Books

Featured Book – Educated by Tara Westover

Education is an issue I’m incredibly passionate about; but this book is about way more than school, homework, and tests. A memoir set in rural Idaho, Educated is Westover’s story of surviving her government conspiracy, end-of-days believing family and setting out to find a world beyond anything she could have imagined. This book is powerful and courageous, and compassionately shows Westover’s true struggle to understand herself. It’s a book that will stick with you for a long time.

Other Recent Favorite Books:
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Bad Blood – John Carreyou

Book Lists

Below are several “Top 10” 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

Classics
1984 – George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck

Fiction
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
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 Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

Inspirational
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The First Phone Call From Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
For One More Day – Mitch Albom
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Work – Wes Moore

Leadership & Productivity
The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
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
Leadership on the Line – Ron Heifetz & Marty Linsky

Non-Fiction
Bad Blood – John Carreyou
Ill Fares The Land – Tony Judt
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
Nobody – Marc Lamont Hill
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
Writing My Wrongs – Shaka Senghor
Becoming Ms. Burton – Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
Evicted – Matthew Desmond
Whiteness of a Different Color – Matthew Jacobson