The What 10 Non-Fiction Books – Spring 2018
Every Non-Fiction book in this list is 100% Editorial. However, this feature is sponsored by the publishers of The Myth of The Nice Girl by Fran Hauser. Nice is a necessity and Fran Hauser’s The Myth of the Nice Girl is the instruction manual. Hauser will teach you to use your natural instincts—kindness, empathy, desire for personal connections—to give you an edge in business and in life.
Ten Books We’ve Read And Enjoyed Thus Far …
#1 (Deleted our original pick. Waiting on new selection.)
#2 All The Women In My Family Sing by Deborah Santana, America Ferrera & More. These inspiring essays on equality, justice, and freedom are part of a powerful anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Buy it here.
#3 Culture Code by Daniel Coyle. This book speaks to us deeply. As newly minted ‘Group Leaders’ we are always on the hunt for tips, tricks, and secrets to make us better at delivering on our mission of empowering, inspiring and engaging women. We often overthink WHAT we’re doing and over-strategize on HOW to do it. In every one of these instances, we’ve under-delivered or failed outright. This book reminds us that when we experiment on ideas, using intuition, skills and a shared mission as guidance, we almost always win. Our favorite example is the study of how kindergarteners outperform MBAs, CEOs and corporate leaders every single time in a building project using nothing but spaghetti, tape, string and a marshmallow. Stop overthinking and Buy it here.
#4 Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westbrook is a New York Times Best Seller and one of the most talked about books this Spring. We found it difficult to read and impossible to put down. If you loved The Glass Castle, this book is for you. Westover recounts her isolated childhood in a family of Mormon fundamentalists, her escape to freedom, how she earned an education and finally discovered her voice, despite all the roadblocks she encountered along the way. Her narrative and voice are unique and unflinching–earnest, observant, curious, and accepting of circumstances that are often brutal and infuriating. Buy it here.
#5 The End of Average by Todd Rose. We were intrigued by the promise of “How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness.” After all, who wants to be average in work, parenting, or intellect? We found this book to be a quick and fascinating read about the history of ‘average’ and the consequences of our obsessions with sameness. As Perennials, it’s hard not to appreciate Rose’s reimagining of our current system that evaluates and ranks individuals against an average that has never even existed. However, it raises more questions than it answers and it’s clear we have a long way to go before individuality and Perenniality are fully embraced by society. Makes a great gift for grads or anyone who needs a confidence boost or is struggling with how to break free from the expectations of ‘fitting in.’ Buy it here.
#6 Finding Your Why by Simon Sinek. We assign this to book to all new entrepreneurs who find themselves at an inflection point in their business especially those in the midst of determining whether or not to make a pivot in their business plan. Without understanding the deeper reasons behind WHY we do what we do, we can get carried away by distractions or spend time on projects that don’t further our true mission. Buy it here.
#7 I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara is a chilling true crime book about the Golden State Killer, a serial killer and rapist responsible for a dozen murders and terrible crimes. Published posthumously with the help of Patton Oswald, the widowed husband of the author, the book reignited interest in the case and led to the arrest of 72-year-old Joseph James D’Angelo a rogue ex-cop who was transferred numerous times with subsequent murders, rapes, and crimes resulting wherever he went. Buy it here.
#8 The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú, a third-generation Mexican American from Arizona who spent four years as a border patrol agent much to the chagrin of his mother, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, who believed he was working for a racist institution. Cantú experiences the painful realities about the racist brutality baked into our country’s legal system. This book is an important read in light of all this “Build A Wall” insanity and a sad reminder of how we treat our neighbors. Buy it here.
#9 What Would Virginia Woolf Do? by Nina Lorenz Collins is a compendium of oft-hilarious anecdotes, essays, and tips and tricks about everything women over 40 are curious about. What did the real Virginia Woolf do after her milestone birthday, you ask? Alas, she carefully filled her pockets with stones and walked into a lake to her watery death. Collins’s book and private Fb group of the same name is a lot more optimistic with helpful advice on everything from menopause, skincare, sex, empty nests, and more. Buy it here.
#10 When They Call You A Terrorist, A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele. If you are unaware of the origin of the Black Lives Matter movement, read this remarkable book. If you are American, read this book. Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the co-founder of the movement, was arrested at age 12 for her activism while growing up in Van Nuys, California. This book documents the eye-opening trajectory of the many experiences in Patrisse’s life that led to continuing the fight for civil rights in the face of violent racism. This book truly matters. Buy it here.