Summer Reading 2021: Recent Books by AAUW Fellows and Grantees

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Editors Ibram X. Kendi and 2016-17 AAUW American Fellow Keisha N. Blain have assembled 90 brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period within the 400-year span from 1619 to the present. The Washington Post calls Four Hundred Souls, “a vital addition to [the] curriculum on race in America.”

Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do about It

In this book, 1997-98 AAUW American Fellow Heather Boushey provides meticulous evidence that inequality hurts economic growth and lays out a path forward for our country based on equity. Boushey is co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and currently serves as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Biden administration.

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

This volume of illuminating essays was co-edited by Ayana Johnson, a 2010–11 American Fellow and marine biologist and policy expert. It harnesses the voices of women at the forefront of the climate change movement. The New York Times calls it “a powerful read that fills one with, dare I say . . . hope?”

The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child's Academic, Social, and Emotional Development in Any Setting

For her new book, 1997-98 AAUW Community Action Grantee Rosalind Wiseman teamed up with three education experts to help parents navigate the tricky world of remote instruction. The book provides a wealth of advice that will help children thrive in any learning environment.

From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture

Named a “Best Book of 2020” by Ms. Magazine, this tome by 2009-10 AAUW American Fellow Koritha Mitchell lays bare the hostility African American women faced as they invested in traditional domesticity throughout history. While white homemakers were conferred respectability and safety, Black women endured pejorative labels, racist government policies, and attacks on their citizenship.

Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay

Shanna Benjamin, a 2011-12 AAUW American Fellow, has long been interested in exploring how the scholar and critic Nellie Y. McKay helped to carve out a place for Black women in the literary canon. Her new book brings together McKay’s private life and public work to expand how we think about Black literary history and the place of Black women in American culture.

America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

This book by 1995-96 AAUW International Fellow Rajika Bhandari is a both deeply personal story of one immigrant’s search for her place and voice, and an incisive analysis of America’s relationship with the rest of the world through a powerful tool of diplomacy: education.