It's a book club, but better.

On the heels of The Education Edition, I've spent a good deal of time thinking about my school experience. Amongst my favorite parts of school was reading in a group and so, learning about the priorities and perceptions of my reading cohort (classmates, mostly), and amongst the most useful, most painful parts was learning how narrow, warped or just wrong our own priorities and perceptions were/are. I'm not in school anymore, so I need a new forum for these discoveries. This is for those who feel a similar lack.



On Beauty & Zadie Smith's "On Beauty"

As part of the upcoming Beauty Edition, we'll be reading On Beauty (apt!). Join us in reading and discussing beauty and the text itself.

Choose to read along with us, and we'll send you a book and weekly reading guide to your inbox. We start reading Tuesday, May 8th, and will gather over the internet (and in San Francisco, if you happen to live here) on Sunday, June 24th at 5 PM PST to discuss the book via Zoom. Read the book, read the updates/study questions, &/or come for the conversation. It's all good - I can promise you'll be glad to give whatever time you have to Zadie Smith, her writing & thinking.

Here's what Amazon has to say about the work that garnered her The Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006:

On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars-on both sides of the Atlantic-serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political. Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny, this tour de force confirms Zadie Smith's reputation as a major literary talent.

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March 2018, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Part of The Appropriation Edition.

"Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed... [It] is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and about the ways in which love can complicate them all."