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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

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

Every year, nearly 30 million Americans sit on a therapist’s couch—and some of these patients are therapists. In her remarkable new book, Lori Gottlieb tells us that despite her license and rigorous training, her most significant credential is that she’s a card-carrying member of the human race.

“An addictive book that’s part Oliver Sacks and part Nora Ephron. Prepare to be riveted.” —People Magazine, Book of the Week

Past Book Club Selections

“No-No Boy” by John Okada, ’47, ’51

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.

Keep learning

English Professor Shawn Wong discusses his work creating the field of Asian American literature, his role in the publication of “No-No Boy” in the 1970s and his fight with Penguin Publishing when they illegally published the book this summer.

A conversation with Danielle Higa, ’07, and Caitlin Oiye Coon, ’02, descendants of incarcerated Japanese Americans who now work at Densho, an organization that works to preserve and share history of Japanese incarceration.

Professor Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in Children and Youth Services and Chair of the Master of Library and Information Science program, talks about diversity and representation in literature and the importance of #OwnVoices writers.


Read the UW Magazine story on the book: “The legacy of ‘No-No Boy'” by Vince Schleitwiler

Attend the Friends of the Library Annual Lecture: “‘No-No Boy’: The Story of How a Novel goes from 1500 Copies Sold to 158,000 Copies” with speaker Shawn Wong on Jan. 30

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

Keep learning

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

Listen to Julie Lythcott-Haim’s Oct. 1 lecture at Kane Hall.

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