Hello CWBA members! I am honored to take the lead for the CWBA Book Club. My goal is to select books that challenge our thinking and aid in our shared desire to grow as humans and attorneys. Our non-fiction book selections will be posted on the 1891 blog. To facilitate discussion, I may post questions about our selection or supplemental reference materials in the book club forum. One other way to engage will be during our bi-monthly zoom hosted by the CWBA. However, if you are not comfortable participating online, feel free to reach out to me offline to chat more about the selection. I hope you find value in the book club and I look forward to feedback, good or bad.
Best, Amy Petri Beard
Our Next Book:
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
December 10, 2020
The 2015 recipient of the American Book Award, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire. Watch the calendar for a Zoom call on December 10 to discuss.
"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
February 11, 2021
Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”
"My Own Words" by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
April 8, 2021
My Own Words “showcases Ruth Ginsburg’s astonishing intellectual range” (The New Republic). In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, who introduce each chapter and provide biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted.
Our Last Book:
"Dare to Lead" by Brené Brown
"Dare to Lead" is a New York Times best-selling book. Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change-makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Join us Thursday, October 8 to discuss - click the link below to sign up.