Black History Month 2016: Local History, Sports History

In celebration of Black History Month, St. Thomas University has organized some great events in the University Library. We have also curated a selection of books and films—“The Black Experience in American History”—on display now in the Library Atrium. Here’s what to look for in February:

“The Black Miami”

BHM-BlackMiami4The Black Miami: Film Screening and Panel Discussion will take place on February 17, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Hosted by St. Thomas University Library, the Center for Community Engagement and the Department of Student Affairs, the event will include a screening of The Black Miami documentary, produced by Carlton Smith, Michael Williams, and Dr. Marvin Dunn, based on the 1997 book Black Miami in the Twentieth Century by Dr. Dunn. The documentary features interviews with Dr. Dunn as its chronicles the importance and significance that Blacks have played in the history of Miami.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion led by moderator Lutze B. Segu, Program Director for MCCJ, an organization whose mission is to advance understanding and respect among all cultures, religions, and races. The featured panelists are Dr. Marvin Dunn, Prof. Arthur Holmes, Sr., and Lashura Batten. Dr. Dunn is a renowned historian, author, documentary film producer, and lecturer. Prof. Arthur Holmes, Sr., is an instructor in the School of Professional Studies at St. Thomas University and program coordinator and director for the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services program. Lashura Batten is Program Coordinator of Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful in the Public Works Department of the City of Miami Gardens, and a St. Thomas University alumnus. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Light refreshments will be served.

History of African American Sports Series

BHM-SportSeries3The next event will be The History of African American Sports, a two-day event series. The first event will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., titled Althea Gibson: Trailblazer and Tennis Legend and a PBS Film Screening, with an Introduction by Coach Bruce Carrington. On the very next day, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a discussion on The History & Significance of African Americans in Sports, featuring St. Thomas University’s Head Tennis Coach Bruce Carrington, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Gayle, and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Albrey Grimsley. Hosted by St. Thomas University Library and the Department of Student Affairs, these events will be held in the Library Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.

Books and Films

Feel free to check out our Black History Month book display in the Library Atrium filled with awesome historic books, including books authored by Dr. Dunn and a shelf on African Americans in sports. Of course there’s not enough room for all of them so don’t forget to check out our full collection of Black History Month books and films. Also, follow us on Pinterest and scroll through our Black History Month pin board for interesting facts, posts, and activities.

For information contact Nina Rose, Assistant Library Administrator and Outreach Librarian, 305-628-6665, nrose@stu.edu

Take a Pic and Watch a Flick–It’s Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week at St. Thomas University Library and at libraries, bookstores, universities, comic book stores, and everywhere there’s a book to be challenged or defended across the nation.

Take your pick and take a pic!

Stop by the Information Table in the Library Atrium on September 22, 2014, to have your picture taken with your favorite banned book! We’ll have a cartload full of challenged books to choose from. We would like you to post your photo on social media with the hashtags ‪#‎HaveYouSeenUs and ‪#‎STULibrary or Tweet it @STULibrary with #HaveYouSeenUs. We’re giving away free Banned Books Week buttons to the first five who post! Claim your button at the Information Table.

Have you seen us?

Why “Have You Seen Us?” Banned books are challenged for removal from bookshelves, curricula, and classrooms across the nation and could go missing if libraries, schools, students, or anyone who cares about the freedom to read doesn’t defend them. Raise awareness of this issue by telling (and showing) your friends that you read banned books! To see a list of banned or challenged books (and movie adaptations of them) that are in the Library’s collection, we’ve created a WorldCat list for you. If you have the 3M Cloud Library app downloaded to your mobile device, we’ve created a bookshelf of banned ebooks that you can check out and read on the go!

To learn more about book banning, check out the literature at our Information Table on September 22, 2014. You can also search the Library catalog for the keyword “censorship” and check out the videos on our YouTube Banned Books Week playlist.

Graphic novels and comicsWhatInThe Blazes

For 2014, the Banned Books Week celebration will spotlight graphic novels and comics, both frequently challenged genres. Our Outreach Librarian has put together a book display of challenged graphic novels, with QR Codes that link to case studies prepared by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund describing why the particular book has been challenged. Books in our display are also featured on our Banned Books Week 2014 Pinterest board, along with some other great pins. We’ve also hand-picked a graphic memoir that has been made into an animated film to show you during Banned Books Week—Persepolis!

Persepolis film screening & intro with Law Prof. Lenora Ledwon

We’re going to have a special screening of Persepolis in the Library Atrium on Tues., Sept. 23, at 11am. We’ve also asked STU Law Professor Lenora Ledwon, who teaches Law & Literature, to discuss the legal and historical context of Persepolis before we show the film.

Persepolis is a graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi about growing up in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s. A young girl when the Shah was defeated in the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Marjane becomes dangerously outspoken as an adolescent when she witnesses injustices meted out under the repressive Islamic fundamentalist rule. For her safety she is sent by her parents to a school in Vienna, but through a series of conflicts and losses she becomes depressed and homeless. She returns to Iran, her rebellious spirit rattling the repressive and sexist chains of an Iran she must again flee.

The book was widely lauded by Time Magazine and the New York Times when it was translated into English in 2003. It was made into an animated film in 2007, was the Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature that year, and won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, among other awards.

The graphic memoir went unchallenged until last year, when Chicago Public Schools administrators pulled the book from 7th grade classrooms and temporarily suspended it from use in grades 8 to 10. The purported reason: its depiction of Islamic torture techniques.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Library Atrium this week!

Beyond the Border: Resources on US-Mexico Labor and Immigration Issues and the Current Child Refugee Crisis

fronteraOriginal
frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

We have some great events coming up for Hispanic Heritage Month this Fall, including a trio of speaking events and two exhibits related to historic US-Mexico labor and immigration issues and the current unaccompanied minors crisis. The Library has created a list of resources to help you learn more about issues that will be chronicled and discussed as part of these events:

  • Border Studies Photo & Map Exhibit, Produced by Texas Humanities. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
  • Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Poster Exhibit, Produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with SITES, with support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
  • Law Prof. Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez: Who were the Braceros? What was Operation: Wetback? How Mid-Twentieth-Century Immigration and Labor Law and Policy Shape Today’s Child Refugee Crisis. September 16, 2014, 11 am, University Library Atrium
  • Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program Film Screening and Discussion with Law Prof. Lauren Gilbert. September 24, 2014, 11am, University Library Atrium
  • Children Crossing: A Panel Discussion on the Child Refugee Crisis. September 29, 2014, 11 am, Convocation Hall

On the Library’s catalog on WorldCat, we created a list of Hispanic Heritage Month items in the Library’s collection. Many of those resources are listed below, along with several others resources freely available on the Web. We also have a book display in the University Library Atrium with many of the titles below. Resources are arranged by subject.

U.S.-Mexico Border

frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title search for the keywords Mexican border.

Fregoso, Rosa Linda. MeXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands. University of California Press, 2003. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010.

Mexican-American Civil Rights

A Class Apart. 2009. Available from Films on Demand. 

Olivas, Michael A., ed. In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Intellectuals. Arte Público Press, 2012.

Rosales, F. Arturo. Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Arte Público Press, 1997.

Historical Perspectives

Martínez, Elizabeth “Betita.” 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History | Años de la Mujer Chicana bilingual ed. Rutgers UP, 2010.

McWilliams, Carey. North from Mexico: The Spanish-Speaking People of the United States. Greenwood, 1990.

Tywoniak, Frances Esquibel, and Mario T. Garcia. Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican-American Woman. University of California Press, 2000. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

The Bracero ProgramProfGilbertHarvestLonelinessPoster

Calavita, Kitty. Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the I.N.S. Routledge, 2010.

Center for History and New Media. Bracero History Archive. 2014. Available at http://braceroarchive.org/about. Note that this online archive was developed to accompany the Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program poster exhibit currently on display in the University Library Atrium.

