Fall Literature Circles – A Novel Event

Published: August 27, 2008

All faculty, staff, administrators, and students are invited to participate in the Fall Literature Circles at the Historic Triangle in Williamsburg.


Friday, November 14, 2008, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge at TNCC’s Historic Triangle.

First, read one of the following novels:

  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • or The Color of Water by James McBride

Then, join us on Friday, Nov. 14th at 1:00 for an exciting and informative discussion of your selected novel.

Books can be purchased at local book stores and online. In addition, some copies are also available for loan from Debbie Bedosti at the info desk in building C.

For more info, contact Diana Martin, office C-114 at the Historic Triangle. Phone: 253-4759. Email: martind@tncc.edu

Information about books from book covers:

Three Cups of Tea: “In 1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools – especially for girls – in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.” Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, explained: “Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan), we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything – even die.”

The Color of Water: “As a boy in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she’d simply say, “I;m light-skinned.” Later he wondered if he was different, too, and asked hos mother if he was black or white. “You’re a human being,” she snapped. “Educate yourself or you’ll be a nobody!” And when James asked what color God was, she said, “God is the color of water.” As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story – the story of a rabbi’s daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college. The Color of Water is James McBride’s tribute to his remarkable, eccentric, determined mother – and an eloquent exploration of what family really means.

The New York Times Book Review described the novel as “complex and moving…suffused with issues of race, religion, and identity…. The two stories, son’s and mother’s, beautifully juxtaposed, strike a graceful note at a time of racial polarization.”

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