Reading and Discussion Exploring Ideas through Books Consider ThisBack to the main Reading and Discussion CatalogueThese issue-oriented series explore a wide range of provocative and timely topics through both fiction and nonfiction titles. full descriptionA Hard Look at AmericaThe books in this series, comprised of Pulitzer-winning reporting and research, dig deep, revealing facts and stories that continue to be relevant years after they were brought to the surface. full descriptionAleksandr SolzhenitsynThe series features shorter works by the great Russian writer, dissident, and former Cavendish, Vermont resident. full descriptionBlue Collar AmericaLook past the stereotypes to examine the realities of minimum-wage existence, small-town economics, social divisions, and what does or doesn't constitute the good life. full descriptionBorder CrossingsA book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. full descriptionEarth TonesThese authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental noteshaunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wiseas they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. full descriptionExperience My WorldThese books take the reader deeply inside the world of someone experiencing life differently from the rest of us. Topics include bipolar disorder, physical disability, and Alzheimer s disease. full descriptionFarms and GardensThese authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. full descriptionFear No Labor: Novels about Union OrganizingThis series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. full descriptionForces of NatureThe titles in this series explore humanity's relationship to forces beyond its control, such as evolution, disease, and the planets fragile ecosystems. full descriptionHealthcare and HumanityThese four books, all used to acclaim in VHCs Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare program, speak to the experiences of the patient, the families, and the people providing care. full descriptionLegacy of RacismThis series features recent Pulitzer-Prize winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. full descriptionOutsiders: Those Who Fell Outside the Cultural NormThis discussion series examines the treatment of populations outside the cultural norms of the late 19th and early 20th century America. full descriptionPilgrimageDiscover a variety of journeys- and whether the seekers find what they are looking for- in these varied writings. full descriptionSoldiering On: After Battle and Back HomeFor soldiers and civilians of any war, the battle doesnt necessarily cease when the last guns are fired and the battlefield is left behind. full descriptionSustainabilityThis series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability and try to make it work in the world. full descriptionThe Ties that Bind: Take TwoA rich selection of three novels and one memoir that explores family and deals with some of the most emotional aspects of blood relationships: the generational divide, communication, betrayal, reconciliation, forgiveness, and love.