Virtual Alumni Book Club
The Radford University Alumni Association invites you to "Read with Radford" and join our Virtual Alumni Book Club. Join other Radford alumni and friends to continue to learn beyond the classroom. Share your own curiosity and engage with other members of the Radford Family through thought-provoking comments in our private group. At the end of each book, we will invite participants to dive a little deeper and join in on a zoom discussion.
We will explore one book per quarter and our alumni will help us choose our next reading selection. You may share your book suggestions with us anytime by submitting your recommendations on this online form.
Next book begins: April 5, 2021
The Four Winds
By Kristin Hannah
Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.
In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.
How do I join the virtual book club?
- Step One: Log into Facebook and search for our Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group.
- Step Two: Request to join the Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group. Once you have requested group membership and have answered the entry questions, you will be granted access by our group moderator.
- Step Three: Start reading and join the conversation!
How frequent is the book club?
The Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club will explore four books a year, one per season. The Radford Alumni team has chosen the first book; however, future books will be selected from nominations submitted by our alumni. You may share your suggestions by submitting a recommendation form. (include web link when live) The selected text will be announced two months before discussions begin.
Do I need to read every book?
There is no formal time commitment for the book club – you can spend as much or as little time participating as you’d like. We will provide as much supplemental material as possible for each book, so everyone is able to participate, even if you don’t have time to read the book cover to cover.
How does a virtual discussion work?
Once you’re a member of the Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group, you’ll be able to participate by commenting, posing questions to fellow readers, and responding to others' comments. The book club moderator will help lead regular discussions, but all alumni and friends are welcome to chime in with their own questions and take-aways from the book.
At the completion of each book, the Radford Alumni team will host a zoom meeting for a virtual discussion for interested participants.
Can I recommend a book for the club to read?
Of course! While we do try to feature authors from the Radford community, like faculty or alumni, we’re open to all suggestions. Use this form to submit a suggestion.
What if I still have questions?
We’re here to help! You can contact our book club moderator, Michelle, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 703-489-4144.