UW Retirement Association

Book Group

UWRA’s book group meets on the second Friday of every month, September through June.

Meetings are currently virtual (using Zoom) most months, with in-person meetings in October and April.

In this group, everyone reads the book! Discussions are lively, with participants who retired from roles all over the University bringing a wide variety of knowledge, experience, and opinions.

All UWRA and UWFA members are welcome to join in the fun. Please email UWRA and we’ll connect you with the volunteer who leads the group. Find the books that have been selected for upcoming months on the UWRA calendar.

Summer Reading Suggestions 2022

June’s meeting of the UWRA Book Review group was Reader’s Choice. Every member was invited to share two titles they would recommend for the rest of the group. The list becomes a resource as the group makes its choices for next year’s discussions. Here is the June 2022 list (in no particular order; NF=nonfiction, F=Fiction, B=biography):

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (NF) by Stephen Greenblatt

Disappearing Earth (F) by Julia Phillips

Hamnet (F) by Maggie O’Farrell

Madame Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (B)  by Susan Page

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (B) by Andrea Wulf

Until the Sun Falls (F) by Cecelia Holland. The 2015 edition of this historical fiction is updated.

Love Medicine (F) by Louise Erdich

All that She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack (NF ) by Tiya Miles

Varina (F) by Charles Frazier

Circe (F) by Madelaine Miller

The Body: A Guide for Occupants (NF) by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything (NF) by Bill Bryson

Harlem Shuffle (F)  by Colson Whitehead

My Only Choice: Hungary 1942-1956 (NF) by Helen M. Szablya (UWRA author)

The Sea of Tranquility (F) by Emily St. John Mandel

Husband and Wife (F) by Zeruya Shalev

Love Life (F) by Zeruya Shalev

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream (NF) by Buzz Bissinger

A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam (NF) by Mary Reynolds Powell

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney

Unsheltered (F) by Barbara Kingsolver

Cloud Cuckoo Land (F) by Anthony Doerr

Dancer (B) by Colum McCann

Letters from Dachau (NF) by Clarice Wilsey and and Bob Welch

Mercy Street (F) by Jenifer Haigh

Project Hail Mary (F) by Andy Weir

My Name is Lucy Barton (F) by Elizabeth Strout

Oh, William (F) by Elizabeth Strout

Sweet Thunder (F) by Ivan Doig

All the Light We Cannot See (F) by Anthony Doerr

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (B) by Jon Meacham

The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels (NF) by Jon Meacham

The Lions of Al-Rassan (F) by Gavriel Guy Kay

Possession (F) by A.S Byatt

The Dutch House (F) by Anne Patchett

A Gentleman in Moscow (F) by Amor Towles

Wolf Hall (F) by Hilary Mantel

Manhattan Beach (F) by Jennifer Egan

Bleak House (F) by Dickens

Insect Dreams (F) by Marc Estrin

The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters (B) by Julie Klam

The Curious Life of Krill (NF) by Steven Nicol

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art (NF) by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty (B) by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe