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Read with Lakers
Read with Lakers is a virtual opportunity for alumni to connect through books. Reading promotes lifelong learning by opening our minds to new ideas and perspectives. Through programming related to the book, we can share our thoughts, learn from one another, and have fun. Join us!
How it Works
- There is no sign-up cost to participate, you'll just purchase a copy of the book or borrow it from your library.
- Read at your own pace over the two-month window.
- Join us for the virtual book discussion at the end of the read. Didn't finish reading it, that's okay - you can still join the discussion!
- We also encourage you to join us for other related events throughout the read. These events may give you new perspective as you read the book.
- Summer Read (May - July 2021): The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- Winter Read (January - March 2022): Book TBD
Current Book and Events
"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig
May - July 2021
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”
A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
Webinar: Finding the "Good Life"
Thursday, June 24
1 - 2 p.m. EST
We often wonder what our lives might have been had we made a different choice at some point. We’re seeking “the good life,” but what does that mean and how do we know we’re living it? As the nation emerges from the pandemic, many are reevaluating or considering their options. How can we be confident we’ve made the right choice? How do comparisons to others or to the ideal, shape our decision making? How do we respond to those around us who are contemplating or adjusting their paths? Our panel of faculty experts will share their perspectives and insights on these questions and more.
- Dr. Dianne Green-Smith, Professor of Social Work
- Dr. Christopher Kurby, Associate Professor of Psychology
- Dr. John Uglietta, Professor of Philosophy
Read with Lakers Book Discussion: "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig
Wednesday, July 14
1 - 2 p.m. EST
Join us to discuss the second book in our Read with Lakers series: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Participants will be divided into breakout rooms with a discussion leader to dive deeper into the themes of the book and your reading experience. The discussion will conclude after one hour, but we’ll leave the Zoom room open for continued conversation if desired.