Tag Archives: Nonfiction

THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry

I first read this book—about the 1918 pandemic that killed somewhere between 21 and 100 million people on the planet—when it first came out, in 2004.  Sixteen years later, when the World Health Organization announced we were officially facing a … Continue reading

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BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow

One sign of a good book is that you can open it to any page and become engaged. I was reminded of this after I excitedly picked up Rachel Maddow’s latest book, BLOWOUT, and accidentally clicked a link in the … Continue reading

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THE ART OF POSSIBILITY by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

Something about the approach of a New Year always makes me think about where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going. This week I found myself in Moe’s Books, a gigantic bookstore in Berkeley, CA, and put my … Continue reading

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SHE SAID by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Now that #MeToo has taken hold in our society, it might seem to some as though women always came forward whenever the men they worked with sexually harassed or abused them. Lest we forget, that was not the case—for centuries. … Continue reading

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THE EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST by Samantha Power

One thing I’m thankful for this year is that many smart, hard-working people continue to write good books. The latest object of my gratitude is Samantha Power. As far as I can tell, memoirs seem to fall into two categories: … Continue reading

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HOW THE OTHER HALF LEARNS by Robert Pondiscio

Maybe you’ve never heard of the Success Academy Charter Schools network or its controversial leader, Eva Moskowitz. Or maybe you have. Maybe you think Eva is the devil incarnate, or maybe you are a fan. As someone who’s been involved … Continue reading

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BLACK EDGE by Sheelah Kolhatkar

As a humanities person who underperformed in Econ 101, I am the last person anyone should ask for advice or even the most basic information about the stock market. Indeed, my brother who works in the financial sector recently pointed … Continue reading

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THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

When I began reading this book last week, my first thought was How did I miss this? Subtitled “Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” this fascinating exploration of trauma and its various treatments was first published in … Continue reading

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MY LATEST BOOK…

“Whether you know much about charter schools or not, you have probably—at some point in your life—wondered: Why is K-12 education the way it is? Why isn’t it more the way I want it to be? People have asked themselves … Continue reading

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MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb

If you’ve ever been in therapy—and let’s face it, who hasn’t? (but, PS, if you haven’t, you probably should)—you know what it’s like to need someone to talk to when you’re in crisis, and you know that while therapy helps, … Continue reading

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