2017 CLSC Selections

The CLSC is one of the oldest continuous book clubs in America and has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming. Each season the authors of the year's CLSC book selections address the weekly CLSC Roundtable/Lectures in the Hall of Philosophy. The CLSC has brought many Pulitzer Prize and National Book Club award winners to Chautauqua.

The CLSC is organized under a vertical theme each year, which is meant to help readers connect the books with a uniting element.  The theme for 2017 is “Community.”   Selections are listed below in the order in which they appeared in the year's program.

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Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family By Daniel Bergner Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316300636
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - September 5th, 2017

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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062368607
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - January 16th, 2018

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right By Arlie Russell Hochschild Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781620972250
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016

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The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) By Sandra Cisneros Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780679734772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

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The Sellout: A Novel By Paul Beatty Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781250083258
Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

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Everybody's Fool: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Richard Russo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307454829
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

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Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War By Susan Southard Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143109426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 2nd, 2016

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The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts By William Heyen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780990322177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Etruscan Press - November 1st, 2016

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The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland By Dan Barry Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062372147
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

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The Excellent Lombards By Jane Hamilton Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781455564200
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 4th, 2017

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Commonwealth: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

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