LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE, by Abrams

Women's Biography
Monday, August 12, 7:30 pm

The Women's Biography Book Group is led by Doris Feinsilber and meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change By Stacey Abrams Cover Image

Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change (Paperback)

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Lead from the Outside is a necessary guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by Stacey Abrams, one of the most prominent black female politicians in the U.S.

Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and often yourself—that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with the awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power—women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference.

In Lead from the Outside, Stacey Abrams argues that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target. From launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action. Stacey uses her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies.

Stacey includes exercises to help you hone your skills and realize your aspirations. She discusses candidly what she has learned over the course of her impressive career: that differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable. With direction and dedication, being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and make real change.

Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250214805
ISBN-10: 1250214807
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English

PRAISE FOR LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE
(Previously published as MINORITY LEADER)

"Like Lean In for people who didn’t start with any power." —Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine

"Abrams's own grit, coupled with her descriptions of much stumbling and self-doubt, will make Minority Leader touch you in a way few books by politicians can. In fact, the last one to manage it—biracial, the child of divorce, raised with little money by a single mother—became our 44th president." The New York Times Book Review

"Stacey Abrams writes about her personal cocktail of grit and gumption." Glamour

“Stacey didn’t write Minority Leader simply to help people in the minority; she wrote it because she believes people in the minority can help us all.” Teen Vogue

“Stacey Abrams has everything you want in a candidate: a good legal mind, experience in governance, and a deep knowledge of poverty and hard work. If you read Minority Leader, you will discover she also has the superpowers of inspiring trust and knowing how to organize. You will have her as a friend, and you will want her as a governor.” Gloria Steinem

Minority Leader is a special book with a special mission: to push ALL people to know that their greatness and worthiness is a birthright. Stacey’s story is not just uplifting, but instructional as well. I am part of a long line of people who have admired Stacey for a long time. Read this book, and you will understand why.” Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work, CEO, Robin Hood

“Stacey Abrams displays competence, confidence, and compassion in her assessment of the attributes and actions needed to deliver impact in today’s complicated world. Her commentary is as real as her commitment is remarkable. Minority Leader is both a motivational and a mechanical manual, offering an intense focus on opportunities and an unyielding path to mitigate obstacles. I enthusiastically commend this book as a resource for those who want to grow personally and professionally, as well as for those who seek to help guide that same growth.” Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President

"Stacey understands what it is like to try and balance the everyday obligations of work and family, and Minority Leader offers a practical guide to pursuing meaningful work while acknowledging the myths of 'juggling it all.' All kinds of people face these challenges, but it can be more acute for women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and others with 'outsider' status. This book is for anyone who has faced challenges while pursuing their passion, and helps people who are left out of traditional ladders to success build one for themselves." Sherilyn Wright, Assistant to the International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

"Here, [Stacey Abrams] shows readers from any marginalized population how to become their own advocates, proactively using their otherness while recognizing their fears. Not just local appeal; there are audiences out there that could really, really benefit from this book." Library Journal

"Although there are many books on networking and achieving political and entrepreneurial success, Abrams' is geared toward helping those who are on the fringes, especially African American women, find pathways to success and power...this is an excellent guide that addresses setbacks and pitfalls and identifies strategies to overcome them." Booklist

PRAISE FOR STACEY ABRAMS
"In a time when too many folks are focused simply on how to win an election, Stacey’s somebody who cares about something more important: why we should. That’s the kind of politics we should practice. That’s why I’m proud to give Stacey Abrams my support." —President Barack Obama

“[Stacey Abrams will] serve the underserved of the state of Georgia.” —Oprah

"[Abrams] is a phenomenal candidate and person and she can make history by becoming the first ever Black Woman elected Governor in America.” —Common

“Stacey Abrams is a bold leader who . . . understands hard work and is committed to finding solutions for the families who come home after a long day of work struggling to get by.” —Vice President Joe Biden

"Stacey Abrams' experience, vision, and proven track record of building consensus across party lines are beyond compare." —President Jimmy Carter

“Stacey Abrams is [a] leader with integrity and a commitment to fairness for all.” —Dan Cantor, National Chair of the Working Families Party

“Stacey. . . .sees racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, and social justice as complementary—not contradictory. . . .her vision is the type of future we should be envisioning nationwide.” —Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action

“Stacey has proven herself to be an absolute tour-de-force in a state that has never before elected a woman or person of color as governor. . . .Stacey Abrams has always been a trailblazer.” —Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List

“Stacey Abrams is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice for the Georgians she serves...Throughout her career, I have watched her work tirelessly to build coalitions to protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote. Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state. Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing this transformative leader, who strives to empower the people she will serve.” Congressman John Lewis

“Leaders like Stacey are the ones saying yes. America is changing, but there is no reason to fear the future.” Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Let America Vote



DARING TO DRIVE, by Al-Sharif

Women's Biography
Monday, July 8, 7:30 pm

The Women's Biography Book Group is led by Doris Feinsilber and meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening By Manal al-Sharif Cover Image

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening (Paperback)

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“A vital, inspiring book” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—a ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of the courageous movement that won Saudi women the right to drive.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year strict fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical, melting her brother’s boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties Manal was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound built to resemble suburban America. That’s when the Saudi kingdom’s contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her school-age brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in the garage, she was forbidden from driving on Saudi streets.