Cohen, Debra. Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Galarza, Ernesto. Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story. Rosicrucian Press, 1964.

Gilbert, Lauren. “Fields of Hope, Fields of Despair: Legisprudential and Historic Perspectives on the AgJobs Bill of 2003.” Harvard Journal on Legislation 42 (2005). Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1446888

National Museum of American History. Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942 – 1964 (Online Exhibition). Available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/bittersweet-harvest-bracero-program-1942-1964

Migrant Agricultural LaborAgWorkersPD

Gamboa, Erasmo, and Kevin Allen Leonard. Mexican Labor & World War II. Columbia Classics, 2000.

González, Gilbert G., and Vivian Price, co-dirs., Adrian Salinas, ed., and Xochitl Gonzalez, asst. ed. Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program. Available from Films on Demand.

González, Marc-Tizoc. “Critical Ethnic Legal Histories: Unearthing the Interracial Justice of Filipino Agricultural Labor Organizing.” University of California Irvine Law Review 3 (2013). Available at http://www.law.uci.edu/lawreview/vol3/no4/Gonzalez.pdf

​Jenkins, Craig J. The Politics of Insurgency: The Farm Worker Movement in the 1960s. Columbia UP, 1985. Available at St. Thomas University Law Library.

Mize, Ronald L., and Alicia C.S. Swords. Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA. University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Moyers & Company. Fighting for Farmworkers. 2013. Available on Films on Demand.

Rothenberg, Daniel, and Robert Coles. With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. University of California Press, 2000.

Valdés, Dionicio Nodín. Organized Agriculture and the Labor Movement Before the UFW: Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i, California. University of Texas Press, 2011.

Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables (Parts 1 and 2). ca. 1960s. Available on Films on Demand.

César Chávez

Bruns, Roger A. César Chávez and the United Farm Workers Movement. Greenwood, 2011. Available from EBL eBook Library, http://stulibrary.worldcat.org/oclc/730945932

Chávez, César, Richard J. Jensen, and John C. Hammerback. The Words of César Chávez. Texas A & M UP, 2002. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Luna, Diego, Lawrence Meli, and Keir Pearson. César Chávez. Lions Gate Films, 2014. DVD.

Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables ca. 1960s (Parts 1 and 2). Available on Films on Demand. 

Photography/Oral Histories

Bacon, David. Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration. Cornell UP, 2006.

ImmigrationProfGonzalezPoster

Bender, Steven W. Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings. New York UP, 2012.

Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title or segment search for the keyword immigration.

Gilbert, Lauren. “Deportation Cases and Legislation.” Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law & Social Movements (February 17, 2012). Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2007306

Gilbert, Lauren. “Obama’s Ruby Slippers: Enforcement Discretion in the Absence of Immigration Reform,” West Virginia Law Review 116 (2013). Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2238741

Henderson, Timothy J. Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Hing, Bill Ong. Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration. Temple UP, 2010. 

Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Mark Hugo Lopez. “5 Facts About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.” FactTank, Pew Research Center (August 15, 2014). Available at http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/08/15/5-facts-about-the-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-program/

Massey, Douglas S., Jorge Durand, and Nolan J. Malone. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Migration in an Era of Economic Integration. Russell Sage Foundation, 2003.

National Immigration Forum. Available at http://www.immigrationforum.org/about

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey. Random House, 2006. Available through SEFLIN.

Ngai, Mae M. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton UP, 2014. Available from EBL eBook Library.

Oboler, Suzanne, ed. Latinos and Citizenship: The Dilemma of Belonging. Palgrave, 2006.

Rivas, Jorge. “The Untold History of Unaccompanied Minors.” Fusion.net (August 11, 2014). Video. Available at http://fusion.net/justice/story/telling-untold-history-unaccompanied-minors-917476

Vastine, Michael. “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Reconsidering Indeterminate and Indefinite Detention as Tools in U.S. Immigration Policy.” Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 5 (2010).

