KUED’s “Book Club in a Box” pairs a novel with a PBS documentary that is sure to generate a lively discussion. Everything you need as a host is included: one book and one DVD (for the host), discussion questions written by a respected Utah scholar, recipes to enhance the experience, and more. KUED offers resources as to where your group might check out or purchase a copy of the book, and where the DVD can be checked out or streamed.
By registering for a box, you are entering an agreement with KUED that you will host a book club discussion that involves the accompanying film and that you will provide meaningful feedback about your discussion.
Please research the book and documentary before you reserve a box (descriptions are at the bottom of this page).
Do not register until this box is agreed upon by your book club members and is on your book club's schedule.
All individuals who register for a box must meet the requirements listed below or they will be charged for the contents ($50).
These boxes are for Utah residents. If you are not a Utah resident, you can request PDF copies of the discussion questions via email.
Boxes ship at the beginning of each month.
KUED members may register for more than one box in a calendar year.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison | Ralph Ellison, An American Journey Currently Unavailable
Invisible Man explores the narrator's attempt to cope with racism and segregation as well as one man's attempts to come to terms with the myth of the American Dream and to make sense of a society in which both the oppressed and the oppressor become victims of their blindness. Ralph Ellison: An American Journey is the first documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature. It establishes Ellison as a central figure in contemporary debates over art, politics, race and nationhood. Narrated by Andre Braugher, the film brilliantly presents the first scenes ever filmed from Ellison's landmark novel, Invisible Man.
Sula by Toni Morrison | Iris Sula is the story of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. Iris pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. A singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people sustain her, Iris reminds us that dressing — and indeed, life — is nothing but a grand experiment.
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat | NOVA: Inside Animal Minds Only 1 left!
More than a half-century ago, the Canadian Wildlife Service assigned the naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou. Never Cry Wolf is Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for the wolves; an indelible record of the myths and magic of wild wolves. Inside Animal Minds explores what it would be like to go inside the mind of an animal. The revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd | Martha Hughes Cannon (KUED original) – ships in January 2019
In Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, and KUED’s documentary, Martha Hughes Cannon, we meet remarkable women who pushed against established spheres and lived in worlds of contrast. Discover how these women navigated complex social, political, and religious structures and how they evoked change in spite of disappointment, loss, betrayal, and ostracism. Consider how these women's stories, their themes, and the abolitionist and women's rights movements impact us today. How do they influence our desire and ability to advocate for others and ourselves? And how do we navigate complex social, political, and religious structures with personal integrity?