2019 Book Selections

 

JANUARY 2019

The Book of Beautiful Questions
The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect and Lead

by Warren Berger

In The Book of Beautiful Questions, Warren Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders and some of the world's foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making, creativity, leadership and relationships.

 

FEBRUARY 2019

Rebel Talent
Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

by Francesca Gino

Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.

 

 

 MARCH 2019

Way of the Wolf
Straight Line Selling: Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence
and Success

by Jordan Belfort

In Way of the Wolf, Jordan Belfort unleashes the power of persuasion to a whole new generation, revealing how anyone can bounce back from devastating setbacks, master the art of persuasion and build wealth. Every technique, strategy and tip has been tested and proven to work in real-life situations.
 
 

APRIL 2019

Maid
Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive

by Stephanie Land

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie Land writes, about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives — their sadness and love, too — she begins to find hope in her own path. 

 

MAY 2019

Bad Blood
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes — now the subject of the HBO documentary, The Inventor, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley. Bad Blood has been heralded as the Best Business Book of 2018.

JUNE 2019

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

 

JULY 2019

The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books — and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind and soul of our country. This book is also a master journalist’s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, libraries are more necessary than ever.

 

AUGUST 2019

First
Sandra Day O'Connor

by Evan Thomas

The intimate and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, draws on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives. Women (and men) who want to be leaders and first in their own lives — who want to learn when to walk away and when to stand their ground — will be inspired by O'Connor's example. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

Dare to Lead

by Brene Brown

The ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.

 
 
 
 

OCTOBER 2019

Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know

by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, examines our interactions with people we don't know. 

 

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Digital Minimalism

by Cal Newport

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day "digital declutter" process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.

 

DECEMBER 2019

Less
A Novel

by Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

 

 

 

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