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U of R Need to Read Alumni & Friends Online Book Club


Thank you to all the alumni (over 200!) who jumped in to join us as part of the launch of the University of Regina Alumni & Friends Online Book Club in June 2020! Our book club focuses on the incredible benefits (and fun) of lifelong learning, with topics ranging from leadership to personal growth – and so much more. As a member, you get to vote on book club selections for each reading period. Book club members participate through a private forum where alumni and friends can discuss the current book and connect with each other – available 24/7 around the globe!


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb











Our current book club members voted and the Summer 2021 reading session book is:

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed
By Lori Gottlieb

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives -- a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys -- she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.

The Leavers
By Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

The next reading and discussion session begins August 5, 2021!

Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to pick up a copy of the book at your library, a bookstore or online from Online purchases made through using our link help support the U of R Student Emergency Fund for students whose lives and finances have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group will read one book every two months, so you will have plenty of time to read. Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book. Life is challenging enough - we’ve designed our book club to be stress free!


  Missed out on our virtual chat with Jesse? View the recording!

Virtual Fireside Chat with Jesse Thistle
Author of From the Ashes: My Story of being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
Wednesday, November 25, 2020)

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