Virtual Book Club

Set in a private online community, alumni can connect with each other and enjoy books related to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, and other user-submitted ideas. Together, we read a book every two months. Choose just one or all — whatever works for your schedule or speaks to your interest. There is no cost to participate – you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.

Sign up by August 5 to join us for our next selection, Before We Visit the Goddess by University of Houston’s Chitra Divakaruni, Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing.

As we begin, join us for a virtual introduction with Dr. Divakaruni during our Author Talk on Tuesday, August 10 at 12:00 PM. RSVP HERE

“What a powerful piece of literature from a wonderfully humble author! And she is part of our family, a member of the University of Houston faculty! Our Creative Writing Program is one of the best in the nation, and we know why.”
Dr. Renu Khator
President, University of Houston

Current Selection
starting August 5, 2021

Before We Visit the Goddess
by Chitra Divakaruni

Sweeping across the twentieth century, from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas, Before We Visit the Goddess takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the lives of three unforgettable women: Sabitri, Bela, and Tara. As the young daughter of a poor rural baker, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but schooling is impossible on the meager profits from her mother’s sweetshop. When a powerful local woman takes Sabitri under her wing, her generous offer soon proves dangerous after Sabitri makes a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees to America with her political refugee lover—but the world she finds is vastly different from her dreams. As the marriage crumbles and Bela decides to forge her own path, she unwittingly teaches her little girl, Tara, indelible lessons about freedom and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.


How it works

The book club will connect through a private online forum where members can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend approximately two months on each book, so you’ll have plenty of time to read. You can sign up and learn more.
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For all other questions, please email alumni@uh.edu.