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Jacqueline Novogratz

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Jacqueline Novogratz is an American entrepreneur and author. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture capital fund whose goal is to use entrepreneurial approaches to address global poverty.
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Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works
Tillie Olsen - Sep 01, 2013
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A century after her birth, Tillie Olsen’s writing is as relevant as when it first appeared; indeed, the clarity and passion of her vision and style have, if anything, become even more striking over time. Collected here for the first time are several of Olsen’s nonfiction pieces about the 1930s, early journalism pieces, and short fiction, including ...
Jacqueline Novogratz
Mar 10, 2021
When I first started Acumen, I considered giving this newly birthed organization a different name: Immersion. I’d been taken by the Tillie Olsen quote from her remarkable book of short stories Tell me a Riddle, and loved the idea of “the long Baptism into the seas of humankind.”      source
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Feb 21, 2006 (first published in 1967)
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One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of ...
Jacqueline Novogratz
Mar 02, 2021
When I first read the book in 1986, I was mesmerized by the writing and fantastical stories. But it took working in Rwanda to understand that Garcia Marquez wrote truths, not just about Colombia but about human society. (2/6)      source
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston - May 30, 2006 (first published in 1937)
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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots....
Jacqueline Novogratz
Feb 13, 2021
Zora Neale Hurston was a leader of the Harlem Renaissance movement and a fighter for the rights of African-Americans. Like so many, I was profoundly impacted by her novel Their Eyes were Watching God, one of the most important books of the 20th century.      source
Composing a Further Life
The Age of Active Wisdom
Mary Catherine Bateson - Oct 04, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Mary Catherine Bateson—author of the landmark bestseller Composing a Life—gives us an inspiring exploration of a new life stage that she calls Adulthood II, a result of the longer life spans and greater resources we now enjoy. In Composing a Further Life, Bateson redefines old age as an opportunity to reinvent ourselves and challenges us to use it ...
Jacqueline Novogratz
Jan 17, 2021
Mary Catherine Bateson's book Composing a Life deeply impacted me as I was trying to figure out my own life. She died on Jan 14 and her wisdom will be missed. Listen to this wonderful podcast w @kristatippett, recorded just wks before Ms. Bateson died      source
Killers of the Flower Moon
Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as h...
Jacqueline Novogratz
Feb 11, 2020
Reads like a novel while giving a deeper understanding of both the good and the terrible that humans are capable of.      source
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe - May 31, 2007 (first published in 1958)
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Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan.But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the trad...
Jacqueline Novogratz
The first book I read by an African author. Achebe is unflinching in his portrayal of the challenges of change, the relationships of colonialism, and power/powerlessness.      source
A Fine Balance
Rohinton Mistry - Jan 01, 1997 (first published in 1995)
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With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow...
Jacqueline Novogratz
A Dickensian novel that captures the essence of being poor in urban India in ways extraordinary and deeply human.      source
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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison - Jan 01, 1995 (first published in 1952)
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First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators...
Jacqueline Novogratz
I read it as a 22-year-old, and it made me think deeply about how society doesn’t “see” so many of its members.      source