L4LL’s HHM Weekend Book Club Discussion Questions: Week 1

We really are psyched about the great discussion questions that our Weekend Book Club discussion leaders have posted on Facebook. It was suggested that perhaps we embed them in a single post where everyone can comment on them more easily without having to scroll through our Facebook page. We thought that was a great idea, so every Tuesday, we’ll be doing a recap of the weekend discussion questions. We’d love for you to join the discussions!

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Discussion led by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez




Unbreakable by Jenni Rivera
Discussion led by Betty Velasco Galvan



Latina Legacies by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol

Discussion led by Ezzy Guerrero-Languzzi




Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno

Discussion led by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez


Comments

  1. says

    One of the most profound passages from “My Beloved World” is this one, because it gets to the heart of what I consider to be a cultural lesson that does not serve today’s modern, professional Latinas. We were generally taught to be quiet, to be “humilde” and to not talk about ourselves and our accomplishments. To do so was clearly communicated to us as negative behavior. Yet, in the business world and certainly in entrepreneurial pursuits, we MUST be able to be loud and proud about the value of our work. Men do it. Latinos certainly do it. Sonia Sotomayor tells us that a large part of her success was due to ensuring her name was well known where it mattered. She wrote: “Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.”

    As mujeres, it’s imperative that we take those words to heart. Keeping your head down and “working hard” = “virtue in obscurity.” The sooner we understand that, the sooner more of us will blossom into the successful economic powerhouses that Latinas have already proven we can be. Thank you Justice Sotomayor for giving women permission to “be known to people.” :-)

    Graciela Tiscareno-Sato
    http://about.me/gracielaTSato

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