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.
Quarter Two (April-June 2019) – read 5 books…same as last quarter!
The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker
The author argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive–which they don’t have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.
I’m Just Happy To Be Here, by Janelle Hanchett
Drawing us into the wild, heartbreaking mind of the addict, Hanchett carries us from motherhood at 21 with a man she’d known three months to cubicles and whiskey-laden domesticity, from judging meth addicts in rehab to therapists who “seem to pull diagnoses out of large, expensive hats.” With warmth, wit, and searing B.S. detectors turned mostly toward herself, Hanchett invites us to laugh when we probably shouldn’t and to rejoice at the unconventional redemption she finds in desperation and in a misfit mentor who forces her to see the truth of herself.
Worth It, by Amanda Steinberg
From the founder and superstar CEO of DailyWorth.com—the go-to financial site for women with more than one million subscribers—comes a fresh book that redefines the relationship between women, self-worth, and money. Worth It shows women how to view money as a source of personal power and freedom—and live life on their terms.
Do Less, by Kate Northrup
This is a book for working women and mothers who are ready to release the culturally inherited belief that their worth is equal to their productivity, and instead create a personal and professional life that’s based on presence, meaning, and joy. As opposed to focusing on “fitting it all in,” time management, and leaning in, as so many books geared at ambitious women do, this book embraces the notion that through doing less women can have–and be–more.
Palaces For The People, by Eric Klinenberg (LOVED)
In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.
Quarter Three (July-September 2019) – read 3 books
The Chicana Motherwork Anthology, by Cecilia Caballero, Yvette Martínez-Vu, Judith Pérez-Torres, and Michelle Téllez
The Chicana M(other)work Anthology weaves together emerging scholarship and testimonios by and about self-identified Chicanx and Women of Color mother-scholars, activists, and allies who center mothering as transformative labor through an intersectional lens. Contributors provide narratives that make feminized labor visible and that prioritize collective action and holistic healing for mother-scholars of color, their children, and their communities within and outside academia.
Radical Candor, by Kim Scott
Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.
Zero. Zilch. Absolutely nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I read, but not a cover to cover book.
This Will Be My Undoing, Morgan Jerkins
In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.
What’s coming up in the book stack?
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements
What No One Tells You
Leap Frog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men