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UW Alumni Book Club

Take your reading to the next level. This fall, UWAA is proud to partner with UW Libraries for the launch of the UW Alumni Book Club, a self-paced literary educational experience designed with the eclectic reader in mind. Personal stories, timely topics and transformative fiction will all find a place on our bookshelf.

Together, we’ll read a book every two months. Choose just one or all six — whatever works for your schedule or tickles your curiosity.

You’ll receive regular emails to help you get the most of your reading experience, from suggested timelines to moderated online discussions facilitated by UW staff, faculty and our partners at UW Libraries and Professional Book Club Guru.


Current Book Club Selection

“No-No Boy” by John Okada, ’47, ’51

Begin reading now, discussions begin Nov. 14.

This historical novel tells the story of a Washington state Japanese American in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

“‘No-No Boy’ has the honor of being among the first of what has become an entire literary canon of Asian American literature.”
—Novelist Ruth Ozeki

We strongly recommend you purchase the book from the University of Washington Press. All UWAA members get 30% off at UW Press. Non-members can purchase “No-No Boy” with a 20% discount by using the code WABOOKCLUB.


Past Book Club Selection

“How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims
This book kicked off the UW Alumni Book Club around Labor Day. (Find the book at UW Libraries.)

“This is the stuff of the best parenting advice . . . . A worthwhile read for every parent . . . . Our children are engaged in the serious work of becoming an adult. With this book, Lythcott-Haims provides the missing user manual.”
―The Chicago Tribune

Listen to a conversation between author Julie Lythcott-Haims and UW Political Science and Public Policy Librarian Emily Keller


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