Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Discussion Guide for Zero O’Clock

The following is an 18-question discussion guide to enhance your reading of Zero O’Clock. For a downloadable/printable .pdf version of this guide, please click here. 1. Why do you think Geth Montego is so fascinated by the boy band BTS? What purpose do music and fandom play in her life? 2. Geth has OCD. What […]

Discussion Guide for They Better Call Me Sugar

The following is a 14-question discussion guide to enhance your reading of  They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood. For a downloadable/printable .pdf version of this guide, please click here. 1. Sugar Rodgers grew up in very difficult situations, especially the poverty she experienced and periods of homelessness. Unlike […]

Discussion Guide for Home Girl

1. Does it matter if a potential foster carer is of a different race or culture than the child who needs to be fostered? 2. Should foster carers keep to a code of behavior that they set for their own children, or should they bend the rules for children who have been in the care […]

Reading Group Guide for Flying Jenny

Click here to return to the book page. For a downloadable/printable version of this Reading Group Guide, please click here. 1. In Theasa Tuohy’s novel, Flying Jenny, the main characters exhibit contradictory personality traits, each suffering from insecurities while also achieving groundbreaking recognition for their accomplishments. How is this true for Laura? For Jenny? 2. […]

Reading Group Guide for A Student of History

Click here to return to the book page. For a downloadable/printable version of this Reading Group Guide, please click here. 1. Why is Rick having a hard time finishing his dissertation? How do his relationships with Mrs. W— and Fiona complicate his understanding of history? 2. Rick thinks about his family often, but never visits […]

Discussion Guide for The Devil’s Song

Click here to return to the book page. To download a printable copy of this Discussion Guide, please click here. 1. Kate comes from a well-connected political family. How do you think her connections shape her professional identity? How much do our family’s successes or struggles define our own lives? 2. Kate self-investigates the murders, […]