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Monarch Book Club

November 2022: Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Book Cover of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets fo the Universe

About the book

Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side

 

 

 

About the Monarch Book Club

The Monarch Book Club began in the Fall of 2019 to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to connect with the ODU Libraries and with each other through engaging conversations about readings. Our purpose is to provide structure for leisure reading and meaningful discussion of a diverse set of literature to our undergraduate students. The book club is student-driven as much as possible. We encourage students to vote on book selections, to lead group discussions, and to participate in the planning process.

We hope that participants in Monarch Book Club will benefit from interaction with peers who also enjoy reading, lively discussion of a wide range of topics, and by connecting with the University Libraries and the broader campus community.

Process:

  • Any undergraduate student at ODU can participate
  • The first ten students to register receive a free copy of the book (funding pending), giving priority to students who participated in the most recent book club. If you do not receive a free book, we encourage you to try Interlibrary Loan (free), or searching for a used copy at your favorite book store or online vendor. Your public library may also be a good option!
  • Participants should read the book prior to the meeting.
  • We will ask participants for ideas for discussion questions and send discussion questions to participants a week before the meeting.