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Book Reads and Self-Reflections

Available: January 7 - April 30, 2019

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, 2018 to: Dr. Cassandra Swiderski, 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).

Winter 2019 Book Reads


Israel: An Echo of Eternity

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, The Awakening centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics.

Note: Audio book version of material for this event is available at either Library circulation desk for visually impaired participants.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 70592

The Awakening Self-Reflection Questions


Kitchen

Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje


Bringing to life the fabulous, colorful panorama of New Orleans in the first flush of the jazz era, this book tells the story of Buddy Bolden, the first of the first great trumpet players – some say the originator of jazz – who was, in any case, the genius, the guiding spirit, and the king of that time and place.

Note: Audio book version of material for this event is available at either Library circulation desk for visually impaired participants.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 70588

Coming Through Slaughter Self-Reflection Questions


The Remains of the Day Self-Reflection Questions

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm, he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

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Note: Audio book version of material for this event is available at either Library circulation desk for visually impaired participants.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 70595

Zeitoun 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.

Note: Audio book version of material for this event is available at either Library circulation desk for visually impaired participants.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 70593

The Moviegoer Self-Reflection Questions


The Woman in the Dunes

The World That Made New Orleans by Ned Sublette

Offering a new perspective on the unique cultural influences of New Orleans, this entertaining history captures the soul of the city and reveals its impact on the rest of the nation. Focused on New Orleans’ first century of existence, a comprehensive, chronological narrative of the political, cultural, and musical development of Louisiana’s early years is presented. This innovative history tracks the important roots of American music back to the swamp town, making clear the effects of centuries-long struggles among France, Spain, and England on the city’s unique culture.

Note: Audio book version of material for this event is available at either Library circulation desk for visually impaired participants.

The 5-digit registration number for this event is: 70594

The World That Made New Orleans Self-Reflection Questions