Themes and Book Selections

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Love and Forgiveness in the Presence of the Enemy

  • Scenes from The Iliad by Homer
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Embers by Sandor Marai
  • The Guardians by Ana Castillo
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Love and Forgiveness in the Light of Death

  • Paula by Isabel Allende
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • Jazz by Toni Morrison
  • The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Dead by James Joyce

Love, Forgiveness, and Wisdom

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The History of Love by Nicole Kraus
  • A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
  • The Essential Rumi (poems), translated by Coleman Barks
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan