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ReadUP 2022: Transcendent Kingdom: The Book

Book Distribution

A limited number of print books are available to UP students, staff and faculty for on-campus pickup. Reserve your copy now. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders will be taken through November 18.

And don't forget, ebook copies are available through the library too.

Where to pick up your copy

Students living in residence halls will pick up the book from their hall director. Everyone else can pick up their copy from the Clark Library starting Monday, November 22 at the service desk on the main floor.

Author Talk

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Schoenfeldt Distinguished Visiting Writers Series presents Yaa Gyasi
7:00-8:00 p.m. | Buckley Center Auditorium | Free

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The Book

Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is “a book of blazing brilliance” (The Washington Post)—a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed.  

Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

~ from Penguin Random House

Book Discussions

Open to all UP faculty, staff and students. Each discussion will unpack a different theme from Transcendent Kingdom

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Facilitated by Brandy Daniels, UP Theology
11:30am-12:30pm | Library Conference Room, LB 222

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Facilitated by Amy Ongiri, UP Ethnic Studies
11:30am-12:30pm | Library Conference Room, LB 222

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Facilitated by Mark Pitzer, UP Psychological Sciences
11:30am-12:30pm | Library Conference Room, LB 222 | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798
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