4 Must-Read Books by AAUW FellowsJune 03, 2015
Need a good book? Look no further! AAUW fellows and grantees have got you covered. Whether you’re looking to bolster your motivation for self-care and exercise, fall into a coming-of-age story set in West Philadelphia, or revisit a classic favorite with a modern twist, these writers will get you there.
For avid readers, check out AAUW’s book club, ¡Adelante! We have suggestions for every month of the year.
1. No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness
By Michelle Segar
A glance at the back cover gets to the crux of this book: “So what’s the solution [to losing interest in exercise]? To achieve lasting fitness, we have to change our minds — before we can change our bodies.” 2005–06 American Fellow Segar shares years of experience as a behavioral sustainability scientist and packages a four-step plan to sticking with exercise for readers. Segar is an authority: She currently serves as director of the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center. Whatever your health goals are, learning the science behind motivation will surely be useful.
By Asali Solomon
A 2002–03 American Fellow, Solomon taught college English and creative writing while writing works of her own. Now teaching at Haverford College, Solomon recently released her debut novel, Disgruntled. The novel has received attention from NPR, the LA Times, Kirkus Reviews, and more. Following the story of Kenya Curtis, Solomon brings her readers on a coming-of-age journey full of ups and downs, drama and doldrums. Engaging, witty, sharp, and sage, Disgruntled offers readers myriad ideas to discuss — making it perfect for a book club. Read more about the novel and its author on our blog!
3. Re Jane
By Patricia Park
2013–14 American Fellow Patricia Park has released her debut novel, Re Jane, to great acclaim. As the title suggests, Re Jane is a creative and modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Jane Eyre. Park brings her own experience as a Korean American living in New York City to the novel, creating a unique and updated narrative that stands on its own. Praised in the New York Times Sunday Book Review as “a truly fresh, modern take on the coming-of-age novel,” Re Jane should definitely accompany you to the beach this summer.
4. The Cherokee Rose
By Tiya Miles
We’ve highlighted 2012–13 Community Action Grantee Tiya Miles in the past for her work with ECO Girls, and she has now released her first novel, Cherokee Rose. Miles is excited about this book, a change of pace from her usual historical writings, and she hopes to reach a broader audience with this snapshot of history. Miles writes on her site, “I was frustrated by the reality of what I was discovering [in my research] and wished there had been a different ending for African Americans and Native Americans outside of slavery and colonialism.” The novel illuminates a relatively unknown slice of U.S. history, slaveholding by Southern Creeks and Cherokees, through the eyes of three young women. This book is perfect for those wishing to learn a little bit of history while enjoying a compelling story!
Founded with diversity and social justice in mind, AAUW’s book club includes a variety of authors each year on our list.
Witty and modern, this coming-of-age story follows Kenya Curtis through the ups and downs of adolescence.
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