“PARABLE OF THE SOWER” WE2 Book Club – Discussion January 2021

The WENetwork Book Club invites network members, students and alumni to joins us for a regularly scheduled book club with virtual video call discussions every few months. Genres include memoir, self-help, business, historical fiction, and science fiction. The books are chosen for their themes on gender, diversity in STEM and the workforce, advancing technology, energy crisis, women in leadership, intersectionality and identity, and other important topics for women in energy and engineering fields.


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WE2 Book Club Description and Reading List
WE2 Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct

CURRENT BOOK: “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler

DISCUSSION DATE: Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT

“When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith…and a startling vision of human destiny.”

Written in the early 1990’s by one of the greats of speculative fiction, “Parable of the Sower” explores themes surrounding leadership, trust, change, faith, climate change and sustainable living, and empathy as both a weakness and a strength.


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The next (3rd) Book Club discussion is expected to be held in March, and for Women’s History Month we are looking to pick a nonfiction book that explores the life and/or findings of an important woman or women in STEM. For this reason our top contenders are “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson or “Alchemy of Us” by Ainissa Ramirez. Feel free to reach out if there is another book you would like us to consider for Women’s History Month (or Black History Month since it will be past February as well).

Last event was in October 2020 where we discussion the book “Lean In'” by Sheryl Sandberg. You will notice that this is of a very different genre, though with some parallel themes. The WE2 Book Club plans to alternate genres and writing styles and we will all broaden our experienced together. Notes from Oct 2020 Discussion – LEAN IN

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