Alumni Book Club

Western University Alumni Book Club

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Ready to Reconnect through Reading?

Join our online Western community as we dive into the world of literature! Connect with fellow graduates as we explore an exciting array of genres and topics that will ignite your curiosity and spark engaging discussions. From gripping novels to insightful memoirs, there’s something for everyone!

How it works:

  • Pick up a copy of the book - Western Libraries, Western Bookstore, your library or online.
  • Find a comfy spot for yourself to read.
  • Connect and discuss through private forums!

Joining the book club is completely free and exclusive to Western Alumni and friends!

Current Read: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

May 18 – Jul 26

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father's good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Upcoming Read: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

August 2 – October 4

remarkably bright creatures

After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors--until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late.

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