YWomen Read Book Club

Join the club!

Join us as we read and grow together to help educate ourselves and our community. The quarterly book selections will discuss social justice topics in line with the YWCA’s mission to “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all!”


How it works:

Each quarter we’ll choose a new book.
Each month we’ll focus on a section of the book to discuss and dissect.
We’ll meet virtually via Zoom to maintain social distancing.


Second Quarter: “Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival” by Pao Lor


Third Quarter: Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival

Register TO ATTEND OUR BOOK SIGNING AT THE YWCA BY JULY 8TH AND YOU WILL be entered in a drawing for A free book!

Courtesy of Two Shrews Publishing

  • July 15, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (In-person book signing)
  • August 19, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (TBD – in-person or virtual)
  • September 16, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (TBD – in-person or virtual)

Fourth Quarter: Book title TBD

  • October 21, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • November 18, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • December 16, 2021- 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where to get your books:

  • Lion’s Mouth Bookstore – Shop local in-person or online. Mention YWCA to get 15% off your purchase. (Put YWCA in the PO line if ordering online.)
  • Brown County Public Library – if you’d rather borrow than buy, the library will have limited copies of each selection available.
  • Two Shrews Press – is generously donating two copies for a random giveaway. Stay tuned to our social media channels for details!

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YWomen Read Library

Wondering what books we’ve already tackled? Here they are!

The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts
by Bisharo Abdullahi (Author), Nimco Sh. Abdullahi Hassan (Author), Najma Hussein (Author), Ifrah Mansour (Foreword)

America the Annoying, Painful, and Amazing… The Somali community in Green Bay, Wisconsin is a quiet, hidden, and often misunderstood part of a predominantly white population. But a small group of Somali teenage girls is trying to change that. They call themselves the United ReSisters. Attached are their stories. The First Winter is a trailblazing collection of reflections, conversations, letters, lists, and poems about their experiences as refugees and journeys to the United States. Exploring ambition, loss, their Muslim faith, a mother’s devotion, the power of sisterhood, the awkwardness of being a teenager, and other “annoying, painful, and amazing” experiences, these pieces shed new light on topics both veiled and universal. The First Winter is a celebration of homelands old and new: where these girls come from, where they are, where they’re going, and everywhere the power of family and friendship to make the unbearable bearable, meaningful, and even joyful.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.