12 Books to Kick Off 2017

12 Books for 2017

Our reading choices reflect our values of lifelong learning and personal growth. In gearing up for 2017, we’re building reading a reading list that will expand our minds and educate us on a variety of topics. We created the list to gain:
  • Actionable insights for personal growth and increasing confidence
  • Business insights
  • Expand our worldview and enhance our understanding of 2016's events
  • Satisfy our general curiosity and educational drive
  • Inspiration through great biographies and other literature
With that criteria in mind - here is our first 12 books of 2017. Follow as we make our way through. Look for updates via our social channels especially twitter.
    1. Designing Your Life | Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
      1. ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it.
    2. Just Mercy | Bryan Stevenson
      1. For those interested in social justice, the law, and the death penalty. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
    3. Difficult Conversations | Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
      1. We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, this is a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success.
    4. Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
      1. In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives
    5. The Wangs vs. the World | Jade Chang:
      1. About a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together
    6. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future | Kevin Kelly
      1. From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives
    7. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman | Robert K. Massie
      1. Pulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history.
    8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck | Mark Manson
      1. For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.
    9. Without You, There Is No Us | Suki Kim
      1. A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign
    10. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America | Nancy Isenberg
      1. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.
    11. Lean Startup | Eric Reis
      1. How Today's Entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. 
    12. All Who Go Do Not Return | Shulem Deen 
      1. A memoir about growing up in and then leaving one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the U.S.