Book Club - Blonde Roots


Location: 339 O'Shaughnessy

Welcome to a world turned upside down.  One minute, Doris is playing hide-and-seek with her sisters in the fields behind their cottage. The next, someone puts a bag over her head and she ends up in the hold of a slave ship sailing to the New World. When she finally arrives on a strange tropical island, Doris discovers that she is, in fact, a pig-ugly savage with a brain the size of a pea, whose only purpose in life is to please her mistress. While experiencing the hardships of life in the sugarcane fields, she dreams of escape, of finding those she has loved and lost, and of returning home to her motherland, England...

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Discussion Leader: Jason Ruiz,  Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies

Jason Ruiz is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where is affiliated faculty with the Program in Gender Studies and the Institute for Latino Studies.  He teaches courses in Latino studies, race and representation, border studies, and popular culture.

April 10,  2015



339 O’Shaughnessy