The Adelante Book Club
Empower, Inspire, and Bring Communities Together
Are you interested in connecting with other global citizens, delve into issues on women’s empowerment, and learn about creating positive change in the world through inspiring reads?
Whether you are already part of a book club, looking to start your own, or simply would like to engage with us online, we welcome you to join our online discussion this year.
Throughout the year, we will be sharing books and discussion topics pertinent to women’s entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, microfinance, health, and the struggles and achievements women are facing across the world.
We encourage you to contribute your ideas, feedback, and opinions on the works we explore. Feel free to suggest any literature (fiction or non-fiction) that you find worthwhile for the months ahead.
See our Monthly Picks below for readings we plan to dive into this year.
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The Adelante Book Club
2015 Monthly Picks
We will launch our book club with Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This book is part of the Half the Sky movement that aims to end the oppression of women and girls occurring in so many parts of the world. Kristof and WuDunn highlight the enormous potential that women and girls are able to reach when they are afforded with equal opportunities. Their accompanying documentary can be purchased on DVD or streamed on Netflix.
For February we plan on reading Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario, a true story tracing the experiences of a young Honduran migrant who makes the perilous trip from Honduras to reunite with his mother in the US.
For those who wish to practice their Spanish skills, La Travesía de Enrique is a superb translation of Nazario’s work.
In honor of this month’s International Women’s Day (March 8th) we will be reading Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. In this work, Sandberg outlines the lull in progress of women’s leadership roles, and offers methods on how women can integrate themselves into positions of influence in government, industry, and other male dominated fields.
April is the Month of Microfinance, and so our pick is by the father of microfinance himself. We will be reading Muhammad Yunus’ “Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism,” while engaging with students, scholars, and practitioners in the world of microfinance to explore poverty alleviation and microlending issues in depth.
Since there are so many great reads on microfinance we will also be reading “Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance” by David Roodman, which covers the history and developments in the microfinance world.
Our May pick is Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee. In her inspiring auto-biography, Gbowee traces her triumph over her difficult life experiences of abuse and violence, but through faith and willpower overcomes these issues and fights for peace in her native Liberia. This award winning book connects with the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which chronicles the nonviolent grassroots movement preceding the election of the first female president of Liberia.
Our June pick will lift you up and make you feel empowered! The book? A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make another appearance on our list- this time to inspire and inform on how to make the most positive impact possible for our fellow human beings.
A fun summer read, this month we have chosen is Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China by Pearl S. Buck. Buck follows the life of Tzu Hsi, a woman who, despite her humble background, was talented, well spoken, and able to lead her people with care. The poor loved her, and many of the powerful people of her nation despised her. Those who viewed her unfavorably have depicted her history, Buck depicts her story through the eyes of poor Chinese villagers, who considered her a heroic empress.
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know is our pick for this August. This piece, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, shows how gender bias has conditioned women to be less confident and speak out less than men. The book highlights the importance of women to believe in themselves and each other, offering evidence-based research and advice to help women move forward and achieve their goals.
Have a suggestion for September? Let us know!