The New York City-Manhattan Support Group recently launched a book club for people with pulmonary hypertension (PH).

Support group leader Alicia Kubes refocused the support group on books to provide new opportunities for patients to engage with each other online. Alicia, associate director of programming at NYU’s Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts, has led book clubs for adults 18 and over. She founded the New York City-Manhattan support group in 2018 and began to look for ways to expand its focus when the pandemic began.

The book club aims to discuss books through the lens of having PH. Each month, selections will alternate between health and disability topics and non-health-related books, such as bestsellers. The group will choose selections from various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.

Discussions will take place online to accommodate people with PH patients throughout the country. Whether you’ve participated in book clubs before, or are curious to learn more, join the next meeting at noon EDT June 9. You can share ideas and vote on the next few reading selections.

Next month, the group will discuss “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Artby journalist James Nestor. The book examines the scientific, cultural and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe. If you have questions or would like to join the group, email Alicia.