Relax with a Good Book this Summer!

July 19, 2021 |
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Heading out on summer vacation? Commonfund Institute has compiled a list of readings to accompany you on your travels to the lake, mountains, beach or wherever you might be headed.

We hope you find this line-up as robust as we do. Below is a catalog of books for all types of readers covering a wide scope of interests. We’d love to hear what’s on your reading list. Email us with your thoughts/reviews at cfinstitute@commonfund.org. Safe travels!

Insightful:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance | Angela Duckworth

“Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls 'grit.'”¹

No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything You Can from Everyone You Can | Robert Reffkin

“The inspirational story of Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, whose mother, mentors, and search for belonging taught him valuable lessons that anyone with a dream can put into action today to improve their own quality of life.” ²

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What you Don’t Know | Adam Grant

Adam Grant “examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.”³

Inspirational:

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact | Chip Heath

“Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.”⁴

The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law | Haben Girma

“The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage. Haben takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman’s determination to find the keys to connection.”⁵

Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng

“A riveting story that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives…….Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” 

US/World Events:

After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made | Ben Rhodes

“Part memoir and part reportage, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. In his travels, Rhodes comes to realize how much America’s fingerprints are on a world we helped to shape, through our post–Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism and our post-9/11 nationalism and militarism; our mania for technology and social media; and the racism that fueled the backlash to America’s first Black president.”

The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America | Greg Grandin

“Acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history – from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America’s constant expansion – fighting wars and opening markets – served as a “gate of escape,” helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country’s problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly.”

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid | Deckle Edge

“From the fateful first moments of the outbreak in China to the storming of the U.S. Capitol to the extraordinary vaccine rollout, Lawrence Wright’s The Plague Year tells the story of Covid-19 in authoritative, galvanizing detail and with the full drama of events on both a global and intimate scale, illuminating the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the pandemic.”

Racial Justice/Diversity:

So You Want to Talk About Race | Ijeoma Oluo

“Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.”10

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together | Heather McGhee

The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to paint an irrefutable story of racism’s costs, but at the heart of the book are the humble stories of people yearning to be part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves.”11

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience | Tarana Burke & Brené Brown

“Tarana Burke and Brené Brown invited some of the most influential Black writers and cultural figures in the United States to discuss vulnerability, shame resilience, and the Black experience. What emerged is a stunning collection of essays that explore the trauma of white supremacy and the beauty and fullness of Black humanity and Black possibility.”12

 

 

Sources

  1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  2. No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything You Can from Everyone You Can
  3. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What you Don’t Know
  4. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
  5. The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
  6. Little Fires Everywhere
  7. After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made
  8. The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
  9. The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid
  10. So You Want to Talk About Race
  11. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
  12. You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

 

 

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