Manal al-Sharif’s memoir is an “eye-opening” (The Christian Science Monitor) account of the making of an accidental activist, a vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men—and won. Daring to Drive is “a brave, extraordinary, heartbreakingly personal” (Associated Press) celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny and “a testament to how women in Muslim countries are helping change their culture, one step at a time” (New York Journal of Books).
Manal al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia who was imprisoned in 2011 for driving a car. She has been lauded by Foreign PolicyTimeForbes, and the Oslo Freedom Forum. Daring to Drive is her first book.
Product Details ISBN: 9781476793030
ISBN-10: 1476793034
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English
“A brave, extraordinary, heartbreakingly personal story of one woman’s battle for equal rights.... The book provides a rare glimpse into... the hearts and minds of people who live in a society that is mostly off-limits to Westerners. [Al-Sharif's] literary achievement is that despite the huge cultural differences, Daring to Drive shows that Saudi women and men have dreams and fears much like our own.”
— Associated Press

“Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us.”
— Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox

“An astonishing, humble, truthful book, more illuminating than a hundred newspaper stories on Saudi Arabia. Manal is no Chanel-draped, chauffeur-driven Saudi princess. Her account of why a single working mother’s life compelled her to confront the kingdom’s fiercely patriarchal ways is touching and revealing in equal measure.”
— Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad

“Al-Sharif’s back story... should shock you even if you think you already have a pretty good handle on conditions for women in Saudi Arabia.”
— Meghan Daum

“Fascinating, powerful, and heartbreaking... a truly eye-opening read.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“Inspiring.”
— Bustle

“Remarkable.”
— Jewish Journal

“Eye-opening... [and] compelling.”

 
— Christian Science Monitor

“A captivating read. Manal al-Sharif refuses to hide her scars, unveiling what she endured and sacrificed to become a professional who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of tradition.”
— Elena Gorokhova, author of Russian Tattoo

“There are vignettes of laughter and love... [and] glimpses of rich, vibrant Arab life.... A testament to how women in Muslim countries are helping change their culture, one step at a time.”
— New York Journal of Books

If you consider yourself interested in women’s rights or the cultures of other lands, Daring to Drive should be a mandatory addition to your reading list.”
— The News Wheel

“Remarkable. Manal al-Sharif invites us to ride with her to bend the arc of history towards equality and justice.”
— Rula Jebreal, international bestselling author of Miral

“If you’re searching for an inspiring memoir, Daring to Drive should be on your must-read list.”
— Bitch Magazine

“An intimate look at life for women growing up in Saudi Arabia and the challenges of seeking major social change.”
— Booklist

“Al-Sharif’s transformation from religious radical to feminist champion is incredibly inspiring.”
— BookRiot

Daring to Drive is an important book.... Al-Sharif tells her story in clear, readable prose... [and] provides readers with unusual insight into what it means to be a woman under Wahhabi.”
— Me, You, and Books

“An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Compelling.”
— BookPage

“Bold.... [This] inspiring book shows the importance of education, critical thinking, and standing up for a cause against impossible odds.”
— Fathom

SUZANNE'S CHILDREN, by Nelson

Women's Biography
Monday, June 10, 7:30 pm

The Women's Biography Book Group is led by Doris Feinsilber and meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Suzanne's Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris By Anne Nelson Cover Image

Suzanne's Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris (Paperback)

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One of the untold stories of the Holocaust—the nail-biting drama of Suzanne Spaak, who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz “vividly dramatizes the stakes of acting morally in a time of brutality” (The Wall Street Journal).

Suzanne Spaak was born into the Belgian Catholic elite and married into the country’s leading political family. Her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter Renée Magritte. In Paris in the late 1930s her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life’s purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Then, under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups “kidnapped” hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers.

Suzanne’s Children is the “dogged…page-turning account” (Kirkus Reviews) of this incredible story of courage in the face of evil. “Anne Nelson is superb at showing the upheavals in Europe since WWI through vivid, illuminating details…and she also masterfully describes the incremental changes in the Jews’ plight under the Occupation” (Booklist). It was during the final year of the Occupation when Suzanne was caught in the Gestapo dragnet that was pursuing a Soviet agent she had aided. She was executed shortly before the liberation of Paris. Suzanne Spaak is honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among Nations. Nelson’s “heartfelt story is almost a model for how popular history should be written; it will satisfy lovers of history, Jewish history in particular” (Library Journal).
Anne Nelson is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Suzanne's Children; Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler; Murder Under Two Flags: The US, Puerto Rico, and the Cerro Maravilla Cover-up; and The Guys: A Play. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harper’s, BBC, CBC, NPR, and PBS. Nelson is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She teaches at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501105333
ISBN-10: 1501105337
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 30th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English


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