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About the Book Club

Book Club at HPU Libraries welcomes the entire HPU communitystudents, faculty, staff, and alumnito participate. Once per semester (spring, summer, and fall) we meet to discuss our latest text. All book selections are available as freely accessible eBooks in HPU Libraries' collection. Book selections span a range of genres, subjects, and formats, but will uniformly provide platforms for consciousness raising. The book club aims to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion among the HPU community.

Book Club at HPU Libraries is predicated on the idea that reading, whether fiction or nonfiction, is a constructive process that better equips readers to practice creative and critical thinking in all areas of academia, and is furthermore meaningful in its own right. It is part of HPU Libraries' initiative to create a space for readers to connect with one another, exchange interpretations and ideas, and build richer insights into texts, and both our shared and divergent experiences.

The book club began in the spring 2020 semester. Join us for a good read and virtual discussion.


Summer 2021 Meeting

Celebrate PRIDE MONTH with author and trans rights activist Janet Mock! Black, Brown, Trans, LGBTQ+ Pride Flag

We'll extend the celebration and meet to discuss Tuesday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Book cover of redefining realnessRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

by Janet Mock | 2014 | Read the eBook

Mock, a trans woman of Hawaiian and Black descent, relays her experience growing up in Kalihi, on Oʻ​ahu. She imparts hardships she experienced--poverty and complex parents with addictions--as well as moments of light, like finding support in Hawaiian culture for māhū, and the embrace of family and friends. 

Throughout her narrative, Mock offers accessible language and insight on an underrepresented and marginalized population, while recognizing that her journey is unique to her. Ultimately, Redefining Realness is Mock's story of achieving self-realization and practicing authenticity. 

* This memoir includes Mock's personal recollections of sexual abuse and sex work.

** This ebook is available for three simultaneous readers. If you try to access it and it is in use by three readers already, please try again later. 


"A classic American autobiography. Like Richard Wright and Maya Angelou, Janet Mock brings us into a world we may not know and with breathtaking insight, courage, and masterful craft makes her story universal." - Barbara Smith

"Told with a spirit of raw honesty that moves beyond confession to redemptive revelation, this book is a life map for transformation — for changing minds. A heart-rending autobiography of love, longing, and fulfillment." - bell hooks

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