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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 it’s program.

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


new glass castle

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


2003-The-Color-of-Water

2003

The Color of Water

James McBride

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