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2021 Book Club List

2022 Aspire Book Club - Fourth Monday of the month


Feb 23 Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience - Brene Brown. A journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. 


March None Strawberry Festival


Apr 25 Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know - Adam Grant. Think Again is a book about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to one identity, but constantly willing to rethink their stances and that leaders who admit they don't know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams.


May 23 The Personal Librarian - Marie Benedict. The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian—who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true


Jun 27 The Paper Palace - Miranda Cowley Heller. It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at "The Paper Palace" - the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside. The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.


July None Summer


Aug 22 Educated -Tara Westover. An account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.


Sep 26 Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know - Malcolm Gladwell. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true? Something is very wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.


Oct 24 Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself  - Nedra Glover Tawwab. Healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them--in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family. But what do "healthy boundaries" really mean--and how can we successfully express our needs, say "no," and be assertive without offending others? Simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. Rooted in the latest research and best practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), these techniques help us identify and express our needs clearly and without apology--and unravel a root problem behind codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.



Nov 28 Untamed- Glennon Doyle. The story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.


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