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“I write for kids, and kids tend to be optimists. Even when the book has a dark theme, it’s always through the eyes of a fictional hero, a young person with integrity, someone a reader can identify with and in turn find a kind of integrity and power in themselves. The role of fiction is to rehearse one’s life. When reading books where they encounter things that they haven’t yet faced, they subconsciously rehearse what their reaction will be, how they’ll grapple with such things.”

– Louis Lowry, Author of The Giver.

 

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Mind Bending And Life Altering: 

 

  • The Art of Happiness by the 14th Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
  • The Methods of Nonviolent Action By Gene Sharp
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self by Michael Easter
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky
  • This Moment Is the Perfect Teacher: Ten Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Inner Strength and Compassion by Pema Chödrön
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Free Will by Zen Harris and Moran Cerf
  • The True Believer By Eric Hoffer
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by neurologist António Damásio
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
  • Character and Opinion in the United States by George Santayana
  • Teenage gender dysphoria: Irreversible Damage by Abigail Shrier
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Discovery Of The Unconscious by Henri F. Ellenberger
  • The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
  • Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman

 

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BEST Investigative Reporting: 

 

  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
  • Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Hariri
  • Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollen

 

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Chess Books:  

 

  • Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life by Viswanathan Anand
  • Timman’s Titans: My World Chess Champions by Jan Timman
  • The Moves That Matter By Jonathan Rawson

 

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Fiction: 

 

  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • The Yearling is a novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • Pandemic by Albert Camus
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

 

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Memoirs: 

 

  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
  • A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • The Opposite Of Loneliness By Marina Keegan
  • American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Family Life: A Novel by Akhil Sharma
  • Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Half of a Yellow Sun: A Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  • Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and One Man’s Story of Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  • Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 

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Digital Literacy: Truth About Tech:  

 

  • Humans Need Not Apply By Jerry Kaplan
  • Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke
  • A Human’s Guide To Machine Intelligence By Kartik Hosanagar

 

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Peak Performance And Personal Development: 

 

  • Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
  • The ONE Thing by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Homo Prospectus by Martin Seligman et al
  • 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman
  • Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
  • The Right Choice​ by Shiv Shivakumar
  • Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
  • Work Rules by Laszlo Bock
  • The Unfair Advantage by Ash Ali & Hassan Kubba
  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown
  • Solve For Happy by Mo Gawdat (Also a memoir)
  • The Practice By Seth Godin
  • Tiny Beautiful Things from Dear Sugar
  • You Think You Have Existential Angst, Read: Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  • Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships by Sue Johnson
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • To Sell is Human, by Dan Pink
  • Influence By Robert B. Cialdini
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • Tools of the Titans by Tim Ferriss

 

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Business And Professional Development: 

 

  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
  • Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World by Ashley Goodall and Marcus Buckingham
  • Mastering the Cube: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks and Building an Organization that Works by Reed Deshler
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future By Peter Thiel
  • Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

 

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Parenting Our Digital Children: 

 

  • The Mindful Parent By Dr. Charlotte Peterson

 

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Best Documentaries: 

 

  • Love, Death + Robots
  • Blackfish
  • Earthlings

 

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Picture Books On Life: 

 

 

 

 

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Short Stories: 

 

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  • Kafan by Munshi Prem Chand
  • Mr Know-All by Williams Somerset Maugham

 

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On Writing: 

 

  • Make a Scene By Jordan E. Rosenfeld
  • Story Structure Architect By Victoria Lynn Schmidt

 

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Novels: 

 

  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • Luck by Mark Twain: So funny about how luck only preserved instead of hardwork and brilliance, BONUS: Jealous protagonist.

 

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Poems: 

 

  • Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • Her Kind by Anne Sexton
  • Hedgehog by Chu Chen Po
  • Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins

 

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Wish To Read:

 

  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
  • The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • The AI Economy: Work, Wealth and Welfare in the Age of the Robot Book by Roger Bootle
  • The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
  • Descartes’ Error by Antonio Damasio
  • Hola Papi : How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons By John Paul Brammer
  • Pain Free by Pete Egoscue
  • Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
  • The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
  • On Creativity: The Art of Possibility by Roz & Ben Zander
  • The Game by Neil Strauss
  • A Man In Love By Karl Ove Knasgard
  • Land of Seven Rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal
  • The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
  • The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
  • Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  • The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
  • God’s Debris by Scott Adams
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick

 

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Global Educators: 

 

  • Pep Marí, was the head psychologist in the High Performance Center (CAR) of Sant Cugat (Barcelona)
  • David A. Sousa (Author: The Power of Student Teams) (Said Teachers are Brain Changers, underlying neuroscience of how learning works) (Educational Neuroscience)
  • Carol Ann Tomlinson (Differential Education)
  • Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine
  • Linda Liukas: Lady in STEM – TED Talk
  • Adriana Gascoigne Girls In Tech
  • Chris Urmson: Co-founder and CEO at @Aurora_inno developing self-driving cars.
  • Jinnah Dylan Hosein: Actor, Engineer, Scientist

 

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Neuroscientists: 

 

  • Jon Levy. Behavioral scientist studying Influence, Connection & Trust
  • Robert Sapolsky, Author Of “Behave”
  • Michael Thomas: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Dr. Andrew Huberman – Neurologist
  • V. S. Ramachandran: American-Indian neuroscientist: Phantom Limbs
  • Moran Cerf, Author Of Free Will

 

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Thought Leaders: 

 

  • Jonathan Haidt on The Open Mind: Politics and Religion: Testing American Righteousness
  • Martin Lindstrom – Organizational Guidance System
  • Sheena Iyengar, Author Of The Art of Choosing
  • Maria Angelita Ressa
  • Slavoj Žižek (Slovenian Philosopher)

 

 

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Writers: 

 

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Carmen Agra Deedy
  • Meenakshi Jain, Political Scientist And Historian
  • James Baldwin
  • Mallory Ortberg
  • Johann Eduard Hari – British-Swiss Writer

 

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Philosophers: 

 

  • Friedrich Nietzsche: Creative Self Expression
  • Marcus Aurelius

 

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Psychologists: 

 

  • William James – Founder Of Modern Psychology
  • Dr Shelja Sen
  • Jean Piaget: Swiss psychologist: Child Development: Science and Spirituality
  • Abraham Maslow: Creator of Self-actualization concept.
  • DR. DANIEL SIEGEL
    Psychiatrist, Author, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute
  • DR. LAURA MARKHAM
    Clinical Psychologist, Author, Founder of Ahaparenting.com
  • KIM JOHN PAYNE
    Counselor, Author of Being At Your Best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst
  • DR. TINA PAYNE BRYSON
    Psychotherapist, Author of The Power of Showing Up
  • DR. CHRISTINE CARTER
    Sociologist, Greater Good Science Center
  • DR. STUART SHANKER
    Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute, Author of Self-Reg
  • DAYNA ABRAHAM
    Author of The Superkids Activity Guide, National Board Certified Teacher
  • DR. JOHN DUFFY
    Clinical Psychologist, Author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety
  • DR. LYNYETTA WILLIS
    Licensed Psychologist, Author of the children’s book My Forgotten Self
  • DR. KELLY BROGAN
    Holistic Psychiatrist, Author of A Mind of Your Own
  • CINDY WANG BRANDT
    Author of Parenting Forward, Podcaster, Speaker
  • SUZANNE MACDONALD TUCKER
    Physical Therapist, Founder of Generation Mindful
  • DR. PETER GRAY
    Psychology Professor, Author of Free to Learn
  • JANELL BURLEY HOFMANN
    Author of iRules, Speaker, Consultant
  • DR. RICK HANSON
    Psychologist, Author of Resilient and Neurodharma
  • DR. JOSEPH LEE
    Psychiatrist, Creator of Mental Healthiness classes
  • JENNIFER MILLER
    Author of Confident Parents, Confident Kids, Consultant
  • DR. SUSAN POLLAK
    Psychologist, Author of Self-Compassion for Parents
  • TOSHA SCHORE
    Parent Coach, Co-author of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges
  • IRIS CHEN
    Recovering Tiger Mother, Unschooling Mom, Parent Coach
  • COCO STANBACK
    Certified ADHD Coach, Certified CPS Provider
  • DR. DEBORAH MACNAMARA
    Counsellor, Author of Rest, Play, Grow
  • KEIRA MERKOVSKY
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Founder of Relationship Cubed

 

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