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, June 22, 2017  - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Morning Glory by LaVerle Spencer

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore

    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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    June 22, 2017 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

    “Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal -A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

    A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.


    July 27, 2017 - Morning Glory by LaVerle Spencer
    In town, they called her “Crazy Widow Dinsmore.” But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule—she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old house under the strict eye of her eccentric grandparents. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way.

    Will Parker drifted into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer, hoping to put his lonely past behind him. He yearned for the tenderness he had never known, the home he’d never had. All he needed was for someone to give him a chance.

    Then he saw her classified ad: WANTED—A husband. When he stepped across Elly Dinsmore’s cluttered yard, Will knew he had come home at last…
    “Spencer is a master storyteller, and this is one of her best.”—Rendezvous 

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Sacre Blue: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore

    Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular, New York Times bestselling satirist whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls, “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination” has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death…even Santa Claus! Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacré Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacré Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper  Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.

     

     

  • Past Books Reviewed

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    May 25, 2017 - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shatterly
    April 27, 2017 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    March 23, 2017 - A Town Like Alice by Nevil Schute
    February 23, 2017 - The Whistler by John Grisham
    January 26, 2017 - Children of Men by P.D. James
    November 17, 2016 - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
    October 27, 2016 - Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
    September 22, 2016 - Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
    August 25, 2016 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Cards
    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.