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Good Kings Bad Kings Novel Selected for CLA Reads Celebration

Each year the College of Liberal Arts chooses a book to highlight as part of our “CLA Reads Celebration” and plans events that raise awareness of the important themes in the book. This year, the book is “Good Kings Bad Kings,” written by Susan Nussbaum (  

Susan Nussbaum will be visiting the Auburn campus to present her book on March 2nd and 3rd.  

Nussbaum's powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers who reside in an institution for young adults with disabilities and highlights many of the problems associated with institutional living conditions.

The book highlights important issues of diversity, such as ageism, language barriers, racial tensions, women's issues, and disability services with an "in your face" approach that brings these issues to the forefront.

  (Source:Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Professor and Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, College of Liberal Arts)

About Good Kings Bad Kings

Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaum’s powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers—alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy—except that they live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities. This unfamiliar, isolated landscape is much the same as the world outside: friendships are forged here, trust is built, love affairs are kindled and rules are broken. But those who call it home have little or no control over their fate. Good Kings Bad Kings challenges our definitions of what it means to be disabled, in a story told with remarkable authenticity, and in voices that resound with humor and defiance.


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