Summer Reading Book Announced

March 20, 2014

Notes from No Man's Land coverNotes from No Man's Land: American Essays by Eula Biss will be Wheelock College's 2014 summer reading book. A committee composed of faculty and staff members evaluated books according to three principles: alignment with Wheelock's mission of improving the lives of children and families, balance between intellectual merit and accessibility, and connection to the transformative first-year college experience.

Notes from No Man's Land stood out in all three categories for its artistry and insight. Through her collection of beautifully crafted creative non-fiction essays, Eula Biss grapples with the complexities of race in America from her perspective as a white woman with an unconventional upbringing and extraordinary powers of observation. Biss understands race as a social construct and a personal reality. Her typical mode of writing involves juxtaposing two or three themes through a fragmented structure that allows readers to make their own connections.

By discussing this book during Summer Bridge and throughout the fall semester in English 120/121 and other courses, the College hopes to foster a meaningful and timely dialogue about identity, diversity, and tolerance on campus. Learn more about the book on Eula Biss's website.

Wheelock's Summer Reading Program adds value to the first-year experience and provides an opportunity for the entire community to join in a conversation around important ideas. To facilitate both aspects of the program, groups of first-year students will meet with volunteer members of the faculty and staff for a discussion of the book during orientation, and senior students are invited to a Senior Symposium related to the book's theme in September.

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