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis

American Immigration Lawyers Association. YouTube Channel. Available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5Kl7gHJdchQVBJO9bqiPA

Byrne, Olga, and Elise Miller. The Flow of Unaccompanied Children Through the Immigration System: A Resource for Practitioners, Policy Makers, and Researchers. New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2012. Available at http://www.vera.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/the-flow-of-unaccompanied-children-through-the-immigration-system.pdf

Catholic Relief Services. Unaccompanied Minors: Help Youth Thrive In Their Communities. YouTube.com (September 10, 2014). Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuX7fMsgLQ4

Chan, Christine, and Wen Foo. “The U.S. Border Crisis.” Reuters Graphics (August 21, 2014). Available at http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/immigration/index.html

Chen, Annie. “An Urgent Need: Unaccompanied Children and Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings.” ABA Section of Litigation: Children’s Rights Litigation (July 14, 2014). Available at http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/childrights/content/articles/summer2014-0714-urgent-need-unaccompanied-children-access-counsel-immigration-proceedings.html

Greenblat, Alan. “What’s Causing the Latest Immigration Crisis: A Brief Explainer.” NPR (July 9, 2014). Available at http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/329848538/whats-causing-the-latest-immigration-crisis-a-brief-explainer

Johnson, Jeh C. “An Open Letter to the Parents of Children Crossing Our Southwest Border.” DHS.gov (June 23, 2014). Available at http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/06/23/open-letter-parents-children-crossing-our-southwest-border

Johnson, Jeh C. “Statement by Secretary Johnson About the Situation Along the Southwest Border.” DHS.gov (September 8, 2014). Available at http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/09/08/statement-secretary-johnson-about-situation-along-southwest-border

Jorge Ramos/Fusion. “Edge of a Crisis: An America Special.” Jorge Ramos.com (July 2014). Available at http://jorgeramos.com/en/edge-of-a-crisis-an-america-special/

ChildrenCrossingwithProgram

Kandel, William A., Andorra Bruno, Peter J. Meyer, Clare Ribando Seelke, Maureen Taft-Morales, and Ruth Ellen Wasem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: Potential Factors Contributing to Recent Immigration. Congressional Research Service (July 3, 2014). Available at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43628.pdf

Kay, Julie. “Miami Immigration Court Adopts ‘Rocket Docket’ to Handle Unaccompanied Minor Cases.” DailyBusinessReview.com (August 4, 2014). Available at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202665758127/Miami-Immigration-Court-Adopts-Rocket-Docket-to-Handle-Unaccompanied-Minor-Cases?slreturn=20140814211253

Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Gonzalez-Barrera, Ana. “Number of Latino Children Caught Trying to Enter U.S. Nearly Doubles in Less than a Year.” FactTank, Pew Research Center (June 10, 2014). Available at http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/06/10/number-of-latino-children-caught-trying-to-enter-u-s-nearly-doubles-in-less-than-a-year/

Nakamura, David, and Ed O’Keefe. “Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Immigration Reform.” Washington Post (June 26, 2014). Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/06/26/timeline-the-rise-and-fall-of-immigration-reform/

National Immigration Forum. August Policy Update (August 25, 2014). Available at http://immigrationforum.org/blog/display/http-immigrationforum.org-images-uploads-2014-Policy_Update_August.pdf

National Immigration Law Center. “Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Life-Threatening Deportation Process Used Against Mothers and Children Escaping Extreme Violence in Central America” [Press release] (August 22, 2014). Available at http://www.nilc.org/nr082214.html

New York Times Editorial Board. “America’s Test at the Border” (Opinion Pages). NYTimes.com (July 20, 2014). Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/opinion/Americas-Test-Children-at-the-Border.html

New York Times Editorial Board. “Deported from the Middle of Nowhere: At an Immigrant Detention Center, Due Process Denied” (Opinion Pages). NYTimes.com (August 25, 2014). Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/opinion/at-an-immigrant-detention-center-due-process-denied.html?_r=0

