Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell, February 28, 4:30pm, 2110 Taliaferro Hall
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, April 25, 4:30pm, 2110 Taliaferro Hall
The two books for Spring 2018 focused on a diverse range of immigrant experiences. In February, we followed three generations of the Kracha family as they made their way from Hungary to America, witnessing their ups and downs as they pursued the "American Dream." And in April, we read Thanhha Lai's story of a young girl and her family who moved to Alabama to escape the Vietnam War.
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez
The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The three books for Fall 2017 focused on a diverse range of immigrant experiences. In September, we met Chino, an artist and son of an Ecuadorian father and Puerto Rican mother living in East Harlem, as he used his abilities to improve his socioeconomic situation. In October, we read Mario Puzo's semi-biographical novel, inspired by his own mother, that follows Lucia Santa and her journey guiding her immigrant family through the Great Depression and World War II in New York City. Finally, in November we read Thanhha Lai's story of a young girl and her family who moved to Alabama to escape the Vietnam War.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Thursday, April 6
My Antonia tells the story of two migrants, an orphaned boy from Virginia and a daughter of Bohemiam immigrants, who come to Nebraska as pioneers in the late nineteenth century. My Antonia was first published in 1918 as part of Cather's trilogy of novels about life in the American West, and is widely regarded as Cather's masterpiece.
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
Thursday, May 11
Bread Givers, written in 1925 by Jewish-American autor Anzia Yezierska, tells the coming-of-age story of a young, Polish-American Orthodox Jewish girl growing up in the Lower East Side in the 1920s. The protagonist and narrator, Sara Smolinsky, lives with her immigrant parents and three sisters in a tenament and faces struggles related to destitution and familial conflict. The novel follows Sara's journey in pursuing her education and her complicated identity as Jewish and as a second-generation immigrant.