What's in Your "Book" Bag?

What's in Your "Book" Bag?

One thing we love about summer is sharing our favorite books with friends. Or if you live in a city like NYC--you carry a few books in your bag for those long commutes. What’s in your “book” bag this summer? Here are a few books written by women that our staff is reading this summer:

Securing Our Seat

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by: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo

If you have followed some of the commentary on social media around Black History Month, you may have seen many folks calling for a do-over (with all the atrocities taking place from Gucci to Virginia and beyond). And even though a lot of jaw-dropping moments have taken place, it doesn’t take away from all the amazing accomplishments of women of color so far this year--like Kamala Harris running for President or Rosalind Brewer joining the board of Amazon. And maybe you have hit a goal or received a raise this month, those accomplishments are just as notable!

One accomplishment that I want to share with our community is that my upcoming book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Hachette Book Group is available for pre-order. The Memo is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color specifically, ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlook the unique barriers to success for women of color. I have written a lot about issues that women of color face in the workplace and I am excited to expand the conversation beyond just our Monday Memos.

Many of our ancestors were not permitted to learn to read and write, and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to write a book that sheds much-needed light on how women of color and black women experience the workplace. My book debuts on August 20th and I hope you would consider purchasing one for yourself, your friends, and your team. This book provides a roadmap to help women of color and their allies make a real change to the system.

Let’s continue to make history all year long!

End of Summer Reading List

The end of summer is approaching, but there’s still time to get in some productive summer-reading! Here are a few titles that will help you get ahead in your career and life, or might simply help you to unwind.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland

The end of summer signifies back-to-school for students and teachers, and back to the office for others. As a student, I feel especially disorganized right now! I have to finish everything that I put off all summer, and reorganize before I get back to my classes. Doland’s book will help you tackle the “physical, mental, and systemic distractions” in your life. Erin Rooney Doland has a website,, where she runs a blog about staying organized.

The Memo's Top 10 Summer Reads

1) Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

2) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

3) Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

4) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

5) The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

6) Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

7) The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

8) Women Who Don't Wait in Line by Reshma Saujani

9) The Juice Solution by Erin Quon and Briana Stockton

10) The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus