Book Club


Butte College Anthropology instructor Mike Findlay is a scholar who has contributed to research in Asian-American culture and Mesoamerican Studies. He is the author of “A Survey of Language and Culture: Linguistic Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Communication,” which includes a chapter on taboo words.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Mary Roach writes humorously about weird science. In her book Grunt, the best-selling New York Times author examines the curious science of humans at war. Listen to a classic episode!


Gayle Brandeis grew up in the Chicago area and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. She is the author of many titles, including Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, the novel The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement. Her latest, Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in Chorus was published by Black Lawrence Press and is now available.


Oleta Bryson presents a collection of extraordinary stories gleaned from life experiences in It’s All About Perspective: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life.

Local researcher Maris Thompson collected stories of immigration in the German American Midwest during World War I. Award-winning NPR journalist Tom Gjelten talked to immigrant families in Virginia for his book A Nation of Nations. This week join Nancy for immigration stories past and present.

Author Jackie Shannon Hollis explores the past in her memoir, This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story. 

This Particular Happiness examines relationships, parenthood and the meaning of life. Take a journey with Hollis, from her early years in Oregon to her hard-earned self-acceptance in the later years.

Good Reads

Emily Gallo moved to Chico, CA, and retired from teaching in 2006. She started writing screenplays and television and moved into novels.


She published her first novel, Venice Beach, in 2015 and has written five more novels: The Columbarium, Kate & Ruby, Roads Not Taken, Murder at the Columbarium, and her latest, The Last Resort.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program, and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden.


In her new book The Earth in Her Hands 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, she introduces an array of inspiring women who inspire in wide-reaching fields. From botany and floral design to landscape architecture and farming, these influencers are creating change from the ground up.


Bryan Stevenson writes a powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people we represent, and the importance of fighting injustice. His latest, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a New York Times bestseller and this year’s Book In Common.


Also, Author TJ Richardson captures the essence of pursuing your goals amongst hardships in Where I Wanna Be. Richardson speaks about his journey as a nontraditional student.