A Closer Look Book Club

A Closer Look Book Club meets throughout the year to discuss novels and other works of fiction. To participate in a Book Club conversation, all you need to do is read the book and then join us in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Poetry Center. No sign-up is necessary: the Club is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to participate in as many or as few meetings as you like.

Over the 2014-15 academic year, the Poetry Center’s Closer Look Book will read works of outstanding nonfiction, including memoir, travel literature, war journalism, true crime, criticism, and history.

For more information, email Cybele Knowles at knowles@email.arizona.edu.

Click here to view our archived reading list.

01/20/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

“Carson is a voracious possessor of other souls. It isn’t that she can’t bear to write about herself. In fact, her strongest work is still two long autobiographical pieces, the prose memoir “The Anthropology of Water” (in Plainwater, 1995) and the stunningly unsparing poem '”The Glass Essay'...

02/24/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Citizen requires the reader to enter that realm: the realm of being privileged in an otherwise deprived society; of relaxing while watching others work; this antiquated idea of modern civilization. Of an encounter as eyewitness to the experience of victimization. Of pure helplessness while knowing you have an aid to offer. In...

03/24/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

“The amazing thing about Maus—and after more than two decades, this 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner does indeed still amaze—is its incredible effectiveness as a teaching tool. In a time when massive tomes and numerous hours of documentaries about the Holocaust continue to replace the few voices of first-hand experience...

05/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

“The classical economists and their present-day epigones assume everyone acts to maximize his own economic interest; Hyde shows, with detail and clarity, that people just as often decide to do something because they like it, or someone else likes it, or it makes them or someone else feel good. […] He’s attempting to sketch in...

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