Book Discussion

The history of women in the workplace is long and storied. These titles and more are now on display and available to borrow.

By Sheryl Sandberg

Format: print
Supporting women in the workplace through community, education, and circles.

NPR Interviews Offering Two Perspectives:
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Explains What’s Holding Women Back
Lean In: Not Much of a Manifesto But Still a Win for Women

Publisher Description
In Lean In, [Sandberg] shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals. The book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world….. Read more…

By Lynn Povich

Format: print

“Good Girls” Fight to be Journalists (from the New York Times)

“Good Girls Revolt” Story of a Newsroom Uprising (from National Public Radio)

Interview with the Author (from The Daily Beast)

Publisher Description
On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement entitled “Women in Revolt,” forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit––the first by women journalists––and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit… Read more…

By Ruth Rosen

Format: print

The Feminist Mystique (from the New York Times)

Author’s Website

Book Discussion with the Author (46:29 via CSPAN)

Publisher Description
In this enthralling narrative-the first of its kind-historian and journalist Ruth Rosen chronicles the history of the American women’s movement from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present. Interweaving the personal with the political, she vividly evokes the events and people who participated in our era’s most far-reaching social revolution. Rosen’s fresh look … Read more…


By Rebecca Skloot

Format: e-book, downloadable audiobook, and print

View in Library catalog

Explore the author’s official website

New York Times Book Review, Eternal Life

An interview with the author in Smithsonian Magazine, Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells

Book Description from the Author’s Website
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

Soon to be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.

Join Mitchell College faculty, staff and students for a book discussion held at the library on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m.  This discussion, led by Dr. Nancy Tolson, will explore The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Refreshments will be provided.

Copies are available now at the library main desk. Or, purchase a copy at the Mitchell College bookstore or on

Join Mitchell College faculty, staff and students for the first in a series of book discussions held at the library on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 1 at 12:00p.m.  These faculty-led discussions with explore  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Many thanks to Dr. Kimberly Blake, Dr. Scott Horton, and Dr. Nancy Tolson for facilitating these community discussions.

Copies are available at the library desk or for purchase at the Mitchell College bookstore or

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