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Newcomb Alumnae Book Clubs

Newcomb regional book clubs take place every fall and spring semester. The aim is to bring alumnae together in each city for an evening of conversation.

If you are interested in hosting a virtual book club, please fill out the form: Spring 2021 NAA Book Club Hostess Signup

Spring 2021 Selection: Lost Children Archive

Our spring 2021 selection is Lost Children Archive by Valleria Luiselli, Newcomb Institute's 2021 Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence.


In Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.

Through ephemera such as songs, maps, and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained—or lost in the desert along the way.

A breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive—a powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.

Scheduled Club Meetings

Washington, D.C.
March 10, 7:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by Patsie Uchello NC '76

South Florida
March 31, 7:00 p.m EST
Hosted by Dori Lynn Neuwirth  NC '90

Dallas, TX
April 13, 7:00 p.m. CST
Hosted by Laurie Finger Berger NC '88 & Dana Zale Gerard NC '85

Houston, TX
April 20, 7:00 p.m. CST
Hosted by Andrea Lapsley NC '72

May 2, 11:00 a.m. PST
Hosted by Barbra Schwartz NC '91 & Janelle Bakke E '04

New York area
May 6, 7:00 p.m. EST
Hosted by Rachelle Galanti Parker NC '69

For more information on how to join a book club, please contact Beth Chauvin at echauvin2@tulane.edu