Alumni Book Club

We're excited to announce the launch of the Nazareth College Alumni Book Club! In this online community, alumni can connect with each other to read and discuss books on a range of topics. There is no cost to participate -- all you'll need to do is get a copy of the book and log in to connect with fellow classmates. 


How it Works

The book club connects through a private online forum where members can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend approximately 2 months on each book, so you'll have plenty of time to read. 

Why Should You Join?

1. An opportunity to connect and reconnect with your peers and classmates.

2. Engage in a lifelong learning community.

3. Reading is great! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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2021-2022 Reading Periods

  • May 27 - July 29, 2021
  • August 5 - October 7, 2021
  • October 14 - December 16, 2021
  • January 6 - March 10, 2022
  • March 17 - May 20, 2022

Current book

The leavers

Overview: One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. 

With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. 
Told from the perspective of both Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heart-wrenching choice after another. 

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. 

Praise for The Leavers

  • Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles TimesBuzzFeedBustle, and Electric Literature

Previous Reads

long bright river