What’s on the shelf for 2019

I’m keeping last year’s book tracking experiment going this year, and trying to keep myself accountable by tracking progress quarter by quarter, instead of waiting until the very end of the year.


Quarter One (January-March 2019) – read 5 books


The Fifth Trimester, by Lauren Smith Brody

The first three trimesters (and the fourth—those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. A funny, tells-it-like-it-is guide for new mothers coping with the demands of returning to the real world after giving birth, The Fifth Trimester is packed with honest, funny, and comforting advice summarized from 800 moms the author interviewed.



Digital Tools for Qualitative Research, by Trena Paulus

The nerd in me loved how this book shows how the research process in its entirety can be supported by technology tools in ways that can save time and add robustness and depth to qualitative work. It addresses the use of a variety of tools (many of which may already be familiar to you if you are a researcher or use tech in your work) to support every phase of the research process, providing practical case studies taken from real world projects.



The Income Replacement Formula, by Christine McAllister

The author shares her the simple 7-step formula that helped her overcome her own personal tragedy of a stillborn daughter, and then realize her dreams of discovering and building a business around her unique gifts.  If you’re a woman who has been thinking about quitting your job or starting a business since… what feels like forever… or you already have a business that’s just not working the way you wish it would… this is your book.


Automating Inequality, by Virginia Eubanks (LOVED)

The author systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.


Like A Mother, by Angela Garbes

The author offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by in-depth reportage and personal experience. With the curiosity of a journalist, the perspective of a feminist, and the intimacy and urgency of a mother, she explores the emerging science behind the pressing questions women have about everything from miscarriage to complicated labors to postpartum changes. The result is a visceral, full-frontal look at what’s really happening during those nine life-altering months, and why women deserve access to better care, support, and information.



What’s coming up in the book stack?

Chicana Motherwork

Forget Having It All

Palaces for the People


What No One Tells You

Do Less

Leap Frog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs



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