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In ‘Members Only,’ Raj Bhatt’s life falls apart after he makes a racist remark at his posh tennis club.

Greta Johnsen

Nerdette Book Club: 'Members Only'

Welcome to the Nerdette Book Club! Each month, we read a book and chat about it with a rotating group of panelists. This month’s pick is Sameer Pandya’s debut novel Members Only.

It takes place over the course of one very intense week in the life of Raj, a middle-aged Indian-American anthropology professor. When he’s asked to help his tennis club interview potential new members, he’s thrilled by the opportunity to help diversify his tennis partners. But he makes a huge gaffe in front of a Black family, and the rest of his week gets worse from there.

Listen along as Nerdette host Greta Johnsen discusses the book with Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World, and author Alisha Rai, whose Modern Love series is part of an upswell in romance novels with strong female characters and feminist sensibilities.

And then get ready for next month’s pick: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste.

We want you to join the conversation! Read the book and send us your thoughts by recording your voice with your smartphone, then email the audio file to And tune in for the next conversation on The Shadow King!

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