Alumni Book Club
Read and connect with your fellow alumni
Join Cambridge alumni for stimulating conversations about our bimonthly book selection. Discussions will be moderated by a dedicated group leader, who will share additional content and ask questions to prompt debate.
October - December 2022
Honor: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar
In this riveting and immersive novel, bestselling author Thrity Umrigar tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.
Suggested Reading Schedule
- On October 14th, reply to the Before the Book question and begin reading Honor
- By October 28th, finish reading through Chapter 7
- By November 4th, finish reading through Chapter 15
- By November 10th, finish reading through Chapter 24
- By November 25th, finish reading through Chapter 33
- By December 9th, finish reading the book and comment in our After the Book discussion topic
Live Author Talk with Thrity Umrigar, author of Honor: A Novel
Wednesday, 7th December at 7pm (GMT)
Register now and enjoy the opportunity to hear from Thrity Umrigar as she discusses Honor. Umrigar will take part in a moderated interview and answer questions about her powerful novel. Throughout the reading period, we invite you to help shape our Author Talk by submitting your questions to the forum here. Sharing questions in advance not only helps frame the discussion but also gives you a chance to get answers to lingering questions.
Alumni Book Club members vote during each reading period to choose the next book. The selection of books on which you vote is usually based on participants’ interests, member recommendations and Cambridge authors. The very first book in June 2020 was pre-selected to get the group started.
Alumni are responsible for sourcing their own books.
Participants can either buy, borrow or download a copy of the chosen book.
No, the book club will be entirely online. The advantage of this is that alumni living all over the world can participate, meaning we will get diverse perspectives on the texts we read.
Our book club will have a dedicated moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for alumni to connect with each other.
Books will be read every two months.
If you have on average 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There is no required level of participation in group discussions; if don’t have time to read one of the books that's okay. The goal of the club is to make connections with other alumni through reading, so if you don’t have time to read one of the books, that’s ok.
Participation is free for Cambridge alumni.
Readers are responsible for buying, borrowing or downloading the texts we read.