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The Results of the WIM Book Club Book Survey

Books WIM are reading or have recently read:

A People’s History of the United States
A Short History of Nearly Everything
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, by Chris Hadfield
Cinder, Marissa Meyer
Creativity in Business
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
Deja Death, Kathy Reichs
Distant Land of My Father, by Bo Caldwell
Energetics of Food
If this Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young
Immunity to Change
Leader shit
Leading with Soul
Lean In
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldan
Playing to Win
Skin Tight, by Carl Hiaasen
The Black Swan
The Glass Palace
The Goldfinch
The Great Gatsby
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Heart and the Fist, by Eric Greitens
The Invention of Wings
The Master Butchers Singing Club
The Vendetta Defense, by List Scottoline
The White Queen
Thrive, Arianna Huffington
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Who stole my cheese
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Books WIM would like to read:

A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
Condelezza Rice book (not sure what title)
Getting to Yes
Half the Sky
Hilary Clinton book
How to Win Friends and Influence People
I Am Malala
Indira Ghandi book (not sure what title)
Language and the Pursuit of Happiness
Lean In
Moonwalking with Einstein
Off the Sidelines, Kirsten Gillibrand
The Tao of Womanhood
Thinking Fast and Slow
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change

Books suggested on the survey in order of popularity:

WHAT WORKS FOR WOMEN AT WORK, by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey. Called a “guide for mastering office politics as a woman,” Williams’ and Dempsey’s book combines years of research with interviews with 127 successful women about the specific challenges women face in the workplace and how to combat them. Williams, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, is one of the foremost researchers dealing with issues of gender discrimination at work. Yet by the looks of it, this book isn’t merely an analysis of the unfairness women face, but of strategies to help them succeed in spite of it.

THE CONFIDENCE CODE, by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman. Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

HOW THE WORLD SEES YOU, by Sally Hogshead. A method of assessing yourself in order to build
 better relationships.

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: THE MISSING LINK BETWEEN MERIT AND SUCCESS, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. Hewlett, an economist, is one of the preeminent voices on women, leadership and careers. In her latest book (her eleventh), she examines the critical mix of appearance, communication and gravitas that sets apart leaders who succeed. If it’s anything like her recent books, this one should be a smart how-to guide based on research, insightful anecdotes and practical advice.

THE ORGANIZED MIND, by Daniel J. Levitin. A professor draws on research in neuroscience to explain how organization can help us manage information in our lives.

QUICK AND NIMBLE, by Adam Bryant. Bryant writes the Corner Office column for the New York Times, where he interviews CEOs every week for their insights about managing people and leading companies. Their wisdom on building innovative cultures is collected here. Far too many leadership books rely on the knowledge of consultants or on years-old stories to build their case; this book gets its ideas from the people actually running companies today.

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman. The winner of a Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions.

OVERWHELMED: WORK, LOVE, AND PLAY WHEN NO ONE HAS THE TIME, by Brigid Schulte. In “Overwhelmed”, Schulte, a Washington Post reporter, teases out what’s making us feel so busy all the time—drawing on science, examples of forward-thinking companies, European policy and anecdotes from working parents who’ve got it figured out. Schulte’s reporting for the Post is always a good read. And, hopefully, the answers and insights in this book about our lack of leisure time will help us find more of it.

GENDER INTELLIGENCE, by Barbara Annis, Keith Merron. World-renowned experts on gender intelligence Barbara Annis and Keith Merron suggest it’s time to move beyond arguments based on politics and fairness, building an economic business case for gender diversity in the workplace.

DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. How disadvantages can work in our favor, from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers”.

OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

The first meeting of the WIM Brown Bag Book Club will be at HSC on November 11, Tuesday, from 12 to 1 at Norris Library West Conference Room where we’ll choose the first non-fiction book for the club. Please bring your ideas for that book.

If you could please RSVP here: so I can know how many chairs to set up, I would be very much obliged.

What: WIM Brown Bag Book Club
Where: Norris Library West Conference Room
When: Tuesday, November 11, from Noon to 1 pm.
RSVP: Thank you!

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