Join the Benigna Book Club

January 19, 2023

Join the Benigna Book Club - A book club that reads what our students are reading!

Parents and guardians on all three campuses are welcome to join us for our book discussions throughout the school year.  Looking ahead, we'll be discussing:

March 29
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Merle-Smith Campus, Sense of Place English class

Bless Me, Ultima | The Great American Read | WTTW Chicago

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. 'We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,' says Antonio's mother. 'It is not the way of our people,' agrees his father. And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio's family in New Mexico. Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood. Always, Ultima watches over him. She graces him with the courage to face childhood bigotry, diabolical possession, the moral collapse of his brother, and too many violent deaths. Under her wise guidance, Tony will probe the family ties that bind him, and he will find in himself the magical secrets of the pagan past—a mythic legacy equally as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America in which he has been schooled. At each turn in his life there is Ultima who will nurture the birth of his soul.

Email if you are planning to attend and we'll send you a google calendar invitation. Our full listing of dates is included below.  The time will be from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.  

  • Oct.19: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed 
  • Nov. 16: Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Jan. 18: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Feb. 15: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  • Mar. 29: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Apr. 19: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • May 17: Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick AND/OR Notes from a Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick


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