BOOKS

FOR THE MIND…

A People’s History of the United States
Library Journal calls Howard Zinn’s iconic A People’s History of the United States “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.” Zinn’s award-winning classic revolutionizes the way American history is taught and remembered.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”

Rise of the Warrior Cop
“The best and most comprehensive account of the dangers of police militarization.”
~ Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America’s future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time-has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

A Short History of Nearly Everything
If you’re an arrogant person and this doesn’t cure it, I can’t help you. Absolutely riveting. As he states at the outset, this is a book about life, the universe and everything, from the Big Bang to the ascendancy of Homo sapiens. “This is a book about how it happened,” the author writes. “In particular how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since.”

A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
“I have had many people ask me if there is a book which does for world history what my book A People’s History of the United States does for this country. I always responded that I know of only one book that accomplishes this extremely difficult task, and that is Chris Harman’s A People’s History of the World. It is an indispensable volume on my reference bookshelf.”—Howard Zinn

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Just read it if you haven’t. It explains everything else.




 

FOR LIFE…

Loyalty to Your Soul
The book was a great read but doing the actual course work with these two authors and teachers changed my life forever.

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
This book also changed my life. The essential guide to kaizen―the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps

The Four Agreements
Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.

Loving What Is
The first book I read in a path of learning radical acceptance could live in perfect harmony with advocacy for social justice.