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The Better Together Online Book Club!

We are a library sponsored, district wide, online, common-reading book club for the STLCC community.  Each semester we will feature two books that share a related theme, but present a difference in genre or perspective.  Each book will have its own LibGuide that will feature interesting links, articles, videos, etc...as well as its own discussion board.  We encourage you to respectfully engage with each other on these boards and connect through the power of a good book. Most of all, we hope you have fun!

Hatching Twitter: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy of the book

Do I Have to Read Both Books?

Of course not!  This is a club about the pleasure of reading.  Only read the title that interests you (or both if you're a book nerd like us).  Not feeling either book?  Bookmark this page because next semester we'll announce two new books!

Fall 2017 Featured Selections with Synopses

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton

"Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways. Now Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders-Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass-went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time's list of the world's most influential people. Bilton's exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting-drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails-have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of fame, influence, and power. He also captures the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate"-- Provided by publisher.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

"The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world--even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge"-- Provided by publisher.

Contact the Better Together Team!

Have a question or concern?  Please email the Better Together Team and we'll respond as soon as we can!

Stacey Lampman, Chair (slampman@stlcc.edu)

Susan Albert (salbert10@stlcc.edu)

Joni Hynes (jhynes7@stlcc.edu)

Katy Smith (kesmith@stlcc.edu)

If you have a library question, click here for the Ask a Librarian options!

The Circle: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy of the book

Tell Us About Your Reading Habits

How Often Do You Read For Pleasure?
1 book a year: 0 votes (0%)
1 book a month: 0 votes (0%)
1 book a week: 2 votes (100%)
Not at all: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2
What is Your Favorite Genre?
Fiction: 2 votes (100%)
Non-Fiction: 0 votes (0%)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 0 votes (0%)
Biography/Autobiography: 0 votes (0%)
Historical Fiction: 0 votes (0%)
Graphic Novel/Comics/Manga: 0 votes (0%)
Young Adult/Children's: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2

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