Books Beyond Borders (International Book Club)

Books Beyond Borders (International Book Club)

Curious about international literature, a seasoned traveler, or an intermediate ESL student looking to build skills? All are welcome to join I-House’s International Book Club, Books Beyond Borders, to partake in cultural exchange through monthly book discussions and events.

Meetings are usually held every 3rd Sunday of the month at I-House’s Hagan Room unless otherwise specified. Please enter through the side door by the parking lot.

We meet for two sessions for each book. The first session is a discussion of the text. The second session incorporates the larger cultural context of the book. This can mean looking at other materials such as poetry, short films, visual art, etc.

For more information contact Kelsey McFaul ( or visit:

 News Flash: The January and February Books Beyond Borders meetings will be on the 4th Sundays to avoid holiday weekends!

Current Events:

Sundays: January 26th & February 23rd

2:00 PM- 4:00 PM  (Hagan Room)

I was Told to Come Alone” by Souad Mekhennet.

Here is a sneak preview from Macmillan Publishers:
“I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification, and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel. . . .””For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other. In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence… Mekhennet’s background has given her unique access to some of the world’s most wanted men, who generally refuse to speak to Western journalists. She is not afraid to face personal danger to reach out to individuals in the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and their affiliates; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination.”










News Flash: The January and February Books Beyond Borders meetings will be on the 4th Sundays to avoid holiday weekends!