Porch Reads

    Porch Reads is a book club exclusively for undergraduate students at the University of Dayton. Benefits include free books, free food, lively discussions, and a chance to win bookstore credit. RSVP to a discussion and find out how to pick up a free book by emailing

    Students may sign up to pick up a free copy of a book. Books selected for Porch Reads are announced early on in the semester. Discussions are held in an informal setting over food and refreshments with select members of the teaching faculty. Students who participate have the opportunity to win credit to the University of Dayton bookstore. We encourage you to participate and enjoy a variety of titles with us this year. Here's to good reads!

    dark places by Gillian Flynn

    The Fall 2014 Porch Reads book is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl.

    In order to get a free book, you must RSVP and attend the discussion on Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. in Marianist Hall, Room 205. The discussion leader is Art Jipson, Associate Professor of Sociology.

    Book summary: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived and testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club, locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history. She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club--for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started--on the run from a killer.