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Melinda Gates, is an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. In 2000, she co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband Bill Gates, the world's largest private charitable organization.
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Think Again
The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam Grant - 2021-02-02
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Discover the power of rethinking your beliefs with this thought-provoking book. Learn why mental laziness and old routines can hold you back, and how embracing the unknown and being wrong can actually benefit you. The author offers evidence-based insights into how rethinking can be taught as a mindset and a skillset. Sections on individual and group rethinking, and the shortcomings of schools, businesses, and governments, provide practical advice for success in a rapidly changing world. Don't miss out on developing the secret skill of the future: the ability to constantly rethink your perspective.
Melinda Gates
A book recommendation: @AdamMGrant’s “Think Again,” which makes a compelling case for why learning should be a lifelong habit. Grant argues that we grow by questioning old assumptions and considering new perspectives. I agree!      source
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Home Work
A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
Julie Andrews - 2019-10-15
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This memoir is a fascinating account of the Hollywood career of a beloved actress. From her iconic roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, to navigating the highs and lows of show business, Julie Andrews shares personal stories of working with cinema and TV legends, adjusting to fame, and balancing motherhood with her career. Co-written with her daughter, this charming and candid book offers an intimate look into an extraordinary life. Get inspired by this heartrending and funny memoir.
Melinda Gates
I loved so many of the books I read in 2019. My favorites included “Talking to Strangers” by @Gladwell, “Home Work” by @JulieAndrews, and “Little Fires Everywhere” by @pronounced_ing. What did you read over the holidays?      source
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Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
Malcolm Gladwell - 2019-09-10
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Explore the darker side of human nature with this highly anticipated book by one of today's top storytellers. Using history, psychology, and infamous legal cases, the author takes us on an intellectual adventure into the complexities of human interaction. Delve into the tragic consequences of misreading strangers and learn to challenge your assumptions in these troubled times. With original archival interviews and musical scoring, this enhanced audiobook edition brings the author's unparalleled storytelling to life.
Melinda Gates
I loved so many of the books I read in 2019. My favorites included “Talking to Strangers” by @Gladwell, “Home Work” by @JulieAndrews, and “Little Fires Everywhere” by @pronounced_ing. What did you read over the holidays?      source
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Little Fires Everywhere
A Novel
Celeste Ng - 2017-09-12
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A captivating tale set in a planned suburb where a seemingly perfect family, the Richardsons, lives by strict rules. However, when an enigmatic artist and single mother, Mia Warren, and her daughter Pearl move in, their mysterious past and disregard for the status quo endangers the town’s careful order. Secrets are uncovered and a custody battle ensues, tearing the community apart. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - all while demonstrating the danger of following the rules too closely.
Melinda Gates
I loved so many of the books I read in 2019. My favorites included “Talking to Strangers” by @Gladwell, “Home Work” by @JulieAndrews, and “Little Fires Everywhere” by @pronounced_ing. What did you read over the holidays?      source
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Judy Blume
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Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Steven Pinker - 2018-02-13
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Discover the gift of the Enlightenment in this groundbreaking assessment of the human condition in the 21st century. Follow cognitive scientist Steven Pinker as he encourages readers to step away from the doom and gloom headlines and embrace reason and science. Through stunning data and graphs, Pinker illustrates that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. But, Pinker warns, we must defend the Enlightenment ideal against human nature's tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, and magical thinking. With literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism - the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
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Cry, the Beloved Country
Alan Paton - 2003-11-25 (first published in 1948)
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Explore the poignant themes of racial injustice, hope, and endurance in the sweeping classic, Cry, the Beloved Country. Set against the backdrop of South Africa's apartheid, Alan Paton's lyrical prose weaves the emotional journey of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom. This searing work of beauty and dignity is a unique harmony of statesmanship, poetry, and novel writing that will move you to your core.
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Dina D. Pomeranz
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Design for Good
A New Era of Architecture for Everyone
John Cary - 2017-10-03
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Design for Good is a groundbreaking book that explores the power of good design to transform our lives. Featuring character-driven stories from around the world, John Cary shows how buildings can be designed and created with and for the people who will use them. From China to Rwanda, the book offers a new understanding of the ways that design shapes our lives, and gives professionals and interested citizens the tools to seek out and demand designs that dignify. Cary draws from his own experience as well as dozens of interviews to show not only that everyone deserves good design, but how it can be achieved. This is a book that is not just for designers, but for anyone interested in the role of design in creating a more equitable world.
Melinda Gates
I can’t recommend @JohnCary’s book #DesignForGood highly enough. His argument—that everyone deserves good design—is clear and revolutionary.      source
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Francesca Elena, Cavallo Favilli - 2016-12-01
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"Empowering bedtime stories for girls who don't need rescuing. Discover the remarkable lives of 100 heroic women, from Ada Lovelace to Michelle Obama, beautifully illustrated by 60 female artists from around the world. What if princesses became astronauts and queens ruled kingdoms? These are true fairy tales for the modern heroine. Written by media entrepreneur Elena Favilli and award-winning playwright Francesca Cavallo."
Melinda Gates
This amazing book shows young girls they can be anything they want.      source
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Linda Sarsour
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2015-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Discover the story of human history, from the first humans to walk the earth to today's modern society. Explore how we came to believe in gods, nations, and human rights, and how our societies were shaped by the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Sapiens covers it all, using insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to challenge our beliefs about what it means to be human. Are we happier now than we were before? Can we change our behavior and influence the future? Dr. Yuval Noah Harari's provocative and wide-ranging book will challenge the way you think about our species and our place in the world.