2009 Archives

SMU July Summer Book Series: Four Favorite Woman Authors

Summer Reading Lists

summer reading

1995 - Conflict and Crisis: Resolution and Redemption

Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Making History by Carolyn See
Beyond Deserving by Sandra Scofield 


1996 - Rituals and Passages: Four Contemoporary American Novels About Families in Transition

Object Lessons by Anna Quindlen
The Wedding by Dorothy West
Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Blue Rodeo by Jo-Ann Mapson


1997 - Consider the Children

At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
Civil Wars by Rosellen Brown
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Saying Grace by Beth Gutcheon


1998 - Encountering the Other

The Republic of Love by Carol Shields
Eight Months of Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel
The River Beyond the World by Janet Peery
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell


1999 - Family Sagas of Tragedy and Renewal: Contemporary Women Writers

A Southern Family by Gail Godwin
The House of the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
New Year’s Eve by Lisa Grunwald


2000 - The Daughter’s Story

Hanna’s Daughters: A Novel of Three Generations by Marianne Fredriksson
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Souls Raised from the Dead by Doris Betts
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


2001 - Families in Crisis

Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve
This is My Daughter by Roxana Robinson
Evening News by Marly Swick
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott


2002 - Journeys of Discovery

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif


2003 - Mothers, Daughters, and Grandmothers: Lessons and Legacis Passed from One Generation to Another

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The World Below by Sue Miller
Unless by Carol Shields


2004 - Relationships: Novels of Family, Friendship, and Love

Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama
These Granite Islands by Sarah Stonich
Fortunate Lives by Robb Forman Dew
The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


2005 - First-Time Novelists

Swan by Frances Mayes
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
The Hazards of Good Breeding  by Jessica Shattuck
Harbor by Lorraine Adams


2006 - Affirmations: Contemporary Literature Series

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
Urusula Under by Ingrid Hill
Due Preparations for the Plague by Janet Turner Hospital


2007 - Novels of Fundamental Human Experiences: Identity, Loss, Love, Forgiveness

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Outside Valentine by Liza Ward
The Marriage of the Sea by Jane Allison
Blue Water by A. Manette Ansay


2008 - Love ….. American Style

Triangle by Katherine Weber
Dear Mrs. Lindbergh by Kathleen Hughes
Changing Light by Nora Gallagher
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard


2009 - Fiction’s Fundamentals: Character and Circumstance

The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
Nothing is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn by Alice Mattison
Run by Ann Patchett

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June 22, 2009

Grounded by a nonexistent travel budget? 

Escape the Texas summer with a good book recommended by SMU’s Vicki Hill. Each summer for 15 years she has selected four of her favorite books written by women to discuss with the audience at Dedman College’s Godbey Lecture Series. This year’s series begins July 7.

"Reading is about exploration and living in someone else’s world," said Hill, who added that she is disappointed in herself if she doesn’t read two books a week. A former SMU English professor with a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from SUNY Buffalo and long-time director of the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, Hill spends the year looking for just the right books for the series.

"A keeper is a book I want to read a second time, a book that makes me think or one I would recommend to a friend," Hill said.

Hill discusses the books with the audience – many of whom return year after year  - not as an English professor, but reader to reader.  "This is not high falutin’ literary criticism or theory, we talk about the sheer delight of how the novel works."

Summer Book Series Facts:

What: "Fiction’s Fundamentals: Characters and Circumstance" - Dedman College’s Godbey Lecture Series

When: Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon

July 7 – The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett


July 14 – The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

July 21 – Nothing is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn by Alice Mattison

July 28 – Run by Ann Patchett

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy; 205 NorthPark Center

Cost: Lunch and 4-lecture series, $180 Godbey members, $260 nonmembers; Individual lecture and lunch, $45 members, $65 nonmembers

Contact information: 214-768-2532 or smu.edu/godbey

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