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Anita Duneer

 Brandon Hawk

 Zubeda Jalalzai


Open Books - Open Minds

​2018-2019 Book Selection

photo of Exit West by Moshin Hamid

This year’s common book selection is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through...

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

“A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” –
“Moving, audacious, and indelibly human.” –Entertainment Weekly, “A” rating​

Summer Reading Group

Please Join us for the OBOM summer book club!
Featuring Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Wednesday​. July 11, 11 a.m., Gaige 302
Tuesday, July 17, 4 p.m., Gaige 206

Themes for Teaching & Research:​

Refugees & Immigration
Exile, Loss, and Dislocation
Self and Other
Race, ethnic, national, & class identities
Human Rights
Storytelling and Social Activism
Creative Writing and Culture
World Literature and History
International Relations
Magical Realism
Ethics & Law

photo of Book Nook in Adams Library 

Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have copies of Between the World and Me and all ten shortlisted books for your reading pleasure! The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections as we narrow the list for campus-wide voting, which opens at the end of the fall semester.

Please follow this link to cast your vote by March 15, 2018: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: June 07, 2018