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UW Biology Book Club Winter 2021

Newsletter issue:

Join UW Biology Book Club this winter quarter as we read Real Life by Brandon Taylor. For the first time in our short history as a book club, we've selected a novel! Book club meetings are open to all! This is a no-pressure book club; please join in the conversation even if you haven't read the book. Please email Sheryl Medrano ( for Zoom link to discussions.

Book Club Dates:

  • Friday, February 5, from 9:30-10:30 (Chapters 1-4)
  • Friday, February 26, from 9:30-10:30 (Chapters 5-10)

Excerpt from Goodreads:

Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree. An introverted young man from Alabama, black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends...But over the course of a late-summer weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with an ostensibly straight, white classmate, conspire to fracture his defenses while exposing long-hidden currents of hostility and desire within their community. 

Content warning: We recognize that Real Life includes sensitive topics that may be triggering for some individuals. Included below is a list of UW resources created for students. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out. 

SafeCampus (Students can call SafeCampus anytime to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for themselves and others)
LiveWell (This program supports the personal and social development of students by providing evidence-based information and education to help enhance life skills)
Counseling Center/Hall Health (Provides services and support for mental and physical health)