Reader’s Lounge

by Michelle Toren

Ah, the elusive work/life balance! How does one attain it? Check out the following books for tips on about feeling calm, grounded and clear headed while you crush it at the office.

Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing your Career

By Lisen Stromberg

This book seeks to shatter the antiquated notion that in order to have a stellar career, a woman must sacrifice motherhood, and vis versa. After the birth of her second child, author Lisen Stromberg opted out of work to focus on her family. Stromberg paused, then pivoted, to become first a social entrepreneur and then an award-winning journalist writing about women, work and life in Silicon Valley.

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

by Tiffany Dufu

This inspiring memoir is by a leading figure in the women’s leadership movement. Tiffany Dufu counsels women on how to cultivate essential skills, reevaluate expectations, set realistic goals and meaningfully engaging with others in order to thrive in personal and professional arenas. She gives a first-hand account of feeling defeated as she pursued her personal and career goals until the solution came to her: let go. Described by readers as transparent, authentic and funny, this book is sure to hit home with women facing the same internal struggle.

Oola: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

by Dave Braun 

Working moms are the ultimate multitaskers: They not only juggle kids, family and home life, but they also balance work responsibilities, customers and clients. This book demonstrates through the experiences of 54 inspiring women how to overcome unexpected hardships and transform the push-and-pull of everyday life into a dream of simplicity, tranquility, abundance and opportunity.

Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family

by Anne-Marie Slaughter 

Slaughter became a leading voice in the nationwide discussion on work-life balance and on women’s changing role in the workplace. Now, she is here with her eagerly anticipated take on the problems we still face and how we can finally get past them. In her pragmatic, down-to-earth style, Slaughter bursts the bubble on all the half-truths we tell young women about “having it all” and explains what is necessary to get true gender equality, both in the workplace and at home. Deeply researched and filled with all the warm, wise and funny anecdotes that first made her the most trusted and admired voice on the issue, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s book is sure to change minds and ignite debate.


Michelle Toren is a librarian at the Walker Branch of the Kent District Library and a mother of three children, three dogs, two bunnies and a cat. 



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