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Summer Book Club for 2017

Get ready for the eNetwork’s 2017–our fifth!!–Summer Book Club by registering for updates at

We’ve decided on June’s book, the wildly popular Hidden Figures. If you’ve seen the movie, now’s your chance to delve into the book. RSVP for log-in info for our June 28 teleconference/webinar–either works, we just hope you’ll join us.

Our other titles were so popular, it’s a toss-up and we’re still deciding. But why not read them all? Stay tuned right here as we pick titles, dates, and announce our discussion leaders.

JUNE 28: Hidden Figures

JULY: Euphoria by Lily King

-or- AUGUST: Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams by Margery M. Heffron

-or- What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know
by Joan C. Williams, Rachel Dempsey, Anne-Marie Slaughter

An essential resource for any working woman, What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman. Authored by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, writer Rachel Dempsey, this unique book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of today’s workplace. Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead–Negotiate more! Stop being such a wimp! Stop being such a witch! What Works for Women at Work tells women it’s not their fault. The simple fact is that office politics often benefits men over women. Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, over half of them women of color, What Works for Women at Work presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today’s workplace.

Read Along for 2017!

Get ready for the eNetwork’s 2017–our fifth!!–Summer Book Club by registering for updates at

While our books are to be announced shortly, you can get a taste by listening in to AAUW’s ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club online interviews with authors.  Coming up March 28 at 8PM ET is Linda Hirshman’s Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

August: Pioneer Girl

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See the Goodreads summary here.

We can’t wait to read Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill (Editor), and hope you’ll join us for an online discussion in August.

Read one of her daughter Rose’s books about Henry Ford here.


July 28: Soldier Girls

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Join Colorado author Helen Thorpe and AAUW National as they provide a national discussion of the issues facing women at war at 5:30PM on July 28. Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War is the July book-of-the-month in the AAUW ¡Adelante! reading series.

Thorpe recommended several other titles for those interested in her subject matter:
·         “The V.A.’s Woman Problem” op-ed in the New York Times by Helen Thorpe
·         The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers
·         You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
·         Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army by Kayla Williams
·         In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan by Seth G. Jones
·         Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks
·         The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

See a summary of the book on Goodreads and REGISTER here:

June 29: The Book of Unknown Americans

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Colorado AAUW incoming President Amy Blackwell led our discussion on June 29th at 6:30PM MT. Book club log-in information is sent to those who RSVP at our Facebook event, or via

See an overview of The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez on Goodreads. “This poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American.” It also deals with bullying, a topic covered in AAUW’s Crossing the Line research report.

Read the Los Angeles Review of Books interview with the author hereFind the book at a library near you, or search for the audiobook, too!

Cristina Henríquez is the author of the novel The World in Half, and of a short story collection entitled Come Together, Fall Apart.

Books!! Summer 2016

It’s time to read!

June 29: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

July 28:  Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe

August:  Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill (editor)

Our voracious readers have spoken–whether it’s science or current events, there are plenty of titles to keep everyone awake in their beach chairs. See our survey results and some of the suggestions for 2016 here.

RSVP to the Summer Book Club Facebook event for more details as well as updates on discussion dates, additional reading materials, webinar log-in info, and reminders. Plus, mark your calendars for July 28, when selected book Soldier Girls’ Colorado author Helen Thorpe will join us for a national online discussion of her profile of women at war. Remaining dates and more info on the books will be announced here, but grab your copies and start reading!

Extra Credit: Are you a Goodreads user? Sign up at our new online group to continue the discussion about these titles and be sure to follow our lists!

Summer Book Club is almost here!

Read our past titles, sign up for the summer discussions, and see our past booklists through Goodreads, where you can RSVP for our online group chat about these titles.

We’re ready to think about our Summer Book Club, and want to know your suggestions. What should we include in our book discussions this summer? Maybe something by or about a woman, or a skill or awesome feat we should learn, perhaps a best-selling business title, or a must-read novel. See our survey results for 2016 here.

Whatever your submissions, let us know at our Summer Book Club Facebook event and get ready to read!

Give and Take: Discuss 12/2

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success


Join along in the discussion about how these concepts inform our approach to giving to AAUW at our Facebook page, and discuss on December 2, 6:30PM MT, the book’s topics as they relate to AAUW at

Here’s the transcript of an 11-minute video summary of when giving optimizes success, a corporate summary, and a 4-week book reading guide:

Week 1:  Read Chapters 1-2, & assess your style at
Week 2: Read Chapters 3-4, and, optionally, fill out the Big Five personality scale,
Week 3: Read Chapters 5-7, and watch the brief summary of Daniel Pink’s ‘Drive’ on motivation, Share your thoughts on how AAUW might incorporate these ideas at starting on 11/23.
Week 4: Read Chapters 8-9, and the ten Actions for Impact. Jot down the top actions you’ll take. Find a discussion guide here.

Give and Take by Adam Grant highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. Reading this book together will allow us to unlock one approach to success that can transform not just individuals, but entire organizations. Profiled in this 2013 article, Adam Grant is a prolific academic publisher, though one who still engages face-to-face with students and is able to translate research into common sense advice for the rest of us.
Questions, or want to receive weekly reading reminders in November? Contact You can find a copy in a variety of formats at a library near you. Check out the Goodreads synopsis and follow our bookshelf.

About the author: Adam Grant is the Wharton Class of 1965 Professor of Management and Psychology. He has been the top-rated professor in the MBA program for the past four years, and has received the Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Teaching Award and Excellence in Teaching Award for every course that he has taught at Wharton. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. Give and Take, a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into 27 languages, has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam is a contributing writer for the New York Times, where his op-eds include “Raising a moral child”—which was shared online over 300,000 times—and “Madam C.E.O., get me a coffee” with Sheryl Sandberg. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.

A Fighting Chance

August 19, 6-7PM Mountain Time

A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren

View discussion slides and book overview of  A Fighting Chance – Elizabeth Warren, including Americans for Financial Reform and recommended further reading info.

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she
has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class-and why she has
become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and
must do better for working families.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

July 22, 6-7PM

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Download the discussion PowerPoint presentation here: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

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Former ABC journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the riveting true story of Kamila Sidiqi and other women of Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s fearful rise to power. In what Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, calls “one of the most inspiring books I have ever read,” Lemmon recounts with novelistic vividness the true story of a fearless young woman who not only reinvented herself as an entrepreneur to save her family but, in the face of ferocious opposition, brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Kabul.

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