War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (Ronan Farrow)

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

“A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.

US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Continue reading…

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

“In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Continue reading…

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Hans Rosling)

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Continue reading…

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara)

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

“For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary​.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called ‘the Golden State Killer.’ Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. Continue reading…

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World (Jennifer Palmieri)

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Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards—to name a few—Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere—from boardrooms to living rooms—who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Continue reading…

Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)

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Educated: A Memoir

“Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her ‘head-for-the-hills’ bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Continue reading…

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

“A bold new work from the author of The Black Swan that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life. Continue reading…

I’ve Been Thinking…: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life (Maria Shriver)

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I’ve Been Thinking…: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life

“A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life:

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be.

In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field—a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion—a place of joy. Continue reading…

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved (Kate Bowler)

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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

“Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward ‘blessing.’ She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son.

Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Continue reading…

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts (Gary Chapman)

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

“Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today. Continue reading…