2019 Work/Life Book Club


The Work/Life Book Club is back for another year! We hope you will explore our choices for 2019 and join us for any or all discussions. Book Club discussions will take place from 12:00 - 1:00pm in the designated month and are open to SAS employees and family. Check the Work/Life Calendar throughout the year for specific dates and registrations. Registration is for each individual discussion. Happy reading!



The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Page Cvelich

Page Cvelich: I'm attracted to The Five Invitations because it has so much to do with living life wide (fully). I'm intrigued that the author spent many years with people who were dying in order to reveal a handful of avenues that can help me wake up and be more present to the life right in front of me. It's an invitation, graciously given.




Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Dana Aderhold

Dana Aderhold: I was interested in this book not because I wanted to start a meditation practice but because I realized that I wanted to be more present. I spend a good amount of time thinking about the past or anticipating the future so I wanted some strategies for being more in the moment. Bonus if it also helps with concentration, focus and sleep (spoiler alert: it does!)




The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Katie Seavey Pegoraro

Katie Seavey Pegoraro: I enjoy coordinating gatherings so I was intrigued by the title. Once I read Priya Parker's bio I was curious to learn more from her perspective and expertise. The book reaches beyond the basic gatherings I had in mind, to workplace meetings and many other (obvious and not so obvious) situations in which people are brought together. The overall theme of purposefulness resonates with me. What fun it will be to use a group discussion about this book as a chance to apply lessons from this book!



Furiously Happy:  A Funny Book about Horrible Things

Kim Andreaus

Kim Andreaus: I  chose this book because it meets 3 of my main criteria for a book:  it makes me laugh, it moves me, and I learn!  have been a fan of Jenny Lawson for years - I am so moved by her willingness to be vulnerable as she shares her experience with mental illness with grace and humor (and I mean laugh out loud humor!)




Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride

Lisa Allred

Lisa Allred: I have been looking into how to make lasting behavior changes and read some articles by this author. The idea that we can leverage our social emotions (gratitude, compassion, and pride) to improve our ability to delay gratification and make better choices is fascinating to me. Although it doesn't seem obvious at first, it makes perfect sense and I can't wait to discuss this book.




About Author

Katie Seavey Pegoraro

Sr Associate Work Life Program Manager

Katie Seavey Pegoraro supports employees with issues of stress and balance, providing tools and resources to cope when life feels overwhelming. Katie is a contact for those who may be coping with issues of mental health, substance use, or grief and loss. A young professional herself, Katie is a unique support to employees who are navigating the many life transitions that occur in your 20's and 30's.

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