Sunday, February 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,
TLC PDA (N110 LC)

Please register online.

TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Presenter: Nicole Amato, Doctoral Student, Language, Literacy and Culture

Hi, Lovers of Young Adult Lit! You are invited to participate in our College of Education Young Adult Literature Book Club. We will be meeting the last Sunday of every month to discuss a new book. This book club is also part of a research study about student response to literature, specifically how readers construct understandings of gender and body within print and graphic texts. Participation in the study is not required to be part of the book club; however, I do hope you will consider contributing to the research! Participation in the study requires no additional work beyond the normal expectations of the book club. Consent forms will be distributed at the start of each session if you are interested in being included in the study.

Description of this months book via GoodReads: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Notes:

  • The first 5 students to sign up for inclusion in the study will be eligible to get a free book. Please email nicole-a-amato@uiowa.edu for more information regarding participation in the study. Otherwise, register as required by the TLC for certificate hours.
    • Books are also available at the University Library, Iowa City Public Library, Prairie Lights, and Amazon.
  • If you register for the study and don’t attend our book club meeting, we will charge your UBill for the cost of the book and refreshments (~$20.00). This includes last minute calls that you are sick.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • Questions? Contact: nicole-a-amato@uiowa.edu

 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.