Fall '19 Book Club: "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

Written By Book Club Co-Chair Samantha DeRidder (D3) 

            At the beginning of each semester, ASDA Book Club selects a book for students to read for enjoyment (you may be thinking “when will I have time for that” but you have all semester, so don’t worry!) and hosts a meeting towards the end of the semester. The meeting is a social gathering which involves a lot of food, beverages, fun, and as much discussion of the chosen book as students are comfortable with. 

            The book for this semester will be Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

            This book was chosen because of the impact it has on its readers. I (Samantha) read it over August break and still can’t keep my eyes dry when I think about how good it was. Where the Crawdads Sing is a murder mystery alongside a coming of age novel that connects your heart to a character through a love letter to nature written in beautiful poetic prose. 

Book club gatherings have been a highlight of each of my semesters in dental school. The former book club chairs, Alex Padalino (D4) and Corbin Rusteberg (D4), did a great job planning gatherings that students were excited to attend. They left big shoes to fill when it comes to leading fun meetings, and I am eager to keep the momentum going with fun book club socials this year. 

The new book club co-chairs also include Carolyn Patt (D3) and Annalise Avers (D2). We enjoy getting groups of people together in a way that makes everyone feel welcomed and included our the events. If you’re interested, we want to encourage students from all classes to come hang out with us and talk about good literature!

Through ASDA we have met many people that we otherwise might not have had a chance to get to know. We hope that Book Club will continue to help the MUSoD community build more personal relationships. School is more fun when you become closer to the people you see every day!

Our main goal for book club is to encourage all of us busy dental students to take some time out of the semester to unwind with a book for enjoyment and remind students that reading can be for fun—not just for studying! We hope that Where the Crawdads Sing is a book you enjoy as much as we did, and look forward to seeing you at our end of semester meeting!

Visit the Book Club website and find the link to order this semester’s book here: