So Many Good Books, So Little Time

November 13, 2008

Fellow students in my graduate program often tell me they have stopped reading for fun because of the amount of required class-related reading. While I do what I can to stay current on my class reading, I haven’t let that stop me from reading what I want to read on the side. There comes a moment when I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, and I know it’s time to switch from Communications Research Methods to something like Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. If there were no other options, maybe I could focus more on school books. That being said, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting material. Resources created by AAUW, such as the ¡Adelante! and Women in the World book lists, serve as my virtual library.

Now these book lists have taken on a new shape through AAUW’s recently announced partnership with Barnes and Noble bookstore. The site serves as a personalized bookstore for AAUW members and others interested in women’s equity, offering a wide selection of recommendations of relevant titles.

If you are an AAUW member or a fellowship or grant alumna and have published a book, you can e-mail Janet Guerra at, and she will be able to highlight your book on the AAUW Barnes and Noble site. “In partnering with Barnes and Noble ( we are hoping to provide a showcase for the expertise and research of an exemplary group of women whose work has been supported over the years by the very generous contributions of AAUW members,” said Cordy Galligan, AAUW Director of Corporate Relationships.

For anyone who is interested in checking out works written by AAUW fellowships and grants alumnae, below is a list of titles published by fellows I have contacted throughout the fall and summer. I’ve already read Nancy Segal’s Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins. Now onto the next book on the list! And as I work my way through the list, I’ll try to keep Communications Research Methods from collecting dust.

AAUW Fellows Alumnae Authors and Titles

Ilana Blumberg Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman among Books
Jessica Cattelino High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty
Jean Elson Am I Still a Woman? Hysterectomy and Gender Identity
Cecilia Lynch Strategies for Research in Constructivist International Relations
Nandita Prasad Sahai Politics of Patronage and Protest: The State, Society, and Artisans in Early Modern Rajasthan
Nancy Segal Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins
Jennifer Wallach “Closer to the Truth Than Any Fact”: Memoir, Memory, and Jim Crow
Sasha Welland A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters
Rhonda Williams The Politics of Public Housing
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  1. iman says:

    i need to read jean Elson’s book Am I Still A Woman? . Is there is an electronic version of the book. Please help me get a copy.

  2. Mandy says:

    That’s an interesting point Jackie. My roommate who works at Barnes and Noble here in D.C. said that in the months leading up to election more people were buying books about prominent African-Americans and Obama in specific. It’s great to see heightened interest.

    I read the book On the Road to Kandahar last summer and would recommend it to president-elect Obama and anyone interested in learning more about the situation in Afghanistan from a journalist’s perspective.

  3. Jackie says:

    Speaking of books, the New York Times this morning suggests that Obama may become the new Oprah as his mention of books he’s reading increases sales. He’s quoted Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals several times, and on 60 Minutes Sunday mentioned a book about FDR’s first 100 days (several books meet that description.)

    I’m re-reading Arthur M. Schlesinger’s 1986 book The Cycles of American History and keep thinking I hope Obama has read it.

    What books do you wish he would read and why?

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