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New book selections added through April 2015

We are pleased to announce new book selections through April 2015! Mark your calendars and look for registration links closer to the meeting dates. All book club meetings are scheduled to take place at Bulls Head Book Shop. Books can be purchased at a discount online or in store at Bulls Head.

September

• Friday, September 26, 2014 at noon– The Round House by Louise Erdrich (registration)

October

• Friday, October 24, 2014 at noon– The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

November

• Wednesday, November 26 at noon– The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

December-January (no meeting in December)

• Friday, January 30, 2015 at noon– The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

February

• Friday, February 20, 2015 at noon — Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

March

• Friday, March 27, 2015 at noon– Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

April

• Thursday, April 30, 2015 at noon– Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

 

 

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September book selection: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

roundhousecoverUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on September 26, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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August book selection: Nickel and Dimed

nickeldimedcoverUNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on August 29, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publisher’s description:

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes “undercover” as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job — any job — can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly “unskilled,” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors.

Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich’s perspective and for a rare view of how “prosperity” looks from the bottom. You will never see anything — from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal — in quite the same way again.

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July book selection: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

leanincoverUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on July 25, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Publishers description:

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.”  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

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2014 Annual Retreat Meeting Highlights

Join Us for I am Malala

 

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UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on June 27, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will be discussing the book I am Malala: The Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

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Join us for Giving Voice to Values

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on April 25, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will be discussing the book Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right by Mary Gentile. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

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Employee Forum Meeting Highlights 3/5/14

Join us for Love 2.0

UNC Staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 27, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will be discussing the book Love 2.0 by UNC author Barbara Fredrickson. The book can be purchased at a special discount online here or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Interested in learning more about the book? Check out the BBC interview with Prof. Fredrickson.

 

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