Aileen attempts to read a book a week. Follow along as she loses her mind. We used the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge as inspiration, then went off on our own, as you’ll find we do a lot around here. Join in by reading the books Aileen reads, or by choosing your own.
Reset by Ellen Pao is a good first of the year read. It will get you fired up to start that business you have always wanted to get off the ground. Why? If Pao’s book is anything to go by, and I believe it is, the business world needs you! It needs people who are not intimidated by the idea of diversity in positions of influence. Read more
Women have autism. The medical community often seems unaware of this fact. Valerie Paradiz says in her excellent article about females with autism, “reports published this year have uncovered a long-standing male bias in research and in diagnostic methods of autism that has gravely influenced the detection and understanding of girls and women.”
Well hell. Read more
Originally, I was a history major in college. History is an endlessly depressing subject. Most every major historical event ends with, “and they all died horribly.” The flu pandemic of 1918. London in 1666. The East India Company. The Roman Empire. Plague. Wars. Dynastic marriages.
Word by Word by Kory Stamper offers an interesting and entertaining look inside one of the processes we humans use in our ongoing attempt to communicate with each other. I am talking about dictionaries, the books and now websites and apps we go to in an effort to understand not only what we want to say but what others mean.Read more
The Jane Austen Project is a perfect book for this time of year. At least for me it is. My brain is so filled with lists and half-baked hopes for a fun and festive holiday season that facts and figures can’t fit in. So I generally set aside my heavier reading and pick up lighter fare. On a side note, I am still attempting to get through The Calculus Diaries. It is slow going and I tend to read it when I feel anxious that I’ll have trouble getting to sleep. My confusion regarding the subject matter calms my anxiety and I am usually asleep within 10 minutes. Read more
Poverty in America takes many forms. In Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh reveals her personal experience of growing up poor in rural Kansas. Growing up as Americans moved away from farming and the midwest, Smarsh watched as support for her family’s way of life dried up, leaving very little left to tie a fifth generation farmer to the land. Read more
Given the abysmal voting practice of white women in the midterm election, it was clear to me that I needed to brush up on my talking points around race. There is obviously so much work to be done. I was frankly floored that white women voted for conservative white men at rates higher than in the 2016 Presidential election. Shocking considering the garbage pulled by the current administration. Read more
If you only have time read one book this season, make it Morgan Jerkins’ This Will be My Undoing. Released in late January of 2018, the book is now a New York Times bestseller. It might be sitting somewhere in your house or on your kindle and maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading it. Read more