books for the indian summer

It’s not by design, but when I think about it, all these books seem to be connected by the theme of change and transition – fitting for the end of summer and the gentle slip into a very warm autumn. Also, I still don’t know why I’m unable to finish one book at a time…

This Bridge Called My Back – Writings of Radical Women of Color, compiled by Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga

  • This book is hugely influential for me and I still haven’t plumbed its depths. I’m always picking it up and reading a poem or essay whenever I can.

The Gifts of Imperfection, Dr. Brene Brown

  • She has some interesting things to say about shame, self-love, and vulnerability. It’s a “spirituality-lite” type read, but her tenets on wholeheartedness are good to remember and well-grounded in research. She has a famous TED talk about vulnerability.

On Beauty, Zadie Smith

  • This book is all about race, academia, and aesthetics. Apparently it’s based on some other famous book too so I probably missed half the meaning. Time for a re-read.

The Living Company, Arie de Geus

  • I think the most interesting part of this book is how companies are described as organisms. And how we underestimate the parts of a company that need nurturing.

All 7 Harry Potters, JK Rowling you genius you

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

  • Pretty sure these dysfunctions are familiar to everyone. Lack of trust leads to lack of productive ideological conflict; if conflict hasn’t occurred, no one commits; if no one commits, there’s no accountability; and if there’s no accountability, you don’t have results.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Maria Kondo

  • yeah, I need this…

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

  • This one’s a re-read, because every essay is completely hilarious. The first time my sister started reading this on our couch at home, she couldn’t even read her favorite parts to us without crying with laughter.

And a song for kicks:


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