Rappleye, Hannah. “Undocumented and Unaccompanied: Facts, Figures on Children at the Border.” NBC News (July 9, 2014). Available at http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/undocumented-unaccompanied-facts-figures-children-border-n152221

Seghetti, Lisa, Alison Siskin, and Ruth Ellen Bassem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview. Congressional Research Service (July 28, 2014). Available at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43599.pdf

Spodak, Cassie, Jim Acosta, and Ralph Ellis. “Obama: Waiting Will Make Immigration Executive Action ‘More Sustainable.’ ” CNN.com (September 7, 2014). Available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/06/politics/obama-immigration/

TRAC, Syracuse University. “New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court.” TRAC Immigration. Available at http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/359/

US Customs and Border Protection. Stats and Summaries: Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children. Available at http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/southwest-border-unaccompanied-children

White House Office of the Press Secretary. Presidential Memorandum — FY 2015 Refugee Admissions (September 15, 2014). Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/30/presidential-memorandum-fy-2015-refugee-admissions

Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum Protection

Anker, Deborah, Lauren Gilbert, and Nancy Kelly. “Women Whose Governments are Unable or Unwilling to Provide Reasonable Protection from Domestic Violence May Qualify as Refugees Under United States Asylum Law.” Georgetown Immigration Law Review 11, no. 709 (1997). Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1446937

Carcamo, Cindy. “Domestic Violence Ruling May Help Thousands of Immigrants Get Asylum,” LA Times (September 5, 2014). Available at http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ff-immig-domestic-20140906-story.html

Check out some great reads

On campus? Stop by the library and check out our latest selection of Fiction and Non-Fiction titles on display in the atrium.

Check out these books and more!

Check out recommended summer reads

Summer of 2011: Hot Summer Reads

Our “Top 10”

  1. Bacigalupi, Paolo. (2009). The Windup Girl. San Francisco, CA: Night Shade Books. (Winner of the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel and Winner of the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel)

Set in a future when calories have become currency and bio-terrorism and genetic modification have robbed the world of its biodiversity, The Windup Girl follows the story of Emiko, a genetically modified member of the “new people,” who is not considered human in a future where extinction is the norm.  Emiko becomes entwined with Anderson Lake, a company man from AgriGen, who is seeking access to Thailand’s sandbank, and the struggle between greed, survival, and an unknown future.

  1. Coehlo, Paulo. (1993). The Alchemist. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco.

In this moving fable, Santiago, a young Spanish shepherd,  travels from Spain to Egypt in search of his disnity.  Coehlo’s modern classical launched him as a strong voice in Brazilizan literature who selling over 160 million copies of his books in 160 countries around the world.

  1. Collins, Suzanne. (2008). The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic.

The world as we know it is over. The Capitol is in control and the Hunger Games are on. Every year, the Capitol selects on boy and one girl from Panem to compete in a televised event—the prize… survival. Follow Katniss as she competes to stay alive and win the sympathy of game viewers. This is extreme reality TV.

  1. Collins, Wilkie. (2005). [1860]. The Woman in White. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics

One of the great mystery thrillers of all time, The Woman in White is also among the first mystery novels ever published.  Hired as drawing master for the privileged Miss Laura Fairlie of Limmeridge House and her half-sister, Miss Marian Halcombe, Walter Hartright prepares to journey to the English countryside when he encounters a frightening vision—a woman all in white who speaks of terrible things. Filled with mystery, deceit, and madness, this classic Victorian thriller will keep you guessing as you try to figure out who’s telling the truth and who’s trying to get away with murder.

  1. Jamison, C., & Jamison, B. (2008). Around the World in 80 Dinner. New York, NY: Harper.

A travelogue to delight the senses and the palate. Join the Jamisons as they journey around the globe on a three month tour to experience the best dishes the culinary world has to offer. Part narrative, travel guide, and cookbook, this work will be sure to delight anyone with a passion for food and a bit of wanderlust.

