College of Marin Super STEM Day for 7th to 9th graders on Feb 3 2018

February 2018
Black History Month

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
Patricia Bell-Scott, Ph.D., 1984−85 AAUW American Fellow (@PBell_Scott)

When 28-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to President Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, protesting southern segregation, she could not have known that it would start a friendship that would last for 25 years. But that is exactly what happened after First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt responded to the letter. The Firebrand and the First Lady provides the first substantive study of how two social justice activists — one the granddaughter of a mixed-race slave, the other a woman whose ancestry made her eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution — formed a relationship that changed the course of race and racism in the United States.

Recommended by Theresa Johnson, AAUW National Member
Available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats

March 2018
Women’s History Month

Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy
Nancy Hendricks

Hattie Caraway became the first female U.S. Senator by chance. When her husband passed away in 1931, she was appointed to fill his seat. What was supposed to be a temporary honor instead launched a career, as Caraway ran for and won reelection. Ultimately, she served as senator for 12 years — her tenure enduring through the Great Depression and World War II. Through previously unpublished letters and photos, Nancy Hendricks takes readers inside a career that altered the face of the U.S. political landscape.

Recommended by Felisha Perrodin, AAUW Fayetteville (AR) Branch
Available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats

April 2018
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Kindness of Strangers
Katrina Kittle (@katrinakittle)

Sarah Laden’s life seems like it could not get any more tumultuous. Her husband recently died, her older son, Nate, has developed a rebellious streak, her younger son, Danny, is barely passing his classes, and all the while she is struggling to make ends meet through her catering business. But when an alarming revelation tears apart the family of her closest friend, Laden finds herself fostering her friend’s young son, Jordan. Now Jordan, Sarah, and her family must all cope with the tragedy that Jordan has endured, figure out how to confront and reckon with the truth, and ultimately learn how to forgive and heal.

Recommended by Sharon Williamson, AAUW Middletown (OH) Branch
Available in print, Kindle, and Nook formats

May 2018
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim
Sabeeha Rehman (@SabeehaRehman)

A timely reflection on being Muslim in the United States today, Threading My Prayer Rug is the story of Sabeeha Rehman’s many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States, from being a secular Muslim in an Islamic society to a devout Muslim in a society rife with misunderstandings about Islam, from immigrant to citizen. By challenging stereotypes and offering a new perspective on American life and society through Muslim eyes, Rehman offers a new perspective on what it means to be American.

Recommended by Nancy Ferer, AAUW Greater Wayne Area (NJ) Branch; Pauleta Terven, AAUW Colorado Springs (CO) Branch
Available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats

June 2018
LGBT Pride Month

Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
Roberta Kaplan (@kaplanrobbie)

The defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court is one of the most significant civil rights victories in our nation’s history. But how did the case that brought it down — Windsor v. United States — come to be? In Then Comes Marriage, lawyer Roberta Kaplan — who argued the case before the Supreme Court — pulls back the curtain on this landmark case, chronicling the story of how she met plaintiff Edie Windsor and their journey together to defeat DOMA and gain federal recognition for same-sex marriage.

Available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats

Stolen Beauty: A Novel
Laurie Lico Albanese (@Laurie_Albanese)

Adele Bloch-Bauer’s life in 1900s Vienna is charmed: She is beautiful, wealthy, intelligent, and in contact with some of the greatest figures of her time including artist Gustav Klimt, for whom she is a model and a lover. In that same city in 1938, her niece, Maria Altmann, watches in horror as the Nazis invade Austria and turn Vienna into a war zone. When the Gestapo arrive at her home, determined to transfer her property into non-Jewish hands, Maria must go to unimaginable lengths to survive and keep her family — and its history — alive. Stolen Beauty breathes life into the story of the two extraordinary women behind one of Gustav Klimt’s most famous paintings: one the model who became The Woman in Gold and the other who saved it from near destruction.

Recommended by Anita Crane, AAUW Hill Country, Inc. (TX) Branch
Available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats

August 2018

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel
Mary Helen Stefaniak, AAUW Iowa eNetwork (IA) Branch Member

Eleven-year-old Gladys Cailiff can’t help but be impressed by her new teacher, Miss Spivey, who arrives in Threestep, Georgia, at the height of the Great Depression. After all, she’s never seen someone quite like her. Miss Spivey smokes, drives a truck, and reads to her class from the classic Thousand and One Nights. Inspired by the book, Miss Spivey decides to turn the annual town festival into a Baghdad bazaar, complete with characters from the stories, a camel, and sets custom-made by the Cailiffs’ gifted neighbor, Theo Boykin, an African American teenager. But when Miss Spivey’s progressive vision proves threatening to some, it triggers a chain of events that culminate in triumph and tragedy for the talented teen.

Recommended by Jan Mitchell, AAUW Iowa eNetwork (IA) Branch Member
Available in print, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats