At Cal Humanities we love books! Here’s what we’re reading over the winter break:
Ralph Lewin is readng At Night We Walk in Circles, by Daniel Alarcon
A beautifully written, at times funny, disturbing and always compelling story set in South America. Cal Humanities selected Alarcon’s other novel Lost City Radio for our last CA Reads program.
Felicia Kelley is reading Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
Through engaging characters, a rich sense of place, and skilled storytelling, this novel puts a human face on the often-abstract discussion of global climate change, and invites us to consider what each of us can do to help return our planet to health.
Vanessa Whang is reading Invisible Strings: Poems, by Jim Moore
Mature, elegant (in both its common and mathematical senses) poems, with clear nods to Japanese aesthetics. Spare, but no way cold; honest, but humane.
Jody Sahota is reading Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Navigating between the Indian traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection of short stories come to life.