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Alworth Institute Reading Group

Alworth Institute Reading Group

This book group will meet three to four times during an academic year (September - May). New members are welcome at any time.  For more information, call (218) 726-7493 or send an e-mail to Books purchased at UMD Stores will receive a 20% discount.

2014-2015 Selections

NOTE: The book, Ma's Dictionary, can be purchased at a discount directly from the Alworth Institute.

 Date  Selected Readings  Author  Location  Time
Monday, March 9th Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

Roxana Saberi (will not be present)

Kirby Student Center 355-57, UMD 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 14th (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED) Load Poems Like Guns Farzana Marie (will not be present) Kirby Student Center 355-57 7:00pm
Thursday, April 30th Ma's Dictionary Dr. Milan Kovacovic (will be present) Kirby Student Center 355-57 7:00pm

Past Reading Group Selections


New Slow City: Living Simply in the Planet's Fastest City by William Powers


A Constellation of Vital Phenomenaby Anthony Mara

The Greek House: The Story of a Painter's Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos, by Christian Brechneff and Tim Lovejoy

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Vandana Shiva

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Julie OrringerMichael Paterniti


The Healing of America by T.R. Reid

My Turkish Missile Crisis by Joseph Maiolo

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer


Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf 2005)

Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee (Beast Books 2011)

The Wall Jumper by Peter Schnieder (University of Chicago Press 1983)

After the Wall by Jana Hensel (Public Affairs 2004)


Pearl of China, by Anchee Min (Bloomsbury 2010)

Happy Families, by Carlos Fuentes (Random House 2009)

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (St. Martn's Griffin 2008)


The Geography of Bliss, by Erick Weiner (Grand Central Publishing 2008)

Winter in Madrid, by C.J. Sansom (Penguin 2009)

My Hope for Peace by Jehan Sadat (Simon & Schuster 2009)


Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Random House 2003) and Scribbling the Cat (Penguin 2004) by Alexandra Fuller

The Wormdigger's Daughter by John Farrell (Mercier Press 2008)

Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi (Random House 2007)

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