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Faculty and Staff Book Club

A book club for the faculty and staff of Allen Community College

The Faculty and Staff book club is a little different than the average book club. Instead of everyone reading the same book, we have the choice of three books in the same genre. Everyone reads the book of choice and then we gather to discuss the books without giving away spoilers to other club members who might not have read that book. It is a great way for people who love reading to talk about books and get referrals for new books. 

Browse the selected books and fill out the form on the left side of the page. Your book will be ordered and you will be contacted when the book has arrived. Readers on the Burlingame campus will receive books on the courier. 

Book Selection #1.

   

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Considered one of the first mystery novels, "The Woman in White" is Wilkie Collins's epistolary novel that tells the tale of Walter Hartright, who encounters a woman all dressed in white on a moonlit road in Hampstead. Hartright helps the woman to find her way back to London. The woman warns him against an unnamed baronet and when they part he discovers that she may have escaped from an asylum. Hartright travels to Cumberland where he takes up as an art tutor and meets two half-sisters, Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, who are somehow entangled with this mysterious "woman in white".

Book Selection #2

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The  story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolmaster from Connecticut who has moved to the New York countryside settlement of Tarry Town whose secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow is haunted by an infamous spectre, the Headless Horseman.

Book Selection #3

By the comforts of a blazing fireplace on a cold Christmas Eve night, guests at a holiday party share stories of phantoms and ghosts of Christmases past. Yet one guest delivers a tale of sheer fright for which no one listening was prepared. As the story goes, after losing both parents, a young boy and girl move into a large wooded estate to be held under the care of their uncle. Wanting nothing to do with raising the children, the uncle hires a young governess to attend to their care. Yet the governess never could have anticipated the horrors that await her discovery. When it becomes evident that the children have some supernatural connection with a deceased former governess and her lover, the young governess finds herself scrambling to regain control of two children slipping away from her grasp.