  1. Falcones, Ildefonso. (2006). Cathedral of the Sea. New York, NY: Dutton.  (Winner of the Euskadi de Plata 2006 for the best novel in Spanish)

Fleeing the medieval feudal system, Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona and begins working hauling stone for Santa Maria de la Mar while his adopted brother studies to become a Priest.  Arnau prospers and falls in love with a forbidden woman.  He faces the Inquisition and his brother in this sweeping epic of love, war, betrayal, and friendship.

  1. Follett, Ken. (2010). Fall of Giants. New York, NY: Dutton.

This powerful 20th Century historical fiction novel brings characters from Russia, Wales, England, the U.S., and Germany together as they face the Russian Revolution, the First World War, and the struggle for women’s suffrage, a period spanning from 1911 until 1923.  Rich, complex, and full of historical detail and drama.

  1. Mandela, Nelson. (2010). Conversations with Myself. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Learn about the private Nelson Mandela through this series of letters, notes, transcribed conversations with friends, and journal entries.  After a lifetime of writing, Mandela opens his personal archive and gives readers a rare chance to engage the man.  “…the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself…” (Letter to Winnie Mandela from Kroonstad Prison, February 1, 1975.).

  1. Pirandello, L. (1998). [1921]. Six Characters in Search of an Author. New York: Signet Classics.

First performed in 1921, this Italian tragicomedy follows the story of six characters looking for someone to write their stories. Interrupting an acting company’s dress rehearsal, the six characters demand to have their stories written and begin to tell their tales. Agreeing to the scheme, the Director indulges the Characters and invites the actors to play the parts set by them.

  1. Tsukiyama, Gail. (1994). The Samurai’s Garden. New York, NY: St. Martin’s.

Traveling to Japan to convalesce after an attack of tuberculosis, Chinese-born Stephen is caught between two worlds when the Japanese invade his homeland. Homesick, Stephen must learn to move beyond his narrow worldview and experience life. Culture, friendship, and love are explored in this moving coming-of-age novel.

Summer Reading Honorable Mentions

Allende, Isabel. (1991). The House of the Spirits. New York, NY: Knopf.

Andrews, Coleman. (2009). The Country Cooking of Ireland. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.

Borges, J. L. (1962)  Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. New York: Modern Library.

Carey, M. (2006). The Devil You Know. New York, NY: Grand Central.

Cela, C. J. (1992). La Colmena. Alianza.

Chilton, G. (2009). The Curse of the Labrador Duck: My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Choi, Annie. (2007). Happy Birthday or Whatever: Track Suits, Kim Chee, and Other Family Disasters. New York, NY: Harper.

Egan, J. (2011). A Visit from the Goon Squad. New York: Anchor.

Ellison, Ralph. (1995). Invisible Man. New York, NY: Vintage.

Gaiman, Neil. (2008). The Graveyard Book. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Giordano, Paolo. (2010). The Solitude of Prime Numbers. New York, NY: Viking.

Grant, J. (2010). Come, Thou Tortoise. Trebinshun House, England: Old Street Publishing Limited.

Green, Simon (2007). The Man with the Golden Torc. New York: Roc Book.

Harding, P. (2009). Tinkers. New York, New York: Bellvue.

Hawking, S., & Mlodinow, L. (2010) .The Grand Design. New York: Bantam.

Marable, Manning. (2011). Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. New York: Viking.

Mieville, C. (2009). The City & The City. New York: Ballantine.

Mistral, G. (1976). Lecturas Para Mujeres. Mexico: Editorial Porrua.

Mukherjee, S. (2010). The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. New York, NY: Scribner.

Perez Galdos, B. (1968). Fortunata y Jacinta. Madrid: Librería y Casa Editorial Hernando.

Vargas Llosa, M. (2010). El Sueno del Celta. Doral, FL: Santillana. (By the Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature)

Weinberger, E. (Ed.) (1990). The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957-1987. New York, NY: New Directions Books.