Books

Featured Book – Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

This summer, so many people have been talking about Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist, an excellent examination of racism and antiracism. Stamped From The Beginning, Kendi’s first book, is an incredible compilation and explanation of racism and racist ideas that took my understanding in this area of work to an entirely new level. It’s a powerful historical analysis with deep implications for the work of antiracists for years to come.

Other Recent Favorite Books:
All About Love – bell hooks
Emergent Strategy – adrienne maree brown
Counting Descent – Clint Smith III

Book Lists

Below are several lists of my favorite books of all time, in a bunch of different categories – I hope you enjoy! And please comment at the bottom with other suggestions you have too!

Biography
12 Years A Slave – Solomon Northup
Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcom X
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela
Night – Elie Wiesel
Educated – Tara Westover
The Color of Water – James McBride

Fiction
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Salt Houses – Hala Alyan
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
1984 – George Orwell

Historical Fiction
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
The Good Lord Bird – James McBride
The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Inspirational
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The First Phone Call From Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
All About Love – bell hooks
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Work – Wes Moore
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Judaism
The Sabbath – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Night – Elie Wiesel
To Life – Rabbi Harold Kushner
Exodus & Revolution – Michael Walzer
Changing the World from the Inside Out – Rabbi David Jaffe
Moral Resistance & Spiritual Authority – Various Authors
Relational Judaism – Ron Wolfson
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Leadership & Productivity
The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
Essentialism – Greg McKeown
Grit – Angela Duckworth
Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg
Getting Things Done – David Allen
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
Emergent Strategy – adrienne maree brown

Non-Fiction
Bad Blood – John Carreyou
Palaces for the People – Eric Klinenberg
The Unwinding – George Packer
1776 – David McCullough
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
David & Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
The Other Wes Moore – Wes Moore
The Gatekeepers – Chris Wipple

Social Justice
How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
Between The World & Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Rest In Power – Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin
We Were Eight Years In Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
The Will To Change – bell hooks
Becoming Ms. Burton – Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
Evicted – Matthew Desmond
Not That Bad – Roxane Gay
Stamped From The Beginning – Ibram X. Kendi
The Stonewall Reader – New York Public Library