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The Crystal Book Club--Open to all Crystal community members!

Attention readers: Please join us for the Crystal Book Club!
Through this online platform, members of the Crystal community can connect and enjoy books related to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology, and other user-submitted ideas. There is no cost to participate – you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.

You can sign up here or keep reading to learn more.

How it works
The book club will connect through a private online forum where people can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend two months on each book, so you'll have plenty of time to read. You can sign up and learn more here.

For future book recommendations, we will ask for your suggestions and possibly bring in alumni, faculty, and parent authors and discussion moderators.

Why should you join?
There are three main reasons why we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:
  1. Connect with fellow Crystal folks
  2. Be a part of a lifelong learning community
  3. Reading is good for you!

PBC Guru will manage the book club. PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies and alumni associations and will be moderating the group to help make this program a great experience for all participants. Please email them at with any questions or visit their website at to see more of what they do.

March-May 2022

Current Book: The Henna Artist
You are sure to be captivated by Lakshmi and her struggle to maintain her independence in a world hostile to trailblazing women. But don’t take our word for it! The Henna Artist earned almost universal praise when it came out, including these raves: 

“Author Alka Joshi’s evocative descriptions capture India’s sensory ambiance…drawing readers deep into her moving story. Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.” - Publisher’s Weekly 

“Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the not-so-distant past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on.” - Booklist
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