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UW Alumni Book Club

The UWAA, UW Libraries and University Book Store invite all interested readers to join the UW Alumni Book Club. An online forum for the curious reader, our bookshelf has a place for personal stories, timely topics and transformative fiction.

Read. Question. Discuss. Learn. Together, we read a book every two months. Choose just one or all six — whatever works for your schedule or speaks to your interest.

You’ll receive regular emails to help you get the most of your reading experience, from suggested timelines to moderated online discussions facilitated by Professional Book Club Guru.

It’s never a bad time to discover a good book. Take your reading to the next level and join the conversation and community of the UW Alumni Book Club.

Current Selection

Book cover: "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong

Reading period begins May 27

This epistolary novel was an immediate and enduring bestseller, described by the Los Angeles Times as a “series of high notes that trembles exquisitely almost without break.”

From the publisher:

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.

University Book Store Pack Rewards members save 20%* on Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” when purchasing in-store or online with the code UWAAVUONG by July 29, 2021. UWAA Members qualify for Pack Rewards at University Book Store. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” Book Chat

Wed. July 28, 2021 | 4–5 p.m.

Gather online to share your thoughts, talk about favorite passages and connect over this groundbreaking debut novel.

Previous Book Club Selections and Resources

*Some restrictions apply; visit for details. Coupon code must be given to cashier to receive discount in-store. Non-Pack Rewards members receive a 10% discount with this coupon code; Pack Rewards members must be logged in to their to receive full discount. Excludes textbook editions of “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” digital purchases, gift cards, shipping services, and only applies to stock on hand or pre-orders placed before Friday, June 4, 2021. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. UWAA Book Club discount is valid Thursday, May 27—Thursday, July 29, 2021, in-store and at

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