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Stanford Book Salon

Bookworms unite! Each month, this seriously unstuffy community of Stanford alumni, family and friends gathers online to read and discuss a different book handpicked by one of our renowned faculty hosts.

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Current Book - November 2014

  • Americanah
    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    Hosted by: Clayborne Carson

    "The scenes where Ifemelu is interacting with white Americans have a lot of humor in them, but they also have a lot of pain. She is trying to communicate, trying to be understood, trying to develop a relationship across race lines--that must be something that so many people experience."

    Clayborne Carson, professor of American history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Upcoming Books

  • February 2015

    Passing by Nella Larsen

    Hosted by: Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history

  • March 2015

    The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

    Hosted by: Zephyr Frank, associate professor of Latin American history and director of Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis and Spatial History Project

  • April 2015

    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

    Hosted by: Helen Brooks, PhD '80, senior lecturer emerita of English and the program of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies

  • May 2015

    The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen Palumbi & Anthony Palumbi

    Hosted by: Stephen Palumbi, P '06, '10, director of the Hopkins Marine Station, the Harold A. Miller Professor in Marine Sciences, the Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor of Marine Sciences and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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