Join us on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the home of Lane Owsley and Alaine Davis in Kenmore for a discussion of the WUUC Nonfiction Book selection. We will meet to discuss Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg.

This is the first book by Aziz Ansari, a stand-up comedian best known for playing Tom Haverford on the late, great television show “Parks and Recreation.” He decided to write it after he got to thinking about “how and why the whole culture of finding love and a mate has radically changed” in the modern era. Mr. Ansari enlisted the aid of Eric Klinenberg, a sociology professor at New York University, and together they applied rigor and seriousness to their subject.

Mr. Ansari, who is 32 and enjoys a healthy relationship with a steady girlfriend, might not be the first person who springs to mind when it comes to dispensing romantic advice. But he is old enough to remember what life was like in the era before cellphones, yet young enough to understand the point of Snapchat, a disappearing-image app beloved by the young and only vaguely understood by everyone else. Better still, he has a knack for getting people to talk to him and a sense of what to do to fill out a book that could easily have felt too thin or anemic.

Mr. Ansari and Mr. Klinenberg’s energetic research program included focus groups and interviews with hundreds of people in New York; Los Angeles; Wichita, Kan.; Monroe, N.Y.; Tokyo; Paris; and Doha, Qatar. They set up a discussion forum on the social networking site Reddit; interviewed experts; consulted books on sociology, psychology and human behavior; and dug up sober academic studies about current dating trends. The result is a sprightly, easygoing hybrid of fact, observation, advice and comedy. (

Four times a year, the WUUC Book Club gathers to read and discuss a nonfiction book.  You only attend the meetings about books that interest you, so we end up with a different group of participants every time.  We meet on a Friday evening to connect, share a meal, and talk about a book in depth.  Anyone is welcome to suggest a book and/or lead a discussion.  Contact Alaine <> to RSVP, suggest a book, or offer to host a future discussion.