Save the evening of Tuesday, December 7, from 6:30 to 8 pm EST, for the next installment of Packer’s Alumni Book Club, when we’ll read Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong.
Minor Feelings continues our focus on reading literature that reflects on race, our empathy for others, and finding safety in uncertain times. Last year, we (along with Packer students, faculty, and staff) read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, an introduction to the history of racist ideas in America. We then read a fiction companion novel, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, which centered on the story of twin sisters, one who chooses to pass as white.
Minor Feelings won the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. NPR describes Hong’s book, a collection of essays, as an exploration of, “...trauma and a collective one, the pieces span the influential experiences of the author's own life — from a rude awakening in America after emigrating from South Korea as a child, to a complex relationship with the English language, to deep friendships forged among other artists in college, to her present-day life as a writer and mother.”
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