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.

Our next selection will start May 27, 2022.

Current Selection
starting May 27, 2022

Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
by Cheryl Diamond

“Nowhere Girl is a courageous, heart-breaking, and beautifully written story of a girl doing everything in her power to protect the ones she loves.” – Paul Haggis, Academy Award-winning writer/director of Crash, Million Dollar Baby, and Casino Royale

Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood is a “breathless” story about growing up in a family of outlaws. To the young Cheryl Diamond, life felt like one big adventure, whether she was hurtling down the Himalayas in a rickety car or mingling with underworld fixers. Her family appeared to be an unbreakable gang of five. One day they were in Australia, the next in South Africa, the pattern repeating as they crossed continents, changed identities, and erased their pasts. What Diamond didn’t yet know was that she was born into a family fleeing from the highest international law enforcement agencies, a family with secrets that would eventually catch up to all of them. By the time she was in her teens, Diamond had lived dozens of lives and lies, but as she grew older, love and trust turned to fear and violence, and her family—the only people she had in the world—began to unravel. She started to realize that her life itself might be a big con, and the people she loved, the most dangerous of all. With no way out and her identity burned so often that she had no proof she even existed, all that was left was a girl from nowhere. Surviving would require her to escape, and to do so Diamond would have to unlearn all the rules she grew up with. Wild, heartbreaking, and often unexpectedly funny, Nowhere Girl is an impossible-to-believe true story of self-discovery and triumph.

There is no cost to participate – you just have to secure a copy of the book!  And, we’re excited to share that the author will be joining us for a Livestream event exclusively for book club members!


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.

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