1. “The Common Good” by Robert Reich
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor makes the case for the existence of a common good, through examples of everyday reality and common sense.
2. “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning” by Jeremy Lent
Examines the human drive to find meanings and connect them into systems of belief, ideology, science and language.
3. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff
Accounts from inside the West Wing, tell of the stormy first 9 months of the Trump presidency.
4. “I’ve Been Thinking…: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life” by Maria Shriver
The award winning television journalist’s collection of reflections on how to find a meaningful life.
5. “Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything” by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen
The physician and journalist authors expose, in well researched and often darkly humorous fashion, the strange and ludicrous ways in which mankind, over the centuries, has tried to treat and cure disease and illness.
1. “The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation – Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life” by William Martin
The 10th anniversary edition of the author’s free verse interpretation of the “Tao Te Ching.”
2. “My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner” by Meir Shalev
From one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, a charming memoir of mid 20th century family life in Israel, with a particularly vivid and affectionate tribute to the author’s quirky grandmother.
3. “Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life” by Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher
Science journalists’ captivating and lighthearted approach to illustrate how animals use physics in their everyday lives.
4. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder
Yale History Professor points out dangerous trends in current American politics.
5. “South and West: From a Notebook” by Joan Didion
Extended excerpts from the notebooks kept by the author in the 1970s, giving an insightful view of the American political and cultural landscape.
Children’s YA books
1. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
Middle Reader, ages 10 to 14. Originally published in the early 1960s, one of America’s most beloved coming of age fantasy stories and now a major motion picture.
2. “The Book of Dust” by Philip Pullman
YA, ages 14-plus. From the bestselling author of the “Dark Materials” trilogy, Book 1 of his latest trilogy.
3. “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart
YA, ages 12-plus. The summers of a young girl who harbors a dark secret, are depicted, with a shocking though satisfying ending.