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Join the HSC leisure book club, Relax and Read, which is a complement to Read and Lead! 

Relax and Read is sponsored by the Robert M. Bird Society, with Library faculty facilitating the book club.

Book Exchange

In 2015 BHSL Staff created a Relax and Read Book Exchange on the 4th floor of the Library in the Recreational Reading area.  Turn to your left once you exit the elevator.  If you see a book in the exchange you'd like to read take it and if you have a book you're finished with leave it, it's that simple.  



Program Overview

TheRelax and Read book club was introduced on the HSC campus in March 2016. It's an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to discuss books that are for leisure reading.

Vote for our next book selection by filling out our form:  Book Suggestion Form

ALL BOOKS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED - All 40 slots have been filled and the participation form is now closed.

The Three Steps to Participating:

  1. Sign-up with our Book Club Participant Form! Books will be limited to the first 40 people to sign up in the Bird Library, 3rd floor Service Desk. You can sign up Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Be sure to bring your HSC ID and sign up early, books often go very quickly. Due to the limited numbers of books, we request no more than two faculty/staff per department sign up.
  2. Enjoy reading!
  3. Join us for a complimentary lunch and book discussion at noon on Friday, November 9th, in the History of Medicine Conference Room, 4th Floor in the Library.

For more information, please contact Kristi-Kohl@ouhsc.edu, Bird Library faculty librarian.

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Invisible Man

Book Summary

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be.

As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying "battle royal" where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison's nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white, Invisible Man is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.

Source: Good Reads Summary