Book Group Books

Life’s Work: Reflections on Vocation

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cover of A Primate's Memoir: a neuroscientist’s unconventional life among the baboons
cover of Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism
Blue Blood - Edward Conlon
Harvard grad follows the family tradition in NYPD
Complications: a surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science - Atul Gawande
The power and limits of medicine
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a long-distance swimmer - Lynne Cox
Undaunted by the harshest conditions, pressing on to new challenges.
A Primate's Memoir: a neuroscientist’s unconventional life among the baboons - Robert M. Sapolsky
The wilds of Kenya and the wilds of the human mind--instructive and very funny.
Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism - Temple Grandin
Grandin applies the scientific method to managing and understanding her own life.

Life on the land

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O Pioneers - Willa Cather
Immigrant struggles and triumphs on the prairie
Midwives - Chris Bohjalian
A woman’s work in a country setting comes under scrutiny
Wish You Well - David Baldacci
A 12-year-old girl moves from New York City to Appalachia in 1940
In the Fall - Jeffrey Lent
A New Hampshire family from the Civil War to the Great Depression
StringToo Short to be Saved - Donald Hall
A future poet grows up on his grandparents’ NH farm
Summer - Edith Wharton
A young woman seeks romance in rural New England

School Days

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
How wonderful, how dangerous our teachers can be!
Old School - Tobias Wolff
At a prep school in 1960 a literary competition changes lives
The Finishing School - Gail Godwin
The inspiration of a mentor, and the cost of adulthood for a 14-year-old..
The Road from Coorain - Jill Ker Conway
Education--from an Australian sheep ranch to Sydney and beyond.

Explore! Expeditions in Novels

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Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
How much has changed since this classic was published in 1899?
Voyage of the Narwhal - Angela Barrett
Arctic exploration and the lives of those left at home
The Darwin Conspiracy - John Darnton
How does new information-- and personal ambition change science?
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
The Heart of Darkness from the Nigerian point of view. Another classic

Travel with Dagger Award Winners

The murder of the maharajah - H.R.F. Keating
1930s India, the British raj and pranks gone awry.
Two for the lions - Lindsey Davis
Vespasian’s Rome and Africa, gladiators and a murdered lion.
Small boat of Great Sorrows - Dan Fesperman
War crimes in Sarajevo and ex-Nazis drag Petric all over Europe

All-American: Our Clash of Cultures

Indian Killer - Sherman Alexie
Serial murders and the intersection of Native American and modern American cultures.
When the Emperor was Divine - Julie Otsuka
A novel dealing with Japanese- American internment in World War II
Lipstick Jihad: a memoir of growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran - Azadeh Moaveni
Two cultures, one identity?
A Hope in the Unseen: an American odyssey from the inner city to the Ivy League - Ron Suskind
Can ambition and determination overcome all the odds before, during, and after acceptance to Brown?
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong girl, her American doctors & the collision of two cultures - Anne Fadiman
How can good intentions and caring on all sides lead to tragic misunderstanding?