2024 CLSC Selections

ReadiCLSC medallionng together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.  Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

The 2024 CLSC Theme is Legacy.  As we reflect on our past during Chautauqua Institution’s Sesquicentennial celebration, we consider the “legacy” we carry forward into the next 150 years. Our time at Chautauqua—and our encounters with literature, in particular—encourage us to evaluate what we have learned here and what we will take with us as contributions to the world. In our contemplations we might ask: what makes a legacy? How do we foster a long-lasting impact? How do we interrogate detrimental legacies and rebuild? How can we enhance the cherished traditions we have inherited to imagine and create a more equitable world? How do we share and promote our legacy of empathy, collaboration, tolerance, generosity, life-long learning, listening and forgiveness? This year, the CLSC will contemplate the legacies we hold dear as well as those that have done harm, give us hope, and inspire us to keep growing together.   

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When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era By Donovan X. Ramsey Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525511809
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Published: One World - July 11th, 2023

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When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era By Donovan X. Ramsey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525511816
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Published: One World - July 2nd, 2024

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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316540537
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2022

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How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316540506
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 9th, 2024

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Future Tense: How We Made Artificial Intelligence—and How It Will Change Everything By Martha Brockenbrough Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250765925
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 19th, 2024

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments By Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781639550562
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 16th, 2024

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments By Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

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Mexican WhiteBoy By Matt de la Peña Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780440239383
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Published: Ember - January 12th, 2010

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Lost Children Archive: A novel By Valeria Luiselli Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780525436461
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2020

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The First Ladies By Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593440285
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Published: Berkley - June 27th, 2023

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Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562969
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Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

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Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780399562976
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Published: Penguin Books - January 16th, 2024

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Dances: A Novel By Nicole Cuffy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593498170
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2024

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Dances: A Novel By Nicole Cuffy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593498156
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Published: One World - May 16th, 2023

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The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance By Dan Egan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324002666
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2023

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The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance By Dan Egan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781324074724
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2024

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Apple: (Skin to the Core) By Eric Gansworth Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781646142033
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Published: Levine Querido - September 6th, 2022

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Apple: (Skin to the Core) By Eric Gansworth Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140138
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Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

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