12 books on the list
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The Critic's Daughter
A powerful memoir about growing up in a world of literary giants, and the unraveling of a family. The Critic's Daughter explores themes of identity, artistic criticism, and the impact of divorce on a child. As Priscilla Gilman navigates the fallout of her parents' separation, she grapples with revelations about her father's double life and sexual identity. This book is a moving portrait of grief, and a testament to the power of forgiveness and love.
This beautifully written book by @priscillagilman is pretty much unforgettable. The insights of a brilliant child growing up in NYC with equally brilliant, complex parents, fiercely protective love for a flawed irresistible father, the joy, yearning and pain of it all – source
Also recommended bySusan Cain
Four Hundred Souls
A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Explore 400 years of the African American experience in this epoch-defining history. Curated by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, Four Hundred Souls boasts an incredible collaboration of 90 of America's leading Black writers. With 80 chronological chapters, immerse yourself in the tragic, triumphant, and often overlooked moments of Black American history. Discover extraordinary lives, personalities, and the ghosts of millions more, all restored to their rightful place in America's narrative. This powerful work of storytelling and reclamation redefines America and challenges our notion of how history is written.
Important book to read – source
This groundbreaking novel tells the journey of an unnamed protagonist navigating through the racial divide, shedding light on the effects of bigotry on both victim and perpetrator. With a voice that captures the full range of the American language, the story takes us from the Deep South to Harlem, throwing our own reality into harsh relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, Invisible Man is an audacious and dazzling masterpiece that redefines American literature.
A terrific read! – source
Also recommended bySean GardnerMatthew YglesiasJacqueline NovogratzRyan HolidaySamantha PowerBianca BelairDan BarreiroSeth Mandel
@GabbyGiffords Cormac McCarthy’s newest book, ‘The Passenger’ is brilliant - & on audio. On HBO : The Leftovers, – source
A Heart That Works
In "A Heart That Works," Rob Delaney shares the intimate and deeply personal story of his family's journey after his one-year-old son is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Delaney's exploration of grief and the fragile miracle of life offer solace to those facing devastation and reminds us that grace can appear even in the darkest of times.
On these pages, @RobDelaney tells his agonizing, powerfully beautiful story - a love story unlike any other. I did cry more than once but i think i am better for having read this book. Thank you Rob. I love you and Leah, and Henry so much it hurts. – source
Also recommended byMark Duplass
The Plot Against America
In this alternate version of American history, Charles Lindbergh, a hero aviator and isolationist, becomes President and negotiates an "understanding" with Adolf Hitler. Anti-Semitism becomes commonplace, disrupting a young boy's life and tearing apart his family in Newark. A captivating narrative that explores the consequences of nationalistic ideals and their impact on individuals.
A terrific read. Even greater reread. It is fiction. He said he never envisioned the horrific reality of Trump. He died in May 2018. Worse was yet to come. – source
Also recommended byDaniel Pink
Here, Right Matters
An American Story
"Here, Right Matters" is a powerful memoir by retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman. A naturalized citizen, Vindman made the decision to report the infamous phone call that led to presidential impeachment, despite intense pressure to stay silent. In this stirring account, Vindman shares his childhood as an immigrant, his career in service of his new home, and the fallout and cost of his brave actions. "Here, Right Matters" is a call to arms for those who refuse to let America betray its true self.
Feel like being inspired? Read this book by Lt Col Alexander Vindman, patriot, American hero, recipient of Purple Heart among numerous awards for valor. The person who again risked so much to stand against powerful forces to tell the truth, because - Here, Right Matters. – source
Also recommended byAnthony ScaramucciMichael McFaulEugene Mirman
Too Much and Never Enough
How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
Psychologist Mary L. Trump sheds light on Donald J. Trump's toxic family history, revealing how neglect and abuse led to his current destructive behavior that threatens the world's health and economic security. From the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his sons to the disturbing details of family events, Mary provides an incisive and unexpected perspective that only she, as Donald's only niece, can offer. With an insider's familiarity and willingness to tell the truth, Mary tells a captivating and unnerving story of one of the world's most dysfunctional families.
@realDonaldTrump So it turns out that there is an intelligent, compassionate, astute Trump after all - read her book. #MaryTrump – source
Also recommended byGeorge ConwayAsha RangappaGina DinJohn W. DeanKen OlinLindsay DefrancoLisa BloomChris WesselingArlan Hamilton2 others
A Story of Justice and Redemption
This powerful true story follows the journey of a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice committed to defending those in need. Through his defense of a young man wrongly sentenced to die, the lawyer is drawn into a world of conspiracy and political maneuvering, ultimately transforming his understanding of justice and mercy. Just Mercy provides a poignant window into the lives of those who have been defended and serves as a call for compassion and redemption in our broken system of justice.
If you haven read ‘Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’ by my hero Bryan Stevenson, watch the movie ‘Just Mercy’ (on Prime) with a great performance by Jamie Fox. But really you should also read the book. – source
Also recommended byRichard BransonCory BookerMatt McGorryTrevor PackerRick KlauAlice Korngold
Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth
The President's Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies
Explore the shocking world of Donald Trump's falsehoods with "Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth." This essential book from The Washington Post Fact Checker Staff provides a comprehensive analysis of the more than 16,000 false statements Trump has made since his inauguration. With a spotlight on everything from foreign policy to the coronavirus crisis, this book is a fascinating and somewhat grimly funny look at the president's twisted view of reality. Indispensable facts and fallacies await in this insightful read.
The lies are unpacked and truths plainly stated. This book is a wild ride- great gift to yourself and anyone else – source
Also recommended byRon Fournier
The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan