Alpha Readers Book Club

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Alpha Readers

The Alpha Readers Book Club reads a wide variety of selections that stimulate conversation among the best literary minds within the Academy. There are no requirements to be a part of the club, other than to read the selections and attend the discussions, which are usually held over scrumptions meals. In attendance at the meetings are not just students, but faculty and staff members from across the campus as well, providing a unique opportunity for students and adults to interact and exchange ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


Alpha Readers Reading Selections 

Below is just a sampling of some of the past selections since the Alpha Readers Book Club began in 2006. 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, New York Review Books edition
Boy by Roald Dahl 
"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Sir A. Conan Doyle
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
We Are All Completely beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler
Man's Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
“The Stage-coach” from Old Christmas by Washington Irving
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Clockwork Teddy by John J. Lamb
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Harpo Speaks about New York by Harpo Marx
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
Ludlow by David Mason
The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
True Grit by Charles Portis
What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel
Firmin: The Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
Cane by Jean Toomer
Alone Together:  Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle 
Candide by Voltaire 
‚ÄčCat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse
Old School by Tobias Wolff 
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham