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The first rule of the The Happiness Project (our January book selection) is to show gratitude. In that spirit, the Public Relations and Communications Committee would like to thank all of the staff who have helped get the book club off to a promising start and Chancellor Folt for allocating funds to provide lunches to book club attendees. We also thank Bulls Head Books for lending us a meeting space and providing our book selections at 25% off the cover price!

Last month, the book club met to discuss The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin is a former law clerk who decides to leave her promising career behind to pursue her passion for writing. She decides along the way that despite her privileged life, she doesn’t feel as a happy as she should. To discover what happiness is and how to attain it, she embarks on a year-long experiment to research happiness and put into practice techniques for being happier. Book club participants discussed ways to create their own happiness projects and put Rubin’s advice into practice.

The next book club meeting will take place on February 28 at 12:00 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss Prof.The-Making-of-a-Southern-Democracy-North-Carolina-Politics-from-Kerr-Scott-to-Pat-Mccrory-Hardcover-P9781469606972 Tom Eamon’s book titled The Making of Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory. This book is an in-depth look at the ways in which political races and social issues such as gender and racial equality have shaped the development of North Carolina politics. Eamon attempts to explain how North Carolina evolved as a “progressive” Southern state and how bipartisan efforts to improve education played a role in boosting North Carolina’s reputation. Space is limited. Please register at

All UNC staff are welcome to join us for any of our future book club meetings. The following is a list of our monthly selections. Meetings will take place at Bulls Head Book Shop from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on the dates listed.

March 27: Love 2.0 (UNC Faculty Author Barbara Frederickson)
April 25: Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right by Mary Gentile
May 30: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
June 27: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
July 25: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
August 29: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

To suggest a book title for future consideration or sign up for book club email updates, please contact

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