"I try to switch between fiction and nonfiction to sort of cleanse my palate. Both stir my emotions and imagination, but in different ways. In fiction I look for two things in general: Gorgeous writing— even if a storyline is okay, if the writing is magnificent then the story can take on a new life. Unfortunately this doesn't go both ways. Uninspired writing is like an overcast day in Southern California. And second, a story that moves me to see myself and the world differently. My nonfiction reading is also for personal transformation. Reading for information only feels mundane, so I like to read nonfiction that has a strong narrative. I also like nonfiction that is challenging—not challenging with big words but with big concepts, particularly those that question assumptions."
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The Book of Longings: A Novel By Sue Monk Kidd Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429760
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Published: Viking - April 21st, 2020

The latest from NYT bestselling author of The Invention of Wings, is thought-provoking historical fiction centered on Ana, the imagined wife of Jesus, their influence on each other, and ultimately her devotion to him even after his death and to the lessons she passes on to others thereafter. 

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Erik Larson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Another NYT bestseller from historian / storyteller extraordinaire Erik Larson. This one a fascinating biography on Churchill and his time as the UK's prime minister during WWII, including little known revelations about his personal life and that of his family.

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Where the Crawdads Sing: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Delia Owens Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

A gorgeous book that blends human tragedy with natural science. The result is a restoration of faith in the natural order of life, as imperfect as it may be, through vivid descriptions of the will to survive, the blessings of humbleness and the interconnectedness running through all of nature.

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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Tayari Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

An exceptional book that dives into racism in ways that we rarely see by taking into account, as they say in war, the "collateral damage"—in this case an innocent family torn apart by the wrongful imprisonment of their loved one. Both a powerful literary drama about loss and redemption and an important civics lesson about inequality and injustice.

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Before We Were Yours: A Novel By Lisa Wingate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

Both heartbreaking and restorative, this historical novel based on real-life events circa 1939 along the Mississippi River about kidnapping and trafficking children for adoption. This is a brave book in the sense that the author has taken on a grotesque subject and managed to portray the victims with the grace and dignity they deserve. In the end, hope triumphs over despair and humanitarianism over evil.

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Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves By Frans de Waal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635065
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

An accessible introduction to the science of animal emotions and what they teach us about ourselves. World-renowned primatologist Dr. de Waal once again reinforces that we share more in common with our primate cousins—apes, chimps, monkeys, bonobos, etc.—than many people would like to admit.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374533557
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

A brilliant book centered on the emerging field of behavioral economics written by a Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, who remarkably is a trained psychologist not a financier. With accessible explanations and examples of how our minds play tricks on us, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the invisible forces behind making money, losing it; spending money and saving it.