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Top Picks from the Member Connections Book Club

You might think that "book club" is a new Impact Austin activity. It's not, in fact! We gathered in 2007, 2008, and 2012 to learn from authors who wrote about philanthropy, and members attending received a copy of each book under discussion. In 2013, "Impact Austin Book Club" met as members only to discuss Creating Change through Family Philanthropy. Learn more about these books in our blog about Impact Austin's commitment to philanthropy education.

In September 2023, Impact Austin's Member Connections team launched a rejuvenated Book Club. It has been very successful! At each meeting, members were asked to share recommended books that others might enjoy. Read on to see the books that have been discussed and recommended. Another Book Club is in the works for Spring 2024.


January's book under discussion
  • The Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear

  • America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

  • No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister

  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

  • Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl by Renee Rosen

  • The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann

  • The Small Woman by Alan Burgess

  • Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following your Heart by Kamal Ravikant

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Up The Down Escalator: Medicine, Motherhood, and Multiple Sclerosis by Lisa Doggett

  • The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

  • Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing by Peter Robison

  • Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jessie Q. Sutano

  • How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding you Back from your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

  • VentureGirls; Raising Girls to be Tomorrow's Leaders by Cristal Glangchai

  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

  • Mr. Texas by Lawrence Wright

  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers


September's book club selection
  • Up the Down Escalator by Lisa Doggett

  • Finding Me by Viola Davis

  • Spare by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex

  • Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

  • The Flamenco Academy by Sarah Bird

  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams and Madeline Miller

  • Personal History: A Memoir by Katherine Graham

  • Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • An Impossible Return by Caroline Laurent and Jeffrey Zuckerman

  • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

  • Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough

  • The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • All I Ever Wanted by Kathy Valentine (GoGo's bass player and Austinite)

  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

There were general recommendations for books by James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Isabel Allende, Kristin Hannah, Zora Neale Hurston.


Impact Austin's Book Club is part of the Member Connections initiative. We believe the member experience is enhanced when members gather to develop and strengthen both personal and professional relationships. Member Connections are specially curated events designed to enrich your experience by fostering a deeper sense of community, cultivating relationships and friendships among members, and building networks.


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