Books I Recommend, Updated September 2018

Books I Recommend, Updated September 2018

Writing and Other Arts

  • Prose, Francine, Reading Like a Writer
  • King, Stephen, On Writing
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big Magic
  • Lencek, Lena, and Brunello, Pero, How to Write Like Chekhov
  • Hemingway, Ernest, Ernest Hemingway on Writing
  • Gioia, Ted, How to Listen to Jazz

Career Development/Vocation

  • Aujla, Dev, 50 Ways to Get a Job
  • Johnson, Whitney L.  Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
  • Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind
  • Hallenbeck, George. Learning Agility
  • Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Wilber, Ken. Integral Life Practice
  • Palmer, Parker. Let Your Life Speak
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  • Rohr, Richard. Falling Upward

 Diversity and Inclusion

  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, We Should All Be Feminists
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi, Between the World and Me
  • Kaplan, Mark, and Donovan, Mason, The Inclusion Dividend
  • Wilkerson, Isabel, The Warmth of Other Suns
  • Sandberg, Sheryl, Lean In
  • Downs, Alan, Velvet Rage
  • Baldwin, James, Giovanni’s Room
  • Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Blaisdell, Bob, ed., Great Speeches by Native Americans
  • O’Brien, Tim, The Things They Carried (a memoir by a Vietnam veteran)
  • Miles, Davis, Miles (an autobiography by the great jazz pioneer Miles Davis)
  • Orange, Tommy, There, There

Thinking, Leadership, and Execution Capabilities

  • Gelb, Michael. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
  • Herrmann, Ned, and Herrmann-Nehdi, Ann. The Whole-Brain Business Book, Second Edition: Unlocking the Power of Whole Brain Thinking in Organizations, Teams, and Individuals
  • Paul, Richard, and Elder, Linda. Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools
  • Martin, Roger. The Opposable Mind
  • Kogon, Kory Kogon, Merrill, Adam, and Rinne, Leena. The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity
  • Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit
  • Block, Peter. The Answer to How is Yes
  • Block, Peter. Community
  • Myer, Pamela. The Agility Shift
  • Patterson, Kerry, Grenny, Joseph, and Maxfield, David. Influencer
  • Rath, Tom.  Strengths-Based Leadership

Mindfulness/Emotional Intelligence/Resilience

  • Zinn, Jon-Kabat, Meditation Is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important 
  • Tan, Chade-Meng, Search Inside Yourself
  • Myers, Isabel Myers, and Myers, Peter B. Gifts Differing (a deep dive into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/MBTI)
  • Brandon, Rick, and Seldman, Marty. Survival of the Savvy
  • Loehr, Jim, and Schwartz, Tony. The Power of Full Engagement
  • Tippett, Krista. Becoming Wise
  • Bradberry, Travis, and Greaves, Jean. Emotional Intelligence 2.0
  • Chamine, Shirzad. Positive Intelligence
  • Moffitt, Phillip. Emotional Chaos to Clarity
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now, and A New Earth
  • Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Miracle of Mindfulness
  • Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
  • Campbell, Joseph, with Bill Moyers. The Power of Myth
  • Campbell, Joseph. The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Campbell, Joseph. Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

Great fiction that will teach you a lot about life and human nature

  • Morrison, Toni, Beloved
  • Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Steinbeck, John, East of Eden
  • King, Stephen, The Stand
  • Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Rowling, JK, Harry Potter series
  • Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea
  • Orwell, George, 1984 and Animal Farm
  • Salinger, JD, The Catcher in the Rye
  • Doerr, Anthony, All the Light We Cannot See
  • Marquez, Gabriel-Garcia, 100 Years of Solitude
  • Puzo, Mario. The Godfather
  • Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations
  • Kerouac, Jack, On the Road
  • Orange, Tommy, There, There
  • Wroblewski, David, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle