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AVP Book Club

In conjunction with our service excellence initiative, Enrollment Services is committed to providing a variety of professional development opportunities for our staff. One new opportunity is the AVP Book Club, which meets monthly to discuss books that focus on provocative topics that are challenging higher education, our workplace, and our communities.

The following list of book titles was selected for this series of monthly meetings:

2019 Book Club Selections

Educated: a memoir


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education. Tara's quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.



Becoming by Michelle Obama

A vivid, behind-the-scenes account of Michelle’s family’s history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?

The House of Broken Angels


The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

In his final days, Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party, celebrating and recounting the many inspiring tales that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.

Boundaries for Leaders


Boundaries for Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

*Please note, this selection has been reserved for ES Staff who manage people.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud explains how the best leaders set boundaries within their organizations to improve performance and increase employee and customer satisfaction. Dr. Cloud offers practical advice on how to manage teams, coach direct reports, and instill an organization with strong values and culture.

The Innocent Man


The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Grisham’s first work of nonfiction is an exploration of small-town justice gone terribly awry. A washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free.


Friday Black


Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country while exploring the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. 

The Coddling of the American Mind


The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; Always trust your feelings; and Life is a battle between good people and evil people.

Killers of the Flower Moon


Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gramm

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. A masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, set around an American crime and the birth of the FBI, a thrilling investigative account of a forgotten moment in history.

Your Duck is My Duck


Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg

These six stories gently compel us to confront the most disturbing truths about ourselves—from our intimate lives as lovers, parents, and children, to our equally troubling roles as citizens on a violent, terrifying planet. In Eisenberg’s world, the forces of money, sex, and power cannot be escaped, and the force of history, whether confronted or denied, cannot be evaded.



Dopesick by Beth Macy

An unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines, from a New York Times bestselling author and journalist who has lived through the devastating opioid crisis in America. In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction.

What the Eyes Don't See


What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

The inspiring story of a pediatrician’s discovery that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and the battle to expose that truth to the world. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

An American Marriage


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South, but they are ripped apart by unimaginable circumstances. An intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward.

Previous Book Club Selections

2018 AVP Book Club