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Previous Selections

The Life of the Mind program began in 2003 with James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water, and in the years since has featured a diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction title. Click on a book to learn more about its program.

2016

Leaving Orbit

Margaret Lazarus Dean


2015

The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez


daytripper

2014

Daytripper

Fabio Moon Gabriel Ba


eaarth

2013

Eaarth

Bill McKibben


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2012

The Accidental Asian

Eric Liu


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2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot


mountains-beyond-mountains

2010

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Tracy Kidder


2009

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls


a long way gone

2008

A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah


in the wake of the plague

2007

In The Wake of the Plague

Norman F Cantor


hope and other

2006

Home and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Laila Lalami


curious

2005

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mark Haddon


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2004

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith


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2003

The Color of Water

James McBride

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