For July, the UNF Alumni Book Club will be reading "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," by Muriel Barbery. An enchanting New York Times and international bestseller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege and power seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl. Renée Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior (“short, ugly and plump”) and demeanor (“poor, discreet and insignificant”) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the 16th of June, her 13th birthday. Both Renée and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Renée, winning Paloma's trust and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us. The Alumni Book Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Office of Alumni Services located at Alumni Hall. Beverages and snacks will be provided. To join us or for more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Services by calling (904) 620-4723 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.