Tag Archives: English Reading Circle at the Library

Ninth Reading for Cycle 2012-2013

Cycle: Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story June reading: “Once in a Lifetime” by Jhumpa Lahiri “Short story about an Indian family who comes from Bombay to stay with another Indian family in Massachusetts; the … Continue reading

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Eighth Reading for Cycle 2012-2013

Cycle: Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story May reading: “Alone” by Yiyun Li “Short story about a woman who meets an older man at a ski resort and tells him about a childhood tragedy in … Continue reading

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Seventh Reading for Cycle 2012-2013

Cycle: Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story April reading: “Nawabdin Electrician” by Daniyal Mueenuddin “Short story about an electrician named Nawabdin in the Pakistani desert. He flourished on a signature ability: a technique for cheating … Continue reading

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“The Five Wounds,” by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade is very young by publishing industry standards, but has nevertheless begun to find her place on the literary scene. This month’s story, “The Five Wounds,” appeared originally in The New Yorker, and another story of hers has … Continue reading

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Sixth Reading for Cycle 2012-2013

Cycle: Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story March reading: “The Five Wounds” by Kirstin Valdez Quade  “Short story about a man who plays Jesus in a passion play and his relationship with his pregnant teen-age … Continue reading

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“Reading Lessons,” by Edwidge Danticat

It seems contrary to our generally chronological logic to begin a discussion of this month’s short story, Edwidge Danticat’s “Reading Lessons”, by talking about its ending, but I’d like to try anyway. Much (but not all) of the narrative tension … Continue reading

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Fifth Reading for Cycle 2012-2013

Cycle: Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story February reading: “Reading Lessons” by Edwidge Danticat “A Haitian immigrant elementary school teacher, a resident of Miami’s Little Haiti, is asked by her boss – and lover, “Principal … Continue reading

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“The Noble Truths of Suffering,” by Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon’s short story, “The Noble Truths of Suffering,” will give us plenty to discuss at this month’s meeting of our Reading Circle. Originally published in 2008, and subsequently included in Hemon’s short story collection entitled Love and Obstacles in … Continue reading

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Fourth Reading for Cycle 2012-2013

Cycle: Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story January reading: “The Noble Truths of Suffering” by Aleksandar Hemon “Short story about a Bosnian man’s encounter with a famous American novelist in Sarajevo. The American Ambassador’s house … Continue reading

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“Luda and Milena”, by Lara Vapnyar

Our reading for December, Lara Vapnyar’s “Luda and Milena”, is formally, linguistically and thematically simpler than the previous two we have discussed, yet it is an extraordinary short story that should not be dismissed on the basis of its simplicity. … Continue reading

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