Alumni Book Club
Read and connect with your fellow alumni
Join Cambridge alumni for stimulating conversations about our bimonthly book selection. Discussions will be moderated by a dedicated group leader, who will share additional content and ask questions to prompt debate.
August - September 2022
Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead
Over the course of a century, this memorable and epic novel follows two trailblazing women - one a daredevil aviator and one a modern Hollywood star - searching for self-definition and freedom.
Great Circle was a New York Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize and the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction, and Time’s #1 Fiction Book of 2021.
Suggested Reading Schedule
- On August 5th, reply to the Before the Book question and start reading
- By August 19th, finish reading through “Grace Kelly”
- By August 26th, finish reading through “Millionaire’s Row”
- By September 2nd, finish reading through “Lodgings”
- By September 16th, finish reading through “The War”
- By September 30th, finish reading the book and visit After the Book in our forum
Alumni Book Club members vote during each reading period to choose the next book. The selection of books on which you vote is usually based on participants’ interests, member recommendations and Cambridge authors. The very first book in June 2020 was pre-selected to get the group started.
Alumni are responsible for sourcing their own books.
Participants can either buy, borrow or download a copy of the chosen book.
No, the book club will be entirely online. The advantage of this is that alumni living all over the world can participate, meaning we will get diverse perspectives on the texts we read.
Our book club will have a dedicated moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for alumni to connect with each other.
Books will be read every two months.
If you have on average 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There is no required level of participation in group discussions; if don’t have time to read one of the books that's okay. The goal of the club is to make connections with other alumni through reading, so if you don’t have time to read one of the books, that’s ok.
Participation is free for Cambridge alumni.
Readers are responsible for buying, borrowing or downloading the texts we read.