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Olivia Wilde

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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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A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
Megan Phelps-Roper - Oct 08, 2019
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The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in AmericaAt the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her exten...
Olivia Wilde
Dec 16, 2019
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
The Dreamers
A Novel
Karen Thompson Walker - Nov 05, 2019
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In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asle...
Olivia Wilde
Feb 20, 2019
Loving this one     source
Educated
A Memoir
Tara Westover - Feb 20, 2018
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
Olivia Wilde
Feb 09, 2019
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
How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan - May 14, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
Olivia Wilde
Nov 01, 2018
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
Outside the Wire
Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage
Jason Kander - Aug 07, 2018
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A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party.Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander was the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. Today, he is the founder and president of Let America Vote and a bold new voice ...
Olivia Wilde
Aug 11, 2018
Nothing easier or more calming than reading a good book.     source
The Power
Naomi Alderman - Jan 08, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastati...
Olivia Wilde
Jan 23, 2018
Believe the hype     source
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Mama Tried
Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting
Emily Flake - Oct 06, 2015
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New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. For most people, having a child doesn't go exactly as planned. Not many are willing to admit that not only did they dislike the early days of parenting, they sometimes hated it. Mama Tri...
Olivia Wilde
Dec 27, 2017
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
No Is Not Enough
Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Naomi Klein - Jun 13, 2017
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New York Times BestsellerNational Book Award LonglistPublishers Weekly Best Books of 2017This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And its a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script ...
Olivia Wilde
Sep 08, 2017
Thank you for writing this inspiring kick in the ass, Naomi Klein.     source
Radical Hope
Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
Carolina De Robertis - May 02, 2017
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Radical Hope is a collection of lettersto ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged--written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage ne...
Olivia Wilde
Aug 24, 2017
This book is like a cool drink of water.     source
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Al Franken - May 30, 2017
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From the #1 bestselling author - the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty f...
Olivia Wilde
Jun 30, 2017
Now I’m reading Giant of the Senate and loving it because Al Franken is the man     source
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The Circle
Dave Eggers - Dec 15, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campu...
Olivia Wilde
Jun 30, 2017
The Circle was so intensely enjoyable.     source
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The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
The Girls by Emma Cline
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Find Me Unafraid by Kennedy Odede
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt