About the Wartburg College Book Club

One book is selected for discussion each month within the Wartburg community. All are invited – students, alumni, parents, donors – to join the conversation and learn from other Knights. This community is intended to be an inclusive environment. Topics and opinions discussed each month do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Wartburg College.

Those who sign up for the bimonthly newsletter will receive book announcements, discussion questions, educational information, highlights from the Facebook group, invitation for virtual events, and more. The Facebook group will host the majority of content and interactions, with daily posts Monday through Friday.

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

Where to find this book

The City We Became book cover

Discussion Schedule
Week of Nov. 1: Prologue, Interruption, Chapters 1-5
Week of Nov. 8: Chapters 6-10
Week of Nov. 15: Chapters 11-16, Coda
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m.: Zoom discussion

For most of us, the Arctic conjures up images of freezing and forsaken solitude. Hence, Austrian painter Christiane Ritter was at best ambivalent when her husband asked her to join him on the small Arctic island of Spitsbergen in a tarpaulin-covered hut sixty miles from the nearest neighbor. Yet his descriptions were filled not with cold and hardship but tales of remarkable wildlife, alluring light shows, and treks over water and ice. Won over, Ritter joined her husband and grew to love life on this small isle off Norway’s coast, and in this charming memoir she describes her experiences, with insight and wry humor. Whether or not you ever plan a trip to the Arctic, A Woman in the Polar Night offers thoughtful reflections on isolation and the place the natural world holds in the human psyche. 

Discussion Schedule
Week of Nov. 29
: Foreword-Chapter 5 
Week of Dec. 6: Chapters 6-12
Week of Dec. 13: Chapters 13-18, pictures
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. CST: Virtual Book Discussion

book cover for A woman in the polar night

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