WIM Book Club: Next Book and Next Meeting

Next WIM Book Club meeting:
DATE: Monday, January 26, 2015
LOCATION: Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room
TIME: Noon to 1:00
BOOK: The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly
AND we will be deciding the next book, so please RSVP http://uscwim.org/calendar.asp so we can know your suggested book before the club meeting.

Something to read over the holidays!

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“What do you do with a tired old cop? You give him a bright young rookie to keep him on the ball. In return for this infusion of energy, the kid gets the benefit of the broad experience and infinite wisdom of the veteran. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, anyway. But in THE BURNING ROOM, Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch mystery, there’s precious little wisdom the L.A.P.D. detective can impart to his new partner, Lucia (Lucy) Soto, about the curious case of a homicide victim who took 10 years to die.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review

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Our previous book:
MyBriefHistory_ISBN_ 978-0-345-53528-3 At our meeting on December 8, 2014, we discussed Stephen Hawking’s memoir, “My Brief History,” a book we all enjoyed very much, but most of us would never have read if it wasn’t the club choice. Dr. Hawking writes in a dry, wry style that might be because he’s British, or possibly because his communication software only allows him to generate three words per minute. Either way, it’s a delightful book and due to the work that went into writing it, we’re lucky to have it. One thing that struck all of us is that Dr. Hawking writes, in this book, like he’s still the happy young guy on the cover, maybe a little older, but still that guy. Although WIM are intelligent, educated, sophisticated women of the world, we all admitted to being somewhat puzzled by the one small chapter on Dr. Hawking’s science. We had to look up some of the words, and even so, it wasn’t much clearer. More comprehensible were his working relationships with his fellow scientists and how, even when in competing areas or areas of disagreement, they kept their sense of humor, and kept the science first and foremost. “My Brief History” is a fast read, delightful and informative (even or especially the science chapter). Highly recommended.


When Talking About Bias Backfires, by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg

“A FATHER and his son are in a car accident. The father is killed and the son is seriously injured. The son is taken to the hospital where the surgeon says, ‘I cannot operate, because this boy is my son.’

“This popular brain teaser dates back many years, but it remains relevant today; 40 to 75 percent of people still can’t figure it out. Those who do solve it usually take a few minutes to fathom that the boy’s mother could be a surgeon. Even when we have the best of intentions, when we hear ‘surgeon’ or ‘boss,’ the image that pops into our minds is often male.

“Our culture’s strong gender stereotypes extend beyond image to performance, leading us to believe that men are more competent than women. Managers — both male and female — continue to favor men over equally qualified women in hiring, compensation, performance evaluation and promotion decisions. This limits opportunities for women and deprives organizations of valuable talent.”
Read more: When Talking About Bias Backfires, by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg, NY Times, December 6, 2014