Book Circle


Book circle.
Members gather every 6-8 weeks to read and discuss books that teach us more about social issues and the people we serve. These evenings are always educational and fun! No long-term commitment is necessary; come when you can!

Here is what we are reading for

  • March 5, 2019: Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen
  • May 7, 2019: Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having and Opinion by Michelle Dean
  • July 16, 2019: Happiness for All?: Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream. (How the Optimism Gap between rich and poor is creating an increasingly divided society) by Carol Graham

Browse the books we have read:

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Sing Unburied Sing, A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
  • A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures by Quinn Bradlee
  • The Warmth of Other Suns:The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar
  • Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least by Jessica Jackley
  • Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold & Andrew Solomon
  • Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  • A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley
  • Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked by Paul Raeburn
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits by Zeynep Ton
  • Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton
  • Renting Lacy: A Story of American’s Prostituted Children by Linda Smith
  • Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World by Leslie Crutchfield
  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana-Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • What You Wish For by favorite authors to honor Darfur
  • Just Like Us-The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe
  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grenan
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  • The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World : an entrepreneur’s odyssey to educate the world’s children by John Wood
  • The Slave Next Door by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Kristof and WuDunn.
  • Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America’s Most Urgent Health Crisis by Howard Gleckman
  • Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker
  • This Child will be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett by Jennifer Gonnerman
  • Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America by Kalita S. Mitra
  • Left Out in America: The State of Homelessness in the United States by Pat LaMarche
  • The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher
  • Banker to the Poor by Muhammmad Yunus
  • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton
  • Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls