Join the debate as we review each month’s book selection. The Alumni Book Club usually meets the fourth Thursday of each month (see schedule below) at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 4864 211th St, Matteson, IL (corner of Cicero and Rt 30).

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  • Schedule

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    We currently meet at 6:30 pm. at Panera Bread (Lincoln Highway-Rt 30 and Cicero Avenue)

    Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

    To join the Alumni Book Club, please email alumnirelations2@govst.edu to be put on the notification list.

  • Summaries of upcoming books

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    August 25, 2016 - Ender's Game

    In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

    Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

    September 22, 2016 - Whistling Past the Graveyard

    Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . . 
    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.

    October 27, 2016 - Headhunter by Jo Nesbo

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II—and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.

    [Amazon Review]

  • Past Books Reviewed

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    July 28, 2016 - You Before Me by JoJo Moyes
    June 23, 2016 - The Fifth Gospel  by Ian Caldwell
    May 26, 2016 - The Monument Men  by Robert M Edsel
    April 28, 2016 - The Witches: Salem, 1692  by Stacy Schiff
    March 24, 2016 - The Martian  by Andy Weir
    February 25, 2016 - Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Havenby Susan Shreve
    January 28, 2016 - Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by Mildred D. Taylor
    November 19, 2015 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullough
    October 22,2015 - A Country of Strangers by Susan Richard Shreve
    September 24, 2015 - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    August 27, 2015 - The Secret Lives of Bees by Susan Monk Kidd
    July 27, 2015 - The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
    June, 2015 - Love in the Time of Cholera  by  Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    May, 2015 - NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
    April 2015 - The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
    March, 2015 - The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
    February, 2015 - American Sniper by Chris Kyle
    January, 2015 - The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
    December, 2014 - No meeting
    November 20, 2014 - Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
    October 23, 2014 - The Alchemist by Paulo Coeho
    September 25  2014 - The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
    August 28, 2014 - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    July 24, 2014 - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    June 26, 2014 - Divergent by Veronica Roth
    May 22, 2014 - One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
    April 24, 2014 - The Poisenwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    March 27, 2014 - The Firm by John Grisham
    February 27, 2014 - The Stranger by Albert Camus
    January 23, 2014 - Devil in a White City by Erik Larson
    December, 2013 - No meeting
    November 21, 2013 - Where are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark
    October 24, 2013 – Revolutionary Road  by Richard Yates
    September 26, 2013 - Native Son by Richard Wright
    August 15, 2013 - Native Tongue by Carl Hiaason
    July 25, 2013 - Life of Pi  by Yann Martel
    June 25, 2013 - The Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini 
    May 23, 2013 - Unbroken  by Laura Hillenbrand
    April 25, 2013 - The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones
    March 21, 2013 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    February 28, 2013 - No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
    January 24, 2013 - Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
    December, 2013 - No meeting
    November 15, 2012 - Nop's Trials by Donald McCaig
    October 25, 2012 - The Other Wes Moore  by Wes Moore
    September 27, 2012 - The Host  by Stephanie Meyer
    August 27, 2012 - The Pacific Vortex  by Clive Cussler
    July 26, 2012 - A Tale of Two Cities  by Charles Dickens
    June 26, 2012 - The Lucky One  by Nicholas Sparks
    May 24, 2012 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    April 26, 2012 - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    March 22, 2012 - The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
    February 23, 2012 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    January 26, 2012 - Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears by Robert Conley
    December 22, 2012 - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    November 17, 2011 - High Five by Janet Evanovich
    October 27, 2011 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Stockett
    September 22, 2011 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    August 25, 2011 - The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
    July 28, 2011 -The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
    June 16, 2011 -The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

     

  • Celebrating GSU Alumni Authors

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    GSU applauds its many alumni authors.  If you have authored and published a book, please let us know.