Gary Shteyngart writes a memoir filled with wit and insight. Born in Leningrad in 1972, he immigrated to the United States in 1979 as the only child of intellectual parents. As a small child, he was racked with asthma until he found immense relief when he acquired his first inhaler from a doctor in Vienna on route to New York.
Coming to a new land while remembering the old, Shteyngart captures both in an achingly humorous and poignant book. Please join us for a discussion of this memorable memoir in Room 220.
Fifty beauty pageant contestants on their way to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash land on a desert island. What to do? Practice your talent or find food? Work together or do contest rules apply? Find out what happens to these young women as they find themselves while hoping to be found.
Henry Wiencek engages in an important task in this book: looking at George Washington’s career through his connection with slavery.
He surveys Washington’s family and early life, showing how slavery formed the constant context to their activities, farming, and social life. We see in this narrative how Washington viewed his relationship to his slaves and how this changed over time, especially through his experience of working with African Americans during the American Revolutionary War.