Books

Featured Book – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years now (really since it first came out) and I’m so grateful I finally took the time to read it. Whitehead is a phenomenal writer who depicts the harsh realities of American slavery while overlaying a powerful, introspective fictional account of a runaway slave and her escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad. The characters, story lines – everything in this book is so special. Highly recommend reading if you haven’t yet!

Other Recent Favorite Books:
The Will To Change – bell hooks
What The Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell
Do/Story – Bobette Buster

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

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 Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
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
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
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
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