Hostos Reads: Books in Common, Books in Community

HOSTOS READS: Books in Common, Books in Community

Welcome to the website of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College’s Hostos Reads Project (a.k.a Book of the Semester Project)

Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to join the Hostos Reads Project and to take part in other events surrounding the book. An academic initiative that includes group discussions, brown bags events and workshops about the book.


We are happy to share the top three book nominations from a selection of 19 submissions. Many thanks to the Hostos Reads Book Selection Committee for evaluating the submissions and selecting the top three finalists. Please vote for the book you would like to read the next academic year.

Voting ends Sunday, May 21, 2017


Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. At once powerful and tender, Americanah is a remarkable novel of race, love, and identity by the award-winning writer.

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The Underground Railroad

Author: Colson Whitehead

An impressive novel that helps understand the horrors of slavery through a journey to freedom of a young slave of a Georgia plantation. This book describes the horrors of slavery but also the importance of building a support network to ensure the freedom of many. While at present we are not discussing slavery we can make a parallel to the situation of immigrants not only in the USA but around the world.

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The Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood

If you’re going to read the book, don’t read my summary. The book changes a lot throughout, and this will spoil it for you. Anyway, here goes– What will happen to our society if income inequality continues to the point of apocalypse? “The Heart Goes Last” is a post-apocalyptic story about a destitute and desperate couple that signs onto a project that promises a solution, and the solution is voluntary mass incarceration. This is an accessible and fun read that can spark conversations about our economic class system, gender roles (both in the “workplace”– in quotes because this isn’t really a “workplace” at all in the story– it is prison) and freedom. Most importantly, would you trade your freedom for happiness? Is happiness a commodity? The NYT review (which also gives away too much), is available here:

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Common Reading Series

From the oral tradition of Homeric poetry, the circles of friends who read Renaissance poetry in manuscript, the serialization of novels in the 19th century, the gossip-fueled cameraderie of the New York School of Poets in the 1950s, to various public civic reading projects of the 20th and 21st centuries, reading has always had a social dimension. Keeping in mind Hostos’ particular book of the semester, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, this informal conversation will explore the contexts, questions, challenges, and rewards of reading in common.

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