Campus Book Clubs Open to New Members

Posted: August 23, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

When you can’t read one more academic journal and can’t bear to look at your catalog copy another time, it’s time to slip away from your office and discuss the books you read for fun with a few friends and colleagues. Two book clubs for faculty and staff meet monthly on the Fairfax Campus and are always open to new members.

The Nonfiction Book Club reads only nonfiction, and members decide together what they will read the following month. This month the club is reading the best-selling Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. The book discussion will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s third-floor alcove.

In recent months this group read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker. For more information, contact Nancy Murphy at

The Mason Hall Book Club meets at noon on the last Tuesday of each month. This club reads mostly fiction and the members take turns choosing a book for the group. This month the group is reading Shadow Baby by Alison McGhee. The book discussion will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the D217 conference room in Mason Hall.

In recent months the group has read Atonement by Ian McEwan, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. For more information, contact Lynn Burke at

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