NEH for Muslim Journeys and as part of that grant, a book series was created.  In this case, the books were part of a larger programming menu.  In the case of Journey Stories, WHC wanted to create a book series around the most recent Museums on Mainstreet event so we asked several humanities scholars to suggest & then recommend a series of books related to “journeys”.   That being said, we would love to hear your suggestions – fully realizing that we might not be able to immediately act upon that suggestion.  Please email suggestions/recommendations to Leslie at lcapps1@uwyo.edu.

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