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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. The final book selection for Spring 2015 will be chosen soon.

 Date  Selected Readings  Author  Location  Time
Tuesday, November 4th New Slow City: Living Simply in the Planet's Fastest City

Willima Powers (will be present)

Kirby Student Center 268, UMD 7:00pm
February 2015 Ma's Dictionary Milan Kovacovic (will be present) TBA 7:00pm

Past Reading Group Selections


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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