Activities

LUNCH.COM
Lunch.Com meets every Friday at 1:00 p.m. for lunch. Contact Sherry Anderson for a lunch reservation.

GREAT DECISIONS
Great Decisions study group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7 P.M. at the home of Mary Witherspoon, 5713 Criner Road.  All AAUW members are invited to participate.  Call Mary at 256-881-6540 for more information.

Members of the group read a chapter in the Great Decisions Study Guide in preparation, and a member leads a discussion of it.  Chapters for this year are:

  • Energy Geopolitics
  • War Crimes
  • China and the U.S.
  • Economic Warfare
  • Politics in Latin America
  • Global Famine
  • Iran at a Crossroads
  • Climate Migration

BOOK CLUB
¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The February meeting will take place on the 4th Monday, February 26, 2024, at 5:30 pm. The location: Zoom. For more information, contact: Karen Rudiger, Patricia Smith, or June Wilson. For Zoom meetings, please register with June Wilson a few days before the meeting.

Click here for the ¡Adelante! 2023-2024 Final Reading List.


2023-2024 ¡Adelante! Reading List

September Book

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

Born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, Chung heard the story of her adoption as a comforting prepackaged myth. As she grew up – facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from – she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

October Book

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Why We’re Polarized reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America’s descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump’s rise to the Democratic Party’s leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.

 

November Book

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

 

December Book

Dear Denise: Letters to the Sister I Never Knew by Lisa McNair

Lisa McNair was born in 1964, one year after her older sister, Denise, was murdered in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Dear Denise is a collection of forty letters from Lisa addressed to the sister she never knew, but in whose shadow of sacrifice and lost youth she was raised. These letters offer an intimate look into the life of a family touched by one of the most heinous tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement.

 

January Book

Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle To Save America by Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick, one of the nation’s foremost legal commentators, tells the gripping and heroic story of the women lawyers who fought the racism, sexism, and xenophobia of Donald Trump’s presidency—and won.

 

February Book

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

 

March Book

Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond’s first book since his Pulitzer Prize winning Evicted is not just a study of who is poor in the world’s richest country. It also asks why. Crown published Poverty, by America on March 21, 2023. According to Crown, Desmond documents how the wealthy harm the poor, knowingly and unknowingly.

 

April Book

Master Slave Husband Wife: A Startling Tale of Disguise to Escape Slavery by Ilyon Woo

Ellen Craft was an enslaved woman and seamstress living in Macon, Georgia, in the 1840’s. She was given to her half-sister as a birthday present. In her early 20’s, Craft married an enslaved man, William Craft, a skilled cabinetmaker. Because they were afraid to have children that could be taken away from them, they came up with a bold plan: Ellen would disguise herself as a wealthy White man who was traveling with “his” enslaved person: her husband, William. They would escape to the North in plain sight.

 

May Book

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research that is Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating – and sorely necessary – new science of women. As Saini takes listeners on a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, she finds that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice.

 

June Book

Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past by Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizar

In Myth America, Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer have assembled an all-star team of fellow historians to push back against this misinformation. The contributors debunk narratives that portray the New Deal and Great Society as failures, immigrants as hostile invaders, and feminists as anti-family warriors. Based on a firm foundation of historical scholarship, their findings revitalize our understanding of American history.

 

July Book

Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millenials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents and What They Mean for America’s Future by Jean M. Twenge, Phd

The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millenials, Gen X, Boomers and Silents – and What They Mean for America’s Future

 

August Book

Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America by Keisha N. Blain

A blend of social commentary, biography and intellectual history, Until I Am Free is a manifesto for anyone committed to social justice. The book challenges us to listen to a working-poor and disabled Black woman activist and intellectual of the civil rights movement as we grapple with contemporary concerns around race, inequality, and social justice.