Alpha Readers, 2016 - 2017
By Lucas Costa, Alpha Readers President
In its twelfth year of operation, the Alpha Readers Book Club remains one of R-MA’s best-kept secrets. We hold no grand ceremonies, nor do we boast a large membership. We do however, expand upon the already sterling curriculum of the English department. Since the beginning of the 2016 academic school year we have read and discussed two novels, the classic sci-fi thriller by Jack Finney, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the Western classic True Grit by Charles Portis.
Those two masterpieces have stimulated conversation among the best literary minds the English department chair, Mr. Robert Davies, could find. The extensive library that Mr. Davies has read and shares with this exclusive club enriches all of our minds. The books we’ve read just this year bring the fresh perspectives of an independent young girl in a man’s Western world and the paranoid imagination which created Body Snatchers. Both books have been made into classic films twice. Our group of scholars, which includes about twenty students and English and math teachers, will reconvene over great food and even better literature for years to come as one of the most rewarding extracurricular activities R-MA has to offer.
Our new selection is We Are All Completely beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler.