In this online community, alumni and parents can connect with each other and enjoy reading, lifelong learning, personal growth and conversation.
Sign up by February 4, 2019 to participate in the full discussion for the first book selection.
What is the Virtual Book Club?
We have partnered with PBC Guru to create a virtual book club for Ursinus College alumni and parents, covering lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books the participants are interested in. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is completely free, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read one book every two months so that you’ll have plenty of time for each book.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?
The texts selected will be lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you should be fine.
How do book club discussions work?
The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru 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 readers to connect with each other through the forum.
What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the Ursinus College book club?
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. Ursinus College is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for Ursinus College Alumni and Parents. You can check out their website at pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
February & March Discussion:
Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.
From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.