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Book Reads and Self-Reflections

Available: August 22 - November 30, 2017

Interested participants may choose any or all of the following books to read and answer self-reflection questions. Participants will earn 0.30 CEU credits toward the Cultural Competency Certificate (C3) for each book and self-reflection form completed. Only the books on this list are available for credit.

Pre-registration are required for these events. Register for these events via WebAdvisor.  If you encounter a problem with registering for these events on WebAdvisor, please contact MMII at 586-498-4031.

After registration, participants will read the selected book, then print and complete the book’s self-reflection questions. Participants must provide complete and thoughtful responses to each question in order to obtain credit.

Return completed answers by November 30, 2017 to: Dr. Cassandra Spieles, South Campus J-360-3 or Center Campus C 164 during normal business hours.

For questions, please contact the MMII office at: 586-498-4031

Sponsored by the Macomb Multicultural International Initiatives (MMII).

Fall 2017 Books

Israel: An Echo of Eternity

Look Homeward, Angel (Parts 1 & 2) by Thomas Wolfe

The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is “a book made out of my life,” and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today’s most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 53467

Look Homeward, Angel (Parts 1 & 2) Self-Reflection Questions


Look Homeward, Angel (Part 3) by Thomas Wolfe

The spectacular, history-making first novel about a young man’s coming of age by literary legend Thomas Wolfe, first published in 1929 and long considered a classic of twentieth century literature.
Thomas Wolfe, first published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man’s burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 53468

Look Homeward, Angel (Part 3) Self-Reflection Questions

The Remains of the Day Self-Reflection Questions

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members – including Addie herself – as well as others, the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true 20th-century classic.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 53469

As I Lay Dying Self-Reflection Questions

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiThe Moviegoer by Walker Percy

The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the “treasurable moments” absent from his real life. But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a harebrained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 53471

The Moviegoer Self-Reflection Questions

The Woman in the Dunes

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

The optimist in question is 71-year-old Judge Mckelva, who has com to a New Orleans hospital from Mount Salus, Mississippi, complaining of a “disturbance” in his vision. To his daughter, Laurel, it’s as rare for him to admit “self-concern” as it is for him to be sick, and she immediately flies down from Chicago to be by his side. The subsequent operation on the judge’s eye goes well, but the recovery does not.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 53472

The Optimist’s Daughter Self-Reflection Questions