Previous MacReads Book Selections

FALL 2014


A video of the presentations by Prof. William Mosley and Prof. Kendrick Brown, on Monday, September 1, 2014, 9:30am in the Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons.

FALL 2013

 In this video, Macalester faculty members, Joëlle Vitiello, French and Francophone Studies, and Eric Carter, Geography, talk about the issues that Tracy Kidder's book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, raises in relationship to their own research and teaching.  September 2, 2013, 1:00 p.m. in the Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons.

Fall 2012

The Ghost Map; The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World  by Steven Johnson

Based on the deadly cholera outbreak in London in 1854, this book brings together "19th century culture, information design, urban life and infrastructre--and wraps them in a narrative that is part detective story, part biology lesson and part Dickens novel." [Excerpt from online review.]

Prof. Louisa Bradtmiller, Environmental Studies, talks about The Ghost Map.

FALL 2011

What is the What by Dave Eggers

What is the What, a novel by Dave Eggers, tells the compelling story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese refugee. Uprooted from his village by civil war at age six, he walked across the Sudan to a Kenyan refugee camp, along with thousands of other displaced children. Those who made this astonishing trek ultimately became known as the “lost boys of the Sudan.” After living in refugee camps for nearly a dozen years, Valentino eventually relocates to Atlanta, Georgia, which is where he met and told Eggers about the events that serve as the basis of this beautifully written and surprisingly life-affirming book.

You can watch a video of the Fall 2011 Convocation during which Prof. James Dawes, English and Prof. Dianna Shandy, Anthropology discussed how they used this book in their courses.


Fall 2010

Cover: The LatehomecomerThe Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang tells the story of her family's journey from the refugee camps of Thailand to their new life in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is a compelling story that will help introduce readers to the Hmong community and develop a better understanding of their experiences in looking for a "place to call home." She came to Macalester to speak about her book as part of Mac Reads.
Watch a video interview with the author


Professors James Dawes and Dianna Shandy at Fall 2011 Convocation

Author Kao Kalia Yang Talks with Macalester

The author of our 2010 selection came to Macalester to discuss her book. This is the full recording of her talk.