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: The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
Start date: October 24, 2022

Interested? Go ahead and join our private Alumni Book Club group on Facebook!

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The Diamond Eye

by Kate Quinn

The bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.

In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper—a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.

Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC—until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.

Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.

 

 

FAQs

How do I join the virtual book club?

  1. Step One: Log into Facebook and search for our Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 mvalcourt@radford.edu or by calling 703-489-4144.