TOP BOOK PICKS

And Links to Non-Profits

CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING BOOKS ON LIST:
Current Issue; Inspiring; Well written; Good for discussion; Most no longer that 395 pages. We have no political or religious agenda. We have selected books for women's book groups that enlighten, educate, incite conversation, and are action-oriented, concentrating on the oppression of women and girls worldwide and their heroic acts.

LINKS TO NON-PROFITS:
Each book is linked to organizations in which your book group can take action. We show only a few of the incredible organizations helping women and girls. Choose one on this list or choose your own. Your book group can make a major difference.

To evaluate charities go to: charity navigator.org and www.charitywatch.org

Get savvy about choosing a charity. Read ‘A Path Appears’ by Kristof and WuDunn. “A roadmap to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be”.

Featured Book
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN - WHY WOMEN?
Women in books groups help women worldwide - we are all interdependent.

"Investing in women and girls is one of the best ways to make the world more peaceful and prosperous."……. " Research and experience has shown that women are more likely to invest their income in food, clean water, education and health care for their children, creating a positive cycle of change that lifts entire families, communities and nations out of poverty." (Women Thrive Worldwide)

When women thrive men thrive too. When you invest in women you invest in an entire community.

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide By: Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. 2009 Half the Sky is a Pulitzer Prize, game-changer book, a must-read, especially for women. The journalist authors Kristof and WuDunn spent months in Africa and Asia, studying mainly three areas: sex trafficking and forced prostitution, maternal mortality and gender-based violence. If you do nothing else but learn how key it is to educate girls around Read more >


Other Top Book Pics
a walk across the sun

By: Corban Addison. 2012 A most compelling and eye-opening novel, sensitively written—by a man—about a difficult and sensitive subject: sex-trafficking. You care about the characters from the start: you follow two Indian girls who lose their family during the tsunami and are vulnerable; halfway across the world in alternate chapters you meet a brilliant lawyer who is at a moment in time with his career. The book is very well Read more >

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity By: Katherine Boo. 2012 This Pulitzer Prize author takes us on an incredible journey into the underbelly of society, in this case going into the lives of people living in the Annawadi Slum near the airport in Mumbai, India. She has deservedly won the “MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant “ for extraordinary reporting of the poor, both in the United States and in India. Read more >

A Modern Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, and The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. By: Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent. 2008 This is the true story of an African American man who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery, an upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel and his extraordinary wife. This amazing story of one woman’s dream changed the lives of Read more >

By: Nujood Ali, with Delphine Minoui, translated by Linda Coverdale. 2010 This is the true story of a remarkable 10 year-old Yemeni girl who has become an international hero for her brave resistance to child marriage. She was married off by her impoverished family at age 10, raped and beaten by her husband and somehow found the courage to escape, find her way to a courthouse and with the help Read more >

An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil By: Deborah Rodriguez, with Kristin Ohlson. 2007 A fascinating and unique inside-look at the everyday life of ordinary women living in Kabul, written by a Western woman! Debbie, a hairdresser from Michigan, arrives in Afghanistan in 2002 to volunteer, but sees that the women and expats living in Kabul are dying for a place to have their hair treatments, makeup, etc. So by Read more >

By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 2007 Remarkable book, remarkable woman. You may recognize Hirsi Ali as the woman from Somalia who was raised Muslim, escaped to Holland, was elected to Dutch Parliament, worked on a film whose director was killed and eventually fled to the USA, under bodyguard. She boldly exposes Islamic culture as “brutal, bigoted, [and] fixated on controlling women”. Hirsi Ali was subjected to female mutilation, forced into an Read more >

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide By: Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. 2009 Half the Sky is a Pulitzer Prize, game-changer book, a must-read, especially for women. The journalist authors Kristof and WuDunn spent months in Africa and Asia, studying mainly three areas: sex trafficking and forced prostitution, maternal mortality and gender-based violence. If you do nothing else but learn how key it is to educate girls around Read more >