Saturday, November 20, 2010

Death of Josseline: UUA common read in UUCLC Lending Library

Book cover: The Death of Josseline by Margaret Regan
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s common read for 2010-2011, The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands, has arrived in the UUCLC Lending Library.

“With a sweeping perspective and vivid on-the-ground reportage, Margaret Regan tells the stories of the escalating chaos along the U.S.-Mexico border. A varied cast of characters emerges as she rides shotgun with the Border Patrol, interviews deported Mexicans and angry Arizona ranchers, visits migrant shelters in Mexico, and camps out in the thorny wilderness with ‘No More Deaths’ activists.

“Using Arizona as a microcosm, Regan explores a host of urgent issues: the border militarization that threatens the rights of U.S. citizens, the environmental damage wrought by the new border wall, the desperation that compels migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead in Arizona’s morgues.”

A common read is an invitation for a community to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. Rose Hanig, UUA Bookstore manager, said she has found it to be “an excellent community building activity.”

Interested readers can download a Discussion Guide for UU Groups (PDF), a flexible plan for leading one to four meetings focused on a common read of The Death of Josseline.

This is one of many books that can be found in the UUCLC Lending Library. Look for the portable library cart in the sanctuary on Sundays.

Cynthia Parkhill
UUCLC Lending Library
November 2010
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