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 October 14 to join us for our next selection, Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge.

Current Selection
starting October 14, 2021

Libertie
by Kaitlyn Greenidge

The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.

Coming of age in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her light-skinned mother, Libertie will not be able to pass for white. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.

Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new and immersive novel will resonate with readers eager to understand our present through a deep, moving, and lyrical dive into our past.


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.
PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies, libraries, and alumni associations. They will be moderating our book club to help make this program a great experience for all participants. Please email them at info@pbc.guru with any questions about the platform or visit their website at pbc.guru.
For all other questions, please email alumni@uh.edu.