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About the Book Club

Book Club at HPU Libraries welcomes the entire HPU communitystudents, faculty, and staffto participate. Twice a semester (and once during the summer semester) we meet to discuss our latest text. All book selections are available as freely accessible eBooks in HPU Libraries' collection. Book selections span a range of genres, subjects, and formats, but will uniformly provide platforms for consciousness raising. The book club aims to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion among the HPU community.

Book Club at HPU Libraries is predicated on the idea that reading, whether fiction or nonfiction, is a constructive process that better equips readers to practice creative and critical thinking in all areas of academia, and is furthermore meaningful in its own right. It is part of HPU Libraries' initiative to create a space for readers to connect with one another, exchange interpretations and ideas, and build richer insights into texts, and both our shared and divergent experiences.

The book club began in the spring 2020 semester. Join us for a good read and virtual discussion.


Our Next Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Zoom link coming soon

Vote on our next book HERE

The theme of these three selections is "novels in translation."


Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth

2019 | 243 pages

Celestial Bodies is the multigenerational saga of three sisters and their respective families, whose lives unspool against a backdrop of a rapidly evolving Oman. This is the first book by an Omani woman to be translated into English, and the first novel originally written in Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize.






The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney

2015 | 195 pages

The Story of My Teeth chronicles the life of Gustavo “Highway” Sánchez Sánchez, a celebrated Mexico City auctioneer, whose most precious possessions are the teeth of the “notorious infamous,” like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. It was named a best book of 2015 by the New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, and more.






My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

2020 | 251 pages

My Brilliant Friend revolves around the complicated and intense lifelong friendship between Elena and Lila. It begins in a poor but vibrant Naples neighborhood in the 1950s, and unwinds amidst Italy’s social movements and intricate political history. This is the first in the series of Ferrante’s four Neapolitan Novels, now a popular HBO series.


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