Polk County

Women Attorneys

PCWA Book Club

From time to time, PCWA hosts book club events for its members.  All PCWA members are encouraged to attend and share the invitation with peers in other industries who might like to participate.  Details and selections for upcoming PCWA Book Club Events are announced in our monthly newsletter


Upcoming Book Club Events


Watch our newsletter for details and selections for future book club events.  Have a question or a suggestion?  Contact our Community Engagement Chair Maggie Hanson at margaret.hanson@dentons.com.

PCWA is currently following CDC guidelines during in-person events.

By attending a PCWA event in person, you agree to abide by applicable current CDC guidelines and any masking protocol requested by the hosting venue for the duration of the event, taking into account your current vaccination status and the indoor/outdoor nature of the event.

Past Book Club Selections

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis


    A common theme we have been hearing from our colleagues is how many of us feel like we are falling short during this time of social distancing and working from home. Hollis’s book is a call for women to stop defining themselves in light of what others expect and to learn how to own who we are and what we want for ourselves.

      142 Ostriches by April Davila

      A new book by a new author: “Set against the unexpected splendor of an ostrich ranch in the California desert, April Davila’s beautifully written debut conjures an absorbing and compelling heroine in a story of courage, family, and forgiveness.” The fact alone that the heroine has 142 ostriches was enough to intrigue us – so we’re really excited to share this book with our members!  

      The Whisper Network, a novel by Chandler Baker

      A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and one of Oprah’s “Buzziest Books of 2019,” the Daily Beast says this book is “part page-turning thriller, part smart examination of the #MeToo movement, part feminist rallying cry…the satisfying ‘beach read’ we’ve earned.”

      Women at Work: Dealing with the Conflict of Being a Mother in the Courtroom, an article by Courtney Rowley

      This thought-provoking piece appeared in The Advocate magazine and is available online at https://www.advocatemagazine.com/article/2017-january/women-at-work.

      The Devil Wears Prada

      Read what Goodreads describes as “a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses” by Lauren Weisburger or watch the 2006 modern classic film starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep!

      Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race 

      A story of five women whose work at NASA changed the world, read the #1 New York Times best-selling novel by Margot Lee Shetterly or watch the 2016 critically acclaimed film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle MonĂ¡e.

      Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. and Amelia Nagoski, DMA

      Written by twin sisters with doctorate degrees based in psychology who found themselves in the common sequence of fight or flight episodes with no recovery, examining how the ongoing experience of major and minor stressors, without allowing your body to biologically process the beginning, middle, and end, can cause a crippling effect on your confidence, energy, productivity, physical health and mental health. 

      To learn more, read How to De-Stress:  Why You Need to Learn How to Complete the Stress Cycle, an article that appeared in Women's Health magazine or this book review by Robert Bogue of Thor Projects.  Or watch the authors promoting their work on YouTube or providing an interview for Connecting Point.  Or listen to the NPR story Beating Burnout: Sisters Write Book to Help Women Overcome Stress Cycle,  this discussion with the authors on Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us podcast, or this discussion with the authors from Dr. Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More podcast.  


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