Did you know that 2022 marks the Great Books Foundation’s 75th anniversary? It has been a joy to bring civil discourse about big ideas to lifelong learners, teachers, and students these many years. We couldn’t have done it without you.
To thank you, we are extending a special offer on all adult book group anthologies: 75% off while supplies last! Save big on these timely and discussable titles for your book group or for your own reading pleasure. These books also make wonderful gifts for your friends and family.
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Below are some of the thought-provoking, discussable titles that qualify for this huge discount.
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Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories
The 18 stories collected in Immigrant Voices highlight the complex relationships of immigrants in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century with their families, friends, new surroundings, and home countries. The authors themselves have made many of the same kinds of transitions as the characters they portray, and they offer fresh perspectives on the immigrant experience.
Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community
The selections in Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community explore the experiences, challenges, and achievements of women from a contemporary point of view. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short stories, memoirs, and journalistic works are all included. Together, these selections and their accompanying discussion questions allow readers to explore how gender informs every aspect of a woman’s life—identity, family, relationships, work, and politics.
Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music
In Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music, writers reflect on the immense impact of popular music on our culture, our lives, and our ways of thinking about the world. The 30 selections in this exciting collection explore popular music across genres and consider varied aspects of creating, listening, and performing. Inside you’ll find:
- Acclaimed authors, including James Baldwin, Bobbie Ann Mason, David Remnick, Sonia Sanchez, and Tracy K. Smith
- Writing on memory, fandom, patriotism, science, and soul
- Essays, short stories, lyrics, memoirs, and poetry
Double Features: Big Ideas in Film
Double Features: Big Ideas in Film examines our understanding of movies and the effect they have on our wider culture. The 23 selections in this innovative anthology explore different aspects of film and filmmaking from the perspective of artists and creators, directors and producers, and audiences and critics. Inside you’ll find:
- Acclaimed authors, including Manuel Muñoz, Walter Murch, Camille Paglia, A. O. Scott, and Sheryl St. Germain
- Writing on childhood, race, technology, heroism, and romance
- Essays, short stories, reviews, interviews, and poetry
Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television
Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television presents a unique collection of writing inspired by and exploring television in all its forms, from comedy, education, and commercials to news, politics, and reality TV. These 28 selections offer compelling perspectives on television and its place in our lives, its social impact, and its cultural influence. Inside you’ll find:
- Acclaimed authors, including Ariel Levy, Emily Nussbaum, George Saunders, Gil Scott-Heron, and E. B. White
- Writing on ethics, commercialism, diversity, reality, and censorship
- Short stories, essays, lyrics, interviews, and poetry
You can get all three of our Big Ideas in Popular Culture anthologies as a beautiful boxed set, also 75% off while supplies last. Order here!
Counterparts presents pairs of contrasting texts that interact with one another in differing and surprising ways. These 20 texts may take opposing views on issues or contend with ideas presented by other scholars. Together they offer a range of perspectives on topics such as art and war, love and fidelity, gender, aspiration, and death. The strong combination of modern and classic literature in Counterparts provides readers with much to contemplate and discuss.
Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions
The selections in Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions illustrate the best and worst of what can happen when we attempt to mold the complex communities in which we live into our vision of a perfect state. All 23 selections in this anthology challenge readers to question how society should be structured and governed, as well as what kinds of communities are most conducive to human fulfillment, both privately and in the civic arena.
Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian
Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian was created for Talking Service, the Great Books Foundation’s initiative to develop reading and discussion programs for veterans, as well as their families, friends, service providers, and caregivers. Standing Down includes:
- Forty-four selections, from Homer’s Iliad to personal accounts of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs that speak to the past experiences, concerns, and aspirations of those who have served in the military and made the often-difficult transition back into civilian life
Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights
This expanded edition of Citizens of the World is a comprehensive anthology for readers interested in how the concept of human rights has developed throughout history. Selections ranging from memoir and fiction to legal and historical documents help readers understand how abstract concepts such as the rule of law, freedom, and human dignity have evolved. The discussion questions accompanying each selection will stimulate vibrant and meaningful dialogue.