November Reads: Working Couples, History-Making Women, and a 40-Year Love Story

Snow? SNOW??? Already? Well, on the bright side, it makes a good excuse to grab your warm blanket and a good book. This month we found some really interesting titles for you to enjoy.

Don’t forget to check out the SAIL Book Club, led by Jerry and Margaret Greeno. This month’s title is The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. The group will meet at Sequoya Library on November 20 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss it. All are welcome!

November reads: 

couples-that-work-jennifer-petriglieri-9781633697249Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive In Love and Work
By Jennifer Petriglieri led us to this title, where the author was recently interviewed. You can read her interview here.

Here’s a title for you to enjoy and then lend to lots of other people you know! In Couples That Work, INSEAD professor Jennifer Petriglieri rejects conventional, one-size-fits-all solutions and instead focuses on how dual-career couples can tackle and resolve the challenges they face throughout their lives–together. She identifies three key phases of exploration and personal growth in every couple’s work-life journey, showing how partners must navigate these together to strengthen their bond. Each phase is crystallized with a question:

  • How can we make this work? The first phase focuses on the logistics of combining two busy lives and often involves the demands of young children.
  • What do we really want? In the second phase, couples learn to navigate their midlife crises in ways that allow each partner to continue to feel happy and fulfilled.
  • Who are we now? With careers winding down and kids grown up, this last phase offers new freedoms–and uncertainties.

Based on a five-year research project, the book includes interviews with couples from over thirty countries–from executives to entrepreneurs and from twentysomething newlyweds to dual-career grandparents. Filled with vivid real-life stories, keen insights, and engaging exercises, Couples That Work will help couples develop their own unique answers to that most pressing question: How can we successfully combine love and work?

Available used on Amazon from $17.00 (used)  and $16.36 for Kindle. Currently on order at the Middleton Public Library.


9780316426084_p0_v2_s550x406No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History
By Gail Collins

Click here to read an interview with Gail Collins from Next Avenue.

“You’re not getting older, you’re getting better,” or so promised the famous 1970’s ad–for women’s hair dye. Americans have always had a complicated relationship with aging: embrace it, deny it, defer it–and women have been on the front lines of the battle, willingly or not.

In her lively social history of American women and aging, acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock (when a woman was considered marriageable if “civil and under fifty years of age”), to a few generations later, when they were quietly retired to elderdom once they had passed the optimum age for reproduction, to recent decades when freedom from striving in the workplace and caretaking at home is often celebrated, to the first female nominee for president, American attitudes towards age have been a moving target. 73-year-old Gail Collins gives women reason to expect the best of their golden years.

Available on Amazon for $13.49 (used) and up, Kindle for $15.99, Audiobook for 20.49 or one Audible credit, and Audio CD for $7.19 (used) and up.  Available at Madison Public Libraries in regular print (click here for availability), large print (click here for availability), and audiobook (click here for availability.) This is likely to be checked out since it’s fairly new, but ask your librarian to get you on the waiting list!


s-l640Ask Again, Yes
By Mary Beth Keane

An instant New York Times Bestseller, Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

Available on Amazon for $8.50 (used) and up, Kindle for $13.99, and Audiobook for $19.49 or one Audible credit.  Available at Madison Public Libraries in regular print (click here for availability), large print (click here for availability), and audiobook (click here for availability.) This is fairly new and likely to be checked out, but your librarian can help you hop on the waiting list!

Remember to shop through Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase can go to SAIL! And, as always, if you have an idea for a great book we should include, e-mail or call the SAIL office at 608-230-4321.

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