In January 2009, I had an idea. I wanted to talk with my faculty colleagues more. Not just day-to-day stuff, no, I wanted to talk about ideas and concepts, as well as talk about stories and art. On March 10th 2009, the first meeting of the IL Book Discussion took place as we tackled Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Since then we have read and discussed all sorts books in lots of genres. Here are a few that pop into my head:
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Art of Changing the Brain by James Zull
- A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
- War Dances by Sherman Alexie
- The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer
- The Dude Abides by Cathleen Falsani
- What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- The Shack by William Young
Just this month we discussed a neat memoir called Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. It was about growing up during the Great Depression in a farming community in Iowa. It was a good read.
On Sept 14th, we will be discussing The Jekyl Island Club by Brent Monahan.
The neat thing is that the faculty who participate in the discussion choose the next book. Keeps it fresh!