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    • Thinking, Fast and Slow

      We think certain things are obvious when they’re not: read this book to find about how to break down the inner workings of our thought processes.Great for psychology buffsReaders who enjoy concrete case studiesA book to make you sound smarter


    • The Wealthy Barber

      A great book about making sure your savings work wonders for you. Great for: People starting to earn their money Readers looking for accessible aid with financial planning That great title 


    • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

      Similar to Carnegie’s classic, this book offers tips and insight into understanding how to manifest what you want.Great for:Understanding human nature in order to maximize your potentialA good psychology / business blendReaders who love studies in human behaviour


    • Rich Dad, Poor Dad

      Kiyosaki offers simple steps that any person can take to both make and save money. Great for: Strategies and advice on managing your money Putting your money to work Understanding savings 


    • How to Win Friends and Influence People

      Here’s some plain, common sense that people often forget to use in their day-to-day lives. Simple and effective tools for anyone in any line of business, Carnegie shows you how to leave a good impression and gain respect among peers. Great for: Those looking for self-improvement Anyone interested in increasing...


    • When I was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School

      Whether you were popular in high school or not, chances are you had your own brush with ‘loserdom’ at one point or another: in this meticulously-arranged anthology, McNally brings together talented writers who muse on everything from humerous humiliations with first sexual encounters to the painful disintegration of the family...


    • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

      In her generous collection of advice, taken from her feverishly followed Dear Sugar column on rumpus.net, Cheryl Strayed (author of the popular memoir, Wild), offers her poetic bursts of inspiration and empathy pertaining to the pain, joy, suffering and redemption that accompany us along humankind's journey. Great for:  Anyone experiencing a difficult time...


    • Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves

       What exactly did happen that led to the 2008-2009 financial crash in the US? Sorkin combines expertise with accessible prose to investigate the key players that brought the economy to its knees.Great for:Those interested in finance, economics and politicsReaders wishing to familiarize themselves with an issue that is usually difficult...


    • Liar’s Poker

      With a wicked sense of humour, Lewis introduces readers both expert (and, like myself, in the dark) to the world of Wall Street Traders where people behave more like animals than human beings. As someone who balks at the thought of reading about finance, this book was thoroughly enjoyable and...


    • The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery Of Jewish Identity In Buddhist India

      A fascinating account of a colorful group of Jewish delegates (from across the spectrum of the religion) who travel to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the Dalai Lama and discuss the secret to survival. A touching story about the power of dialogue. Great for: Religious-studies aficionados Those interested in an...


    • A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

      The intriguing book about Cedric Jennings’ struggles to get himself out of his violent neighborhood in Washington D.C. and into the Ivy League. This remarkable – and disturbing – story covers the imbalances in the American education system, and one boy’s tremendous effort to give himself the same opportunities that...


    • Wherever You Go, There You Are

      If you’re open to meditation (without needing any New Age mumbo-jumbo), meet Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the leading experts on mindfulness. As a founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic in Boston, Kabat-Zinn uses accessible practices and examples to introduce you to the simplest (and most complex) way of dealing...


    • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

      When Conor Grennan decides to travel the world to impress girls, he can never imagine how much his life will change: while volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, he comes to understand the human trafficking problem in the country and its horrific consequences. On a mission to reunite these orphans...


    • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of New Hollywood

      Harris (one of my favourite former writers at EW), offers a delicious and astute cultural investigation into five movies that changed the 1960s (and Hollywood) forever. A rollicking good read.Great for:Readers of media historyFilm buffsThose looking for a great history of the counterculture combined with some movie madnessIf you like...


    • Bossypants

      Former SNL head writer, Fey offers a wonderfully fresh, funny perspective on working in comedy, on motherhood, and on life itself.Great for:Those looking for a quick yet substantial readLovers of Saturday Night LiveAnyone who’s ever loved Tina Fey If you loved the book, rent the movie(s): 


    • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

      Kaling, who plays on (and writes for) NBC’s The Office, provides a hilariously honest and upbeat series of essays on everything ranging from dating to defying stereotypes.Great for:Readers looking for real comedyThe Office fansThinking about substantial ideas in an accessible way If you loved the book, rent the movie(s):  


    • American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the “It” Girl and the Crime of the Century

      The title says it all: model Evelyn Nesbitt, regarded by some as the original “it” girl, gets the biography treatment in Uruburu’s fascinating story about the girl at the center of one of the most glamorous (and the most twisted) stories in American high society.Great for:Readers of Vanity Fair magazineThose...


    • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and me

      Cartoonist & writer Ellen Fornay delivers a fascinating memoir (in graphic novel form) regarding her diagnosis as bipolar; through humour and honesty, she offers readers a glimpse into how she coped and the process of living with mental illness. Great for:Readers interested in stories regarding mental healthReaders who usually shy away...


    • Where the Girls Are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media

      By deconstructing the media’s messages to young women, Douglas encourages her readers – through examples ranging from music to film to the history of feminism – to take a step back from the millions of images and texts bombarding us every day, to see what’s really going on.Great for:Anyone interested...


    • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

      Another practitioner of mindfulness-based meditation, Salzberg offers her teachings of metta (or lovingkindness) to enable readers (and listeners) to develop compassion for oneself and others in an often fragmented and anxiety-producing world. Great for: Beginners to meditation Readers who are extremely self-critical A cool way to try something new without the hocus-pocus 


    • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

      Based on the popular blog, this fantastic read is perfect for anyone interested in psychology in small snippets: dig in to learn everything from the way advertising hooks us to the biases we live with (of which we are completely oblivious, of course). Perfect for: • Learning complicated lessons in...


    • All Over the Map

      Seasoned travel writer, Laura Fraser, visits exotic locales all over the world only to find out that her personal struggles are here to stay – until she finds an authentic way of approaching her own life. A delightfully honest look at one author’s love of travel, and the bumpy road...


    • Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

      Gallagher – a much-loved teacher and walking educational resource –examines the destructive culture of standardized testing and the necessity towards encouraging students to read material that’s high-interest. A fascinating, honest look at the problem with today’s literacy mandates.  Great for:  All teachers Anyone finding it difficult to read or to...


    • Man’s Search for Meaning

      Viktor E. Frankl’s generous memoir offers readers a chance to read about his experience as an Auschwitz-survivor, and how he learnt to cope with life’s horrific tragedies with an always-inspiring change-of-perspective. A must-read for everyone.Great for:Anyone going through an existential crisisThose looking to connect with life on a more meaningful...


    • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

      Zander and his wife co-wrote this beautiful book that contains nuggets on how we get in our own way: ranging from how to deal with difficult situations to creative ways of adopting a new perspective, Possibility is a must-read for anyone looking to develop practical skills for appreciating the moment....


    • The Watchmaker’s Daughter

      Somehow melding the comedic with the tragic, Taitz weaves an endearing tale of growing up as the daughter of two Holocaust survivors in 1960s and 70s Washington Heights. An excellent portrayal of the ways war seeps into second generations. Great for:Anyone interested in the perspective of a second-generation Holocaust survivorLovers of...


    • The Fire Next Time

      Deemed as controversial at the time of its publication in 1963, Baldwin’s searing testimonies to the injustices of racial inequality (and to his own life) remain an important and riveting piece of American literature. Anyone unfamiliar with the work of James Baldwin’s non-fiction writing Those interested in the history of...


    • Life

      Richards defies the world of music (and, to an extent, life itself), in this funny, thought-provoking and fascinating novel that offers an interesting history into one of the world's most famous and enduring bands.  Great for: Lovers of The Rolling Stones Music aficionados A story you won’t believe… If you...


    • Paula

      The magical-realist novelist reflects on her own life and how she would have told it to her daughter in this poignant, honest and beautifully-written memoir. Great for:lovers of Isabel Allendereaders of South American fictionliterary memoir addictsIf you liked the book, rent the movie(s): 


    • Columbine

      Cullen offers a fascinating and deeply disturbing debunking of the myths surrounding the Columbine school shooting in Colarado. An astonishing look into human psychopathy and those who are victims to its manipulation.Great for:Anyone who wants the real story behind Columbine’s oft-mythologized tragedyThose interested in human psychologyReaders of non-fiction of any...