Virtual Book Club: Lean In

May 19, 2013  |  Culture, Family

So, I can’t pick up a piece of print or sift through my online reader without seeing the term lean in .  Screen shot 2013-05-19 at 9.52.58 PM

The NY Times calls lean in an idiom:

“Lean in” is the idiom of the moment for headline writers, the Twitterati and New Yorker cartoonists. Inevitably it has moved beyond mere shorthand for the ideas mapped out in Ms. Sandberg’s book, which urges women to assertively pursue career ambitions, “combine niceness with insistence” and demand that their partners share equally in child care. (NY TIMES MOTOKI 5/19/13).

The first time I saw lean in, I googled it, and got lots of flubbery internet mush. That was a few months ago, and Sheryl Sandberg’s name hadn’t been so fervently tagged to the term as it is now.   Months later, after skimming the surface on the internet, my interpretation of Leaning In is the idea that woman shouldn’t limit themselves-that we should summon our ambition yet retain all the sweetness that differentiates woman from man.

But my interpretation lacks conviction, so I want to read the actual book and talk to real people whom I like and respect to hear their ideas and perspectives too.

Herein likes the Virtual Book Club! Of course, we’ll start with Sandberg’s Lean In, but I hope to also read fun novels and juicy non fiction with you all as well.  Here’s the kick off plan:

1) I’ll serve as the moderator to start out with (we can switch roles if someone feels the desire to take care of all the online widgetry, but otherwise, I’m happy to be a permanent moderator).

2) I’ll put a few guiding questions on this site (kassandcorn.com) , and post the link on facebook.  I’ll probably do this by Thursday, May 23.  Respond to the questions via blog comments, and others can comment on your posts. This can happen throughout the week.  I’m thinking we could change books every 2-3 weeks.

3) On Monday nights at 8PM EST, we can have a livestream book club virtual chat via http://todaysmeet.com/LeanInBookChat

Let me know if these logistics work for you.  I’m thrilled to weave  people from my life from so many different places into a virtual (and real life) connection! Technology=Togetherness!!

xoxo Kass



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  3. I’m into it. Not in a position right now to take a leadership or organizer role but I would love to participate!

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