Olivia Wilde is an Irish and American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley. In 2019, she directed her first film, the teen comedy Booksmart, to critical acclaim.
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This gripping memoir delves into the life of an activist who grew up in the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps-Roper reveals her journey from a childhood of protesting against homosexuality and other alleged vices, to her eventual departure from the church and moral awakening. Through her story, readers are shown the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.
Cannot even begin to recommend this enough. If you don't know Megan's story, this will blow your mind. Even if you do already know about her profound capacity for love and courage and humility, this is well worth a read. Read it and then buy it for everyone since you know you haven't even started holiday gift shopping. It should honestly be required reading as we head into an election year. So moving. So good. – source
Also recommended byNadia Bolz-Weber
A mysterious illness sweeps through a college town in Southern California, causing people to fall asleep and not wake up. Panic ensues as the number of cases multiplies, and the town is put under quarantine. As classes are canceled and supplies run low, a group of individuals from various walks of life are forced to come together and try to make sense of the illness. Unusual levels of brain activity are recorded in those infected, who are dreaming heightened dreams, but what are they dreaming of?
Loving this one – source
Also recommended byBerci Meskó
Discover the inspiring story of a young girl born into the harsh wilderness of Idaho and raised by survivalists who shunned modern medicine and education. Despite lacking any formal schooling, she taught herself enough to gain admittance into Brigham Young University, leading her on a journey of self-invention that took her across oceans and continents to prestigious universities. Educated is a powerful memoir about the transformative power of knowledge and the struggle for self-discovery.
Sat down in my plane seat, didn't feel take-off, 6 hours of flying, or landing. Unreal. Thank you, Tara Westover. Consider me educated. – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaBill GatesNikki HaleyAlexander StubbSoraya DarabiAmy CuddyShauna NiequistDan Kennedy
Explore the use of psychedelic drugs for treating conditions like depression, addiction, and anxiety in this brilliant and brave investigation. Join Michael Pollan on a personal journey into altered states of consciousness and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Discover the truth about these mysterious drugs and their potential to transform our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. A unique blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, this book is a triumph of participatory journalism and a gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier.
I love what he did for the food revolution, but he’s also just an incredible investigative thinker, It’s an interesting discussion on how we view mental health and hallucinogenic drugs and the kind of ancient connection between those two things. – source
Also recommended byNick OffermanTim FerrissKara SwisherB.J. NovakDavid FrumNaval RavikantVinod KhoslaDavid Heinemeier HanssonYuval Noah Harari7 others
"Outside the Wire" is a political memoir by Jason Kander, a former Army Captain and founder of Let America Vote, who is considered the future of the Democratic Party by Barack Obama. Kander candidly shares his journey from soldier to politician, detailing important lessons he's learned along the way. With his signature voice, Kander inspires readers to a life of service and offers a hopeful vision of America's future.
Nothing easier or more calming than reading a good book. – source
The Power is a thought-provoking novel that explores how the world can change with just one small shift in power dynamics. Teenage girls suddenly have immense physical power, causing devastating consequences for those around them. Follow the paths of various characters as their lives converge and adapt to this new reality.
Believe the hype – source
A hilarious and honest illustrated book about the unexpected realities of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake shares relatable anecdotes and essays about everything from morning sickness to mommy groups. Mama Tried is the perfect read for sleepless parents and a sweet reminder for those already out of the woods.
Holy Shit, this book is hilarious(and honestly, necessary). What to expect can go blow itself. Buy this for any breeders in your life. – source
An urgent and insightful book by a renowned journalist on how we got to this surreal political moment and what we can do to create a better future. Trump's reckless agenda, including a corporate coup in government and sweeping aside climate science, will generate disasters and shocks. Naomi Klein argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of dangerous trends that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism globally. We need more than resistance; we need a roadmap for a fair and caring world. A timely and inspiring call to action.
Thank you for writing this inspiring kick in the ass, Naomi Klein. – source
"Radical Hope" features a moving collection of letters written by an array of acclaimed novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. The letters provide a bold perspective of the love, courage, and hope necessary to navigate through difficult times of uncertainty, upheaval, and fear - especially in the wake of the recent US presidential election. This book will inspire readers to rise above weariness and discouragement, towards a brighter future with radical hope.
This book is like a cool drink of water. – source
This book follows the unlikely journey of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and became a United States Senator. It provides a candid, personal memoir of his campaign, recount saga, and life inside the halls of Congress. Readers will gain insight into our polarized political culture and witness some of the most dramatic and hilarious moments of Senator Franken's new career in politics. Come along on this improbable journey and decide for yourself if Al Franken has become a true Giant of the Senate.
Now I’m reading Giant of the Senate and loving it because Al Franken is the man – source
Find Me Unafraid by Kennedy Odede
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain