Book Club Announcement

Staff Executive, in partnership with the Hiebert Library, is starting a book club for the entire FPU community!   

Administration, faculty, staff and students are all welcome to participate. This spring semester, there will be three books from three different genres including nonfiction, professional development and fiction. Our goal is to get something started with the hope that it will grow. There will be time later in the semester to suggest books and offer to lead the discussion in the future .  

Specific meeting days with locations will come later, but for now, here is the list of meetings, and books with summaries: 

  • Week of March 16-20: David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. Leader: Kerry Sue Brown (Kerry.brown@fresno.edu
  • Summary from Amazon: 

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then, the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.  
 
Or should he have?  
 
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. 
 
Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. 

https://www.amazon.com/David-Goliath-Underdogs-Misfits-Battling/dp/0316204374. Retrieved on 1/12/2020. 

  • Week of Week of March 30-April 3: Chief Joy Officer by Richard Sheridan. Leader: Jon Endicott (jon.endicott@fresno.edu
  • Summary from Penguin-Random House: 

The founder of Menlo Innovations and author of the business culture cult classic Joy, Inc offers an inspirational guide to leaders seeking joy in the challenge of leading others. 

Rich Sheridan’s Joy, Inc. told the story of how his tiny software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan achieved success and renown by embracing offbeat culture and human-centered values. In Chief Joy Officer, he turns his attention from culture to leadership and draws on his experience running Menlo and consulting elsewhere to offer a wise, provocative guide on how anyone can build leadership capacity for joy within their own organization. 

Filled with colorful anecdotes from Sheridan's personal journey and wisdom from many leadership mentors, Chief Joy Officer offers an approachable, down-to-earth philosophy and practice that will help even the most disillusioned of middle managers bring a renewed sense of purpose to their work building others. 

A 2018 Nautilus Book Award Winner for Business and Leadership! 

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557539/chief-joy-officer-by-richard-sheridan-foreword-by-tom-peters/ n. Retrieved on 1/12/2020 

  • Summary by Kevin Kwan books: 

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. 

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.  

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich. 

 

http://www.kevinkwanbooks.com/#pages/portfolio/project_1.html. Retrieved on 1/12/2020