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Wichita State Common Read 2022: Notes From a Young Black Chef

Notes From a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein

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Book Club questions for Notes From a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein
  • The National Museum of African American History is not Kwame's first or last job discussed in this book. What do you see as the significance of opening the book with this temporary job?
  • What are some ways Kwame makes sure his kitchens are inclusive? Why is this important to him?
  • Kwame seems to present himself differently depending on the situation. How do you feel about this?
  • Kwame explores his personal biases while employed as a cook on an oil cleanup ship. Discuss some situations where you have been surprised to discover your biases or where you have been forced to confront your biases.
  • The book is dedicated to 11 different women. How are Kwame’s relationships different with men and women in the book?
  • The closing of Shaw Bijou was a more traumatic loss than the loss of his other businesses. He takes a long time to recover. What are some ways to cope with a devastating loss or traumatic event? Do you have any similar experiences? 

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WSU Common Reads 2022

Wichita State Common Read 2022: Notes From a Young Black Chef

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua Stein is the selection for Wichita State Common Reads 2022. 

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Wichita State Common Read 2021: What the Eyes Don't See

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Wichita State Common Read 2020: Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings

Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings: Dispatches from Kansas by Mark E. McCormick is the 2020 selection for the Wichita State Common Reads program. 

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WSU Reads 2019: Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is the 2019 WSU Reads selection.

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WSU Reads 2018: Just Mercy

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is the chosen book for the 2018 WSU Reads program.

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WSU Reads 2017: The Influencing Machine

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and illustrated by Josh Neufeld is the chosen book for the 2017 WSU Reads. 

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WSU Reads 2016: Start Something That Matters

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