Summer Reading 2022: Recent Books by AAUW Fellows & Grantees

Sacred Promise: An Anthology

Dr. Tererai Trent, 2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee and 2001-02 AAUW International Fellow, brings you a compilation of true stories that highlight the importance of trusting your intuition and allowing it to lead you to the beauty this life has to offer you. Written for women by women, this book contains deep wisdom and is definitely one to include in your collection.

The Bond: Book 1 of The Bond Trilogy

Awarded the bronze medal in the 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year awards, this novel by 2012-13 AAUW Career Development Grantee Robin Kirk explores an alternative universe where men have been made extinct and women are genetically modified and assigned their life’s purpose at age 16. This science-fiction epic will keep you engaged and immerse you in a dystopian world.

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

In this New York Times best seller and 2021 National Book Award winner, 2012-13 AAUW Community Action Grantee Tiya A. Miles brings to life the story of a single object passed down through three generations of Black women beginning in 1850s South Carolina. Learn about these women’s first-hand experiences of slavery in the United States. It’s a rich history that has been left out of the archive.

Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America

In this riveting biography and intellectual history, Keisha N. Blain, 2016-17 AAUW American Fellow, establishes Black activist Fannie Lou Hamer’s history as a crucial political thinker for famous historical leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks. In addition, she demonstrates the modern-day relevance of Hamer’s ideas for the new generation of activists.

Love from the Vortex and Other Poems

In her first full-length poetry collection, 2004-05 AAUW American Fellow Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz reflects on her three-decade-long love life and the lessons she learned through her relationships. The book reveals the highs and lows of loving others while also emphasizing the importance of loving yourself.

Crossing Waters: Undocumented Migration in Hispanophone Caribbean and Latinx Literature & Art

This newly released book by 2009-10 AAUW American Fellow Marisel Moreno is the first to examine the representation of undocumented migration in the Caribbean. It examines works by Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican writers and visual artists from the islands and the diaspora to show how they reveal the bordering of the Caribbean.

At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C.

Join Tamika Y. Nunley, 2018-19 AAUW American Fellow, as she tackles the history of urban slavery in Washington, D.C., and traces the experiences of Black women navigating through the transformation of the city in the 19th Century. A well researched contribution to African American History, the book captures the duality of Black women’s and girls’ lived experiences.

Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America

A remarkable and original telling of history, 2006-07 AAUW American Fellow Karen Cook Bell recalls the stories of the methods and ways in which Black women escaped—or attempted to run away from—the bondage of slavery before and after the Revolutionary War. It studies the active role Black women played in the social and political revolution of the United States.