Readers Guild

Becoming an engaged reader requires commitment and intellectual curiosity, but the rewards are great.

The IAM Readers Guild is designed to allow readers to interact with others in their own community as well as the wider IAM global community, and to learn a “deeper empathy” through experiencing great writing that wrestles with big ideas in many cultural contexts.

Each month, groups around the world will meet to discuss the book of the month, beginning with a list of questions that will be sent to all groups and welcoming spontaneous discussions as they arise. A member of each group will take notes and blog a brief summary of the group discussion after the meeting, allowing all the readers a wider experience of the book.

“Deeply engaged reading leads to perceptual awakening, stimulation of the core of the intuitive and experiential . . . What reading and writing can teach us is a deeper empathy that leads us to desire the best for others who are entirely different from us, and to long to communicate with them.”

– Makoto Fujimura, “Refractions #26: The Epistle of Van Gogh”

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2015 Readers Guild Selections

We hope you enjoy this year’s Reader’s Guild selections!

If you’re interested in getting ahead and voicing books for any year or writing the guides for any month, we’re happy to have you contribute. Contact with any questions or suggestions.

January: The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

February: The Sojourn by Adrew Krivac

March: Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura

April: On Beauty by Zadie Smith

May: Fools Crow by James Welch

June: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

July: Wiseblood by Flannery O’Connor

August: Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

September: I and Thou by Martin Buber

October: The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

November: Barabbas by Per Lagerqvist

December: A Passage to India by E.M. Forster


Past Lists and Blog

Readers Guild Lists

RG 2014

January: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

February: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

March: My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman

April: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

May: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

June:  The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

July: Hopkins: Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins

August:  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

September: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

October: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

November: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

DecemberPlainsong by Kent Haruf

RG 2013

January: The Hunger Angel  – Herta Müller

February: Our Town  Thornton Wilder

March: The Long Loneliness  – Dorothy Day

April: Leaving the Atocha Station   Ben Lerner

May: A Month in the Country  –  J.L. Carr

June:  The Power and the Glory  Graham Greene

July: Marriette in Ecstasy  Ron Hanson

August: Volt   Alan Heathcock

September: The Sunset Limited  Cormac McCarthy

October: Divine Comedy  as translated by Allen Mandelbaum

November: Beautiful Unbroken  Mary Jane Nealon

DecemberThirst  – Mary Oliver

RG 2012

January: Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow – Daniel Nayeri

February:  Parts of a World: A Novel  – A.G. Mojtabai

March: The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

April: Miracle’s Boys – Jacqueline Woodson

May:  A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Bryson

June:  Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

July: Empire Falls  – Richard Russo

August: Four Quartets (Burnt Norton & East Coker) – T.S. Eliot 

September: Four Quartets ( The Dry Salavegs & Little Gidding) – T.S. Eliot

October: The Moviegoer – Walker Percy

November: Tinkers – Paul Hardin

December Mystery & Manners – Flannery O’Connor

RG 2011

January: The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

February: Blankets – Craig Thompson

March: Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman

April: Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

May: Where I Was From – Joan Didion

June: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work – Alain de Botton

July: Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather

August: Phantastes – George McDonald

September: Arcadia – Tom Stoppard

 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

November: The Death of Adam – Marilynne Robinson

December: The Long Home – Christian Wiman

RG 2010

January: Silence – Shusaku Endo

February: The Supper of the Lamb – Robert Farrar Capon

March: The Violent Bear It Away – Flannery O’Connor

April: Hannah Coulter – Wendell Berry

May: Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis

June: Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

July: Dark Water – Robert Clark

August: Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

September: Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

October: Shop Class as Soulcraft – Matthew B. Crawford

November: Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

December: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard