1. “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump” by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Two veteran investigative journalists’ account of how Putin and Russia hacked the 2016 Presidential election as a covert operation to subvert American democracy.
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. “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.
4. “The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers
Narrative non-fiction, tells the story of a Yemeni American young man who leaves San Francisco and discovers himself through coffee and entrepreneurship in Yemen.
5. “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams
From a five day conversation, the two spiritual leaders discuss how to cultivate joy and well being, amid obstacles and challenges of everyday life.
1. “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer
Explores the fundamental question of how to get to the root of consciousness, in an effort to dwell and live in the present moment.
2. “The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life” by William Martin and Chungliang Al Huang
The 10th anniversary edition of the author’s free verse interpretation of the “Tao Te Ching.”
3. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder
Yale History Professor points out dangerous trends in current American politics.
4. “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.
5. “Avid Reader” by Robert Gottlieb
Acclaimed literary editor at Simon & Schuster, Knopf and the New Yorker, a memoir full of American publishing history as well as gossip of his life’s work with the many famous writers with whom he worked.
1. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
Middle Reader, ages 10-14. Originally published in the early 1960s, one of America’s most beloved coming of age fantasy story and now a major motion picture.
2. “Dog Man and Cat Kid” by Dav Pilkey
Graphic Novel, ages 87-12. In this fourth installment of the bestselling series, the hero now has a feline sidekick.
3. “The Word Collector” by Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrated, ages 4-8.
An extraordinary tale of finding one’s own words and the impact they have when shared with the world.
4. “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi
Young Adult, ages 14-18.
Fantasy tale set in a kingdom with traditions and mythology reminiscent of Nigeria and West Africa.
5. “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker
Middle Reader, ages 8-12.
A 12 year old boy is forced to part with his beloved pet fox and sets out to find him, in this enchanting and heartrending tale of war, loss and the power of friendship.