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The Better Together Online Book Club!

We are a library sponsored, district wide, online, common-reading book club for the STLCC community.  Each semester we will feature two books that share a related theme, but present a difference in genre or perspective.  Each book will have its own LibGuide that will feature interesting links, articles, videos, etc...as well as its own discussion board.  We encourage you to respectfully engage with each other on these boards and connect through the power of a good book. Most of all, we hope you have fun!

Becoming Nicole: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy

Diversity and Inclusion
Book Club

March Selection: We Should All Be Feminists

Check out We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and join the Diversity and Inclusion Book Club on March 27, 2019 at Wildwood.

 

April Selection: Becoming Nicole

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Book Club for an interesting discussion of Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt at Meramec on April 24, 2019.

About the Spring 2019 Selections

             

     Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

by Amy Ellis Nutt

     When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this story and tells it with unflinching honesty, intimacy, and empathy. In her hands, Becoming Nicole is more than an account of a courageous girl and her extraordinary family. It’s a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.

 

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

David is a young American expatriate who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hella. While she is away on a trip, David meets a bartender named Giovanni to whom he is drawn in spite of himself. Soon the two are spending the night in Giovanni’s curtainless room, which he keeps dark to protect their privacy. But Hella’s return to Paris brings the affair to a crisis, one that rapidly spirals into tragedy. Caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality, David struggles for self-knowledge during one long, dark night—“the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.” With sharp, probing insight, Giovanni's Room tells an impassioned, deeply moving story that lays bare the unspoken complexities of the human heart. 

 

Do I Have to Read Both Books?

Of course not!  This is a club about the pleasure of reading.  Only read the title that interests you (or both if you're a book nerd like us).  Not feeling either book?  Bookmark this page because next semester we'll announce two new books!

Past Reads and Their Guides

*Hatching Twitter - Fall 2017

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

The Circle - Fall 2017

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

March: Book One - Spring 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

The Handmaid's Tale - Spring 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Summer 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide

Nineteen Minutes - Fall 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide

Another Day in the Death of America - Fall 2018

Click on the book cover to see this book's Libguide

Contact the Better Together Team!

Have a question or concern?  Please email the Better Together Team and we'll respond as soon as we can!

Stacey Lampman, Chair (slampman@stlcc.edu)

Susan Albert (salbert10@stlcc.edu)

Joni Hynes (jhynes7@stlcc.edu)

If you have a library question, click here for the Ask a Librarian options!

Giovanni's Room: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy

Tell Us About Your Reading Habits

How Often Do You Read For Pleasure?
1 book a year: 6 votes (12%)
1 book a month: 20 votes (40%)
1 book a week: 22 votes (44%)
Not at all: 2 votes (4%)
Total Votes: 50
What is Your Favorite Genre?
Fiction: 30 votes (50%)
Non-Fiction: 8 votes (13.33%)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 4 votes (6.67%)
Biography/Autobiography: 7 votes (11.67%)
Historical Fiction: 5 votes (8.33%)
Graphic Novel/Comics/Manga: 3 votes (5%)
Young Adult/Children's: 3 votes (5%)
Total Votes: 60

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000