Reading Group

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Alworth Institute Reading Group

This book group will meet occasionally across academic years.  When applicable, books will be chosen to coordinate with the topic of an international lecture and/or when a speaker has authored a book. Books purchased at UMD Stores will receive a 20% discount.

The book discussion meetings are open to the public.  

Spring 2017 Schedule

Date & Time to be announced: Inadmissible, by Tamer Elsayed – Memoir about an Egyptian immigrant to the U.S.

Past Reading Group Selections


Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario


New Slow City: Living Simply in the Planet's Fastest City by William Powers

Ma's Dictionary by Milan Kovakovic


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Mara

The Greek House: The Story of a Painter's Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos, by Christian Brechneff and Tim Lovejoy

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Vandana Shiva

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Julie OrringerMichael Paterniti


The Healing of America by T.R. Reid

My Turkish Missile Crisis by Joseph Maiolo

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer


Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf 2005)

Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee (Beast Books 2011)

The Wall Jumper by Peter Schnieder (University of Chicago Press 1983)

After the Wall by Jana Hensel (Public Affairs 2004)


Pearl of China, by Anchee Min (Bloomsbury 2010)

Happy Families, by Carlos Fuentes (Random House 2009)

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (St. Martn's Griffin 2008)


The Geography of Bliss, by Erick Weiner (Grand Central Publishing 2008)

Winter in Madrid, by C.J. Sansom (Penguin 2009)

My Hope for Peace by Jehan Sadat (Simon & Schuster 2009)


Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Random House 2003) and Scribbling the Cat (Penguin 2004) by Alexandra Fuller

The Wormdigger's Daughter by John Farrell (Mercier Press 2008)

Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi (Random House 2007)