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, September 28, 2017 - Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Dragon Teeth by Michael Creichton
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 - The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
    December 2017 - no meeting (Happy Holidays)
    Thursday, January 25, 2017 -   Run by Ann Patchett

    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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    Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr

    Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town, he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes. 

    Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks's house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer. 

    When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Dragon Teeth by Michael Creichton

    The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

    Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.  With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William’s newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West’s most notorious characters.

    A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.

    Thursday, November 16, 2017 - The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

     

     

     

     

  • Past Books Reviewed

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    July 27, 2017 - Morning Glory by LaVerle Spencer
    June 22, 2017 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    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.