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THE POWER OF MOMENTS by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Not long after I turned 14, I was hired to do salad prep at a local restaurant. On my first day, a young man probably in his early 20s was assigned to train me. He picked up a knife and … Continue reading

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HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED by Paul Tough

In 2013, the United States reached a sad milestone: 51 percent of public school students now live in poverty. That’s right, 51 percent. More than every other child. In public schools. In this country. Live in poverty. Paul Tough’s previous … Continue reading

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WHISTLING VIVALDI by Claude M. Steele

This amazing book, subtitled How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, takes its title from a story that Brent Staples (now a NY Times columnist but then a University of Chicago psychology graduate student), told about an experience … Continue reading

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BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  Toni Morrison has called this book “required reading,” and I agree. Carved as a letter to his teenaged son, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME explains why Ta-Nehisi Coates feels the way he feels and views the world the way … Continue reading

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NO ONE UNDERSTANDS YOU AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT by Heidi Grant Halvorson

I don’t have any children (yet), but I have thousands of former students, which is the next best thing because the chances they will do something that makes me proud are greatly multiplied. To clarify: I take zero credit for … Continue reading

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THE SOCIAL PROFIT HANDBOOK by David Grant

From its very title, THE SOCIAL PROFIT HANDBOOK by David Grant challenges the status quo. We should rename “not-for-profit” organizations as “social profit” organizations—because, after all, isn’t that what they are designed to do, benefit society? Yes. Exactly. As the … Continue reading

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman

When I finally picked up ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (originally published in 2010), I did not know what to expect. The buzz around the Netflix series, which I have not yet viewed, seems to suggest high drama, machinations, and … Continue reading

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THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s latest 500-pager, THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, is a paradox. Much like its predecessor, STEVE JOBS, it’s a dense page-turner. For pages and pages, it made me think about … Continue reading

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THE ROAD TO SHINE by Laurie Gardner

Whenever you read a friend’s memoir, you inevitably confront three questions: 1) Is it interesting, period? 2) Is it interesting only because it’s about your friend? or 3) Is it utterly fascinating, no matter who wrote it? If you are … Continue reading

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BROKEN OPEN by Elizabeth Lesser

We live in a society where people often pretend things are fine when they aren’t. There are doubtless many reasons for this, some of them economic (you have to earn a living, and most jobs require a modicum of good … Continue reading

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