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Grades 6-8 classics

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of mice and men
john STeinbeck

A fiction story about George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers struggling to work in California during the Great Depression. Loosely-based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindle stiff in the 1920s.

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Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is blessed or doomed to eternal life after drinking special water from a spring. When 10-year-old Winnie Foster discovers their secret, they take her home to show that immortality may not be as desirable as it seems.

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The Outsiders
S.E. Hilton

Considered one of the groundbreaking novels to start the Young Adult genre. It follows two rival groups, the Socs and the Greasers, who are separated by their socioeconomic levels and explores gang and youth culture.

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The Three Musketeers
Alexander dumas

A historical fiction novel, the story follows the narrative of young French soldier named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to join the Musketeers of the Guard. Though d'Artagnan does not join the force, he befriends three elite members and joins them in their adventures.

The Giver
Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in a utopia without conflict, hatred or pain, but when he begins his job as the “Receiver of Memory,” he learns what lacks in his world, such as love, and begins to question the supposed tranquility of his society.

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This book explores the themes of teenage angst and alienation; for unknown reasons, Holden Caufield decides to leave his preparatory school in Pennsylvania to go underground in New York for three days.

fahrenheit 451
ray bradbury

Acclaimed by critics and considered Bradbury's greatest work, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where televisions rule and books are outlawed, and firemen are employed to start fires instead of putting them out. The book provides social commentary on how mass media reduces interest in print literature and also raises questions about the McCarthy era that prevented the flow and sharing of ideas.

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 In 1942, Anne and her Jewish family fled Amsterdam to go into hiding after their home in Holland became occupied by Nazis. The diary tells about the two years while her family lives in hiding, up until the moment when their whereabouts were revealed to the Gestapo and their story sadly comes to an end.

Grades 6-8

gary paulsen

A Young Adult survival novel that follows the story of Brian Robeson, a 13-year-old boy who crash lands and survives in the Canadian wilderness. All he has with him is a hatchet that his mother gifted.

Neil Gaiman

Coraline Jones unhappily moves into a new apartment with her parents, discovering a door to a parallel universe. There, her parents and her new home are better, but she soon realizes that the inhabitants of this new world are not as nice as they appear.

Front Desk
Kelly Yang

Set in the 90s, Chinese-American Mia Tang helps run the front desk at a motel where her immigrant parents work as room cleaners, secretly helping other immigrants stay in there for free as they try to escape poverty.

A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murray’s father disappeared while working on an invention which would allow people to travel through spacetime. When three supernatural beings offer to help Meg find him, she is pulled into a universe-wide conflict.

the westing game
Ellen Raskin

Eccentric millionaire Samuel W. Westing is found dead in his bed. Days later, 16 people are summoned to the reading of Westing’s will, where they learn Westing devised a game for them to play. The prize: his $200 million estate. The test: to find out which of the players killed him.

from the desk of zoe washington
Janae Marks

Zoe, a young Black girl, is focused on internships and competitions when she gets a letter from her birth father, who has been in prison her whole life. He claims he’s innocent, leading Zoe to try and uncover the actual truth, examining poverty, incarceration, and institutional racism.

Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12 Classics


Considered a classic in American literature, Harper Lee's novel contains humor and serious reflection, while also touching on the themes of racial inequality and rape. Loosely based on her own experiences in Alabama, this story provides for an enduring tale of racial heroism and morality.


Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society.

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The kite runner
khaled hosseini

Amir grows up and deals with lost friendships among the backdrop of the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

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The Plague
Albert camus

An unknown narrator details a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran in this absurdist novel that details the ways humankind confronts death.

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The great gatsby
f. Scott fitzgerald

Jay Gatsby is the man who has it all: enormous amounts of money, a lavish mansion, and the best parties the 1920s can offer. What he doesn't have is Daisy Buchanan, and his desire for her will be his downfall.

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THE hobbit
j.r.r. tolkien

This introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. 

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the jungle
upton sinclair

This novel exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the 19th century and brought into sharp focus the odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled for their share of the American Dream. 

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This story follows the adventures of a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River in 19th century rural America. This book, filled with accounts of boyish behavior and assessments of shrewd human nature, appeals to readers of all ages.

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Animal farm
george orwell

One of the most important works of literature in high school curriculum, Animal Farm is an allegorical novella that reflects on the events leading up the Russian Revolution of 1917, then the Stalinist era that followed. Orwell was a social democrat who strongly opposed Stalin's policy and the Soviet Russia that ensued. This story tells about equality, justice, and progress.

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little women
louisa may alcott

Loosely based on her own life, Little Women follows the lives of four daughters and their passage from childhood to adulthood. They live at home with their mother while their father is away at war—all the while growing up, they wonder if their father will ever return home.

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joseph heller

A historical fiction novel set during World War II Era that additionally touches on the themes of human relationships and sanity. It portrays the futility of war and provides a satire on real political and social issues of this period.

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invisible man
h.g. wells

A scientist discovers a way to render himself invisible but fails to find a cure from it. The book follows him as he wreaks havoc on the town.

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A classic play that follow Moor Othello and Desdemona in their love affair; it begins with elopement and mutual love, and tragically ends with jealousy, rage, and fatalities.

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a passage to india
e.m. forster

A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. The story revolves around four characters; when one doctor is accused of assaulting another woman, the trial that ensues reveals racial tensions and divides between the Indians and the British who rule in India.

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pride and prejudice
jane austen 

This romantic story follows the emotional relationship of the protagonist Elizabeth Bennett and William Darcy. Bennett learns the error of making hasty judgements and comes to the appreciation of superficial and the essential. 

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the stranger
albert camus

A man loses his mom, expresses little remorse, then murders an Arab man on a beach just to watch him die. The novel follows his trial, imprisonment, and most importantly, explores Camus' famous "philosophy of the absurd." 

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gone with the wind
margaret mitchell

Scarlett O'Hara must crawl out of poverty after Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea." The novel is set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era.

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slaughterhouse five
kurt vonnegut

Today, Slaughterhouse-Five is considered one of Vonnegut's most influential novels. Also described as semi-autobiographical, this story tells about an actual event that took place in Vonnegut's lifetime and is a satirical perspective of Billy Pilgrim's journey through World War II.

The Monkey King
Wu Cheng'en

A shape-shifting trickster on a kung-fu quest for eternal life, Monkey King is one of the most memorable superheroes in world literature. is at once a rollicking adventure, a comic satire of Chinese bureaucracy, and a spring of spiritual insight.

Bram Stoker

Jonathan Harker travels to finalize a sale to Transylvanian noble Count Dracula. Little does he realize that he endangers all that he loves, for Dracula is a centuries-old vampire who sleeps by day and stalks by night, feasting on blood.

Grades 9-12

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house on mango street
sandra cisneros

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.

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Written by a Chinese American author, this novel touches on issues of Sino-American identity and gender. Tan loosely draws from the life of her own mother to tell a tale of sacrifice, patriarchal authority, and immigrant life.

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A historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of 30 years of Afghan history, from the Soviet occupation to Taliban control. It follows two women who come from completely separate lives but are brought together by loss and conditions of war. This book explores the themes of oppression, family, friendship, sacrifice, and salvation.

never let me go
kazuo ishiguro

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, but, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman on its grounds, but it’s only when her friends leave the grounds of the school that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

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the circle
dave eggers

A contemporary techno-fiction novel that follow one woman's ambition and journey through a corporate-driven world. It raises questions about history, privacy, democracy, and ultimately, the limits of human knowledge.

louis sachar

Stanley is wrongfully convicted and sent to a juvenile corrections facility where the teens are required to dig one massive hole a day to build character. When he finds an interesting item among the dirt, it kicks off a generation-spanning mystery. Themes include labor, boyhood and masculinity, friendship, illiteracy, and elements of fairy tales.

the Hate u give
Angie thomas

Starr Carter is with her best friend Khalil when he is fatally shot by a police officer. As Khalil was unarmed, his death becomes a national headline. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? What Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Half-Korean Lara Jean used to write her crushes letters confessing her feelings, which she hid under her bed and never sent. When her meddling little sister mails out the letters, Lara Jean must deal with her past loves face-to-face in this coming-of-age story.

laurie halse anderson

Melinda hasn’t uttered a word in weeks. The reason is something she’s still grappling with: at a party over the summer, Melinda was assaulted by a senior. Ostracized for breaking up the party and with no one knowing her secret, she struggles to find a way back to herself and happiness.

the book thief
dave eggers

Narrated by Death itself, this follows Liesel Meminger, an illiterate 9-year-old girl living in Nazi Germany. As she learns to read, she begins to steal and save books from the Nazis. When her family takes in a young Jewish boy hiding from the Nazis, he and Liesel form a bond over their shared nightmares and past trauma that soon becomes unshakeable.

firekeeper's daughter
angeline boulley

Half Ojibwe, half white Daunis never felt like she quite fit in. When she unintentionally witnesses a crime, she is pulled into a mystery as she helps the FBI with the investigation that hits close to home. Part thriller, part examination of Indigenous identity, this book questions many of the tropes around policing that often appear in the crime genre.

station eleven
Emily st. john mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse—the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.


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the gene
siddhartha mukherjee

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies--a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information?

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being mortal
atul gawande

Being Mortal is a meditation on how people can better live with age-related frailty, serious illness, and approaching death. Gawande calls for a change in the way that medical professionals treat patients approaching their ends. 

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lab girl
hope jahren

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist.

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Yuval Noah Harari

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

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Robert M. Sapolsky

From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?

braiding sweetgrass
robin wall kimmerer

Kimmerer brings lenses of botany and Indigeneity together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

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deep medicine
eric topol

Innovative, provocative, and hopeful, Deep Medicine shows us how the awesome power of AI can make medicine better, for all the humans involved.

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emperor of all maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies  is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

the body keeps the score
bessel van der Kolk

 Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world's foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. He uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain


Business / Entrepreneurship 

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no filter
sarah frier

In this “sequel to The Social Network” (The New York Times), award-winning reporter Sarah Frier reveals the never-before-told story of how Instagram became the most culturally defining app of the decade.

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hatching twitter
nick bilton

Drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails, Bilton offers a rarely-seen glimpse of the inner workings of technology startups, venture capital, and Silicon Valley culture.

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michael lewis

Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists.

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lean startup
eric ries

The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. 

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the startup checklist
david s. rose

The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start.

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jason calacanis

Calacanis takes you inside the minds of these successful moneymen, helping you understand how they prioritize and make the decisions that have resulted in phenomenal profits.

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venture deals
brad feld

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is a must-have resource for Any aspiring entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or lawyer involved in VC deals as well as students and instructors in related areas of study.

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Zero to One
Peter Thiel

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Adam Grant

The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas in their careers and everyday life—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Think Again and co-author of Option B.

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The Everything Store is the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

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That Will Never Work
Marc Randolph

From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, That Will Never Work is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.

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In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership.


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a brief history of time

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. 

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From Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a thrilling novel—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.

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A New York Times bestseller―the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.

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Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in the face of this vast expanse. 

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From one of the most dynamic rising stars in astrophysics, an “engrossing, elegant” (The New York Times) look at five ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important concepts in cosmology.

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The Disappearing Spoon masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery -- from the Big Bang through the end of time.


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the impeachers
brenda wineapple

“This absorbing and important book recounts the titanic struggle over the implications of the Civil War amid the impeachment of a defiant and temperamentally erratic American president.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America

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Dreamers and Schemers chronicles how Los Angeles’s pursuit and staging of the 1932 Olympic Games during the depths of the Great Depression helped fuel the city’s transformation from a seedy frontier village to a world-famous metropolis.

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john hersey

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

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The Englishman’s Daughter is the never-before-told story of these extraordinary men, their protectors, and of the haunting love affair between Private Robert Digby and Claire Dessenne, the most beautiful woman in Villeret.


In this memoir-come-history, we see America's apartheid system from the ground up, not just the legal framework or systems of power and interests but the way these systems structured day to day interaction.

The Dawn of everything
David Graeber & David Wengrow

A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.

The Shape of sex
Leah DeVun

This book examines a host of thinkers—theologians, cartographers, natural philosophers, lawyers, poets, surgeons, and alchemists—who used ideas about nonbinary sex as conceptual tools to order their political, cultural, and natural worlds. 

Biography / Autobiography

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personal history
katharine graham

In lieu of an unrevealing Famous-People-I-Have-Known autobiography, the owner of the Washington Post has chosen to be remarkably candid about the insecurities prompted by remote parents and a difficult marriage to the charismatic, manic-depressive Phil Graham, who ran the newspaper her father acquired.

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the code breaker
walter isaacson

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

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steve jobs
walter isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Huma Abedin

This extraordinary memoir from Hillary Clinton’s famously private top aide and longtime advisor—offers a gripping testament to the power of a woman finding her voice, owning her ambition, and sharing her truth.

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born a crime
trevor noah

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

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alexander hamilton
ron chernow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

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michelle obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

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From New York Times Bestselling author Amy Tan, s memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory. 

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Walter Isaacson 

By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available.

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The Snowball
Alice Schroeder

Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. 

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The first nonfiction novel and arguably, the most famous account, of the New Journalism era was written by Tom Wolfe. This eclectic story follows Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they experiment with LSD and journey across the country. 

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into the wild
jon krakauer

Into the Wild, a nonfiction story about a man who uproots his entire life to live alone in the wilderness, then mysteriously disappears, is a book that unravels the theme of independence and transcendentalism. 

what My Bones Know
Stephanie foo

A searing memoir of reckoning and healing by acclaimed journalist Stephanie Foo, investigating the little-understood science behind complex PTSD and how it has shaped her life and physical health.


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The first scientific entry in the acclaimed Art of Mentoring series from Basic Books, Letters to a Young Mathematician tells readers what Ian Stewart wishes he had known when he was a student and young faculty member.

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Journey through Genius
william dunham

Dunham deftly guides the reader through the verbal and logical intricacies of major mathematical questions and proofs, conveying a splendid sense of how the greatest mathematicians from ancient to modern times presented their arguments.

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How Not to Be Wrong
Jordan Ellenberg

The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands

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Bruce Schechter

My Brain Is Open is the story of this strange genius and a journey in his footsteps through the world of mathematics, where universal truths await discovery like hidden treasures and where brilliant proofs are poetry.

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golden ratio
Gary B. Meisner

The Golden Ratio examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos. 

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The Shape of a Life
Shing-Tung Yau

A Fields medalist recounts his lifelong transnational effort to uncover the geometric shape—the Calabi-Yau manifold—that may store the hidden dimensions of our universe.

personal development

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atomic habits
james clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

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amy cuddy

Amy Cuddy presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same.

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angela duckworth

In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

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Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

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Carol S. Dweck

In this brilliant book, the author shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. 

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Susan Cain

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. 

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Malcolm Gladwell 

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

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The book that sparked a revolution and inspired the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: the original guide to decluttering your home once and for all.

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Daniel H. Pink

In this provocative and persuasive new book, the author asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

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The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg

 In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

Jerry Colonna

This venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders and budding entrepreneurs overcome their own psychological traumas.

political science/philosophy

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michael sandel

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

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Laws of Power is a practical, readable guide for anyone who wants power, watches power, or want to arm themselves against power. 

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edward said

"Orientalism" is one of the greatest and most influential of books of ideas to be published since the end of the European empires. For generations now it has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire and with each passing year its influence becomes if anything even greater. 

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Has China Won?Kishore Mahbubani

China and America are world powers without serious rivals. They eye each other warily across the Pacific; they communicate poorly; there seems little natural empathy. A massive geopolitical contest has begun.


Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power is a 2019 non-fiction book which looks at the development of digital companies like Google and Amazon, and suggests that their business models represent a new form of capitalist accumulation that she calls surveillance capitalism.

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bad blood
john carreyrou

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

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don't be evil
rana foroohar

“Don’t be evil” was enshrined as Google’s original corporate mantra back in its early days, when the company’s cheerful logo still conveyed the utopian vision for a future in which technology would inevitably make the world better, safer, and more prosperous.

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human + machine
Paul R. Daugherty &
H. James Wilson

In Human + Machine, Accenture leaders Paul R. Daugherty and H. James (Jim) Wilson show that the essence of the AI paradigm shift is the transformation of all business processes within an organization--whether related to breakthrough innovation, everyday customer service, or personal productivity habits. 

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From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the 12 technological imperatives that will shape the next 30 years and transform our lives.

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the innovator's dilemma
clayton m. christensen

The Innovator’s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corporate America.

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walter isaacson

The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

Stolen Focus
Johann Hari

In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time, and office workers average only three minutes. Hari learned how we can reclaim our focus--as individuals, and as a society--if we're determined to fight for it. 


How is technology changing the way we make sense of the world and of ourselves?
In this personal exploration of digital life’s impact on how we see the world, Axelrod marshals science, philosophy, art criticism, pop culture, and his own experience of returning from two years of living in solitude in northern Vermont. 

The Chip War
Chris Miller

An epic account of the decades-long battle to control what has emerged as the world's most critical resource—microchip technology—with the United States and China increasingly in conflict.


Never Say You Can't survive
Charlie Jane Anders

Things are scary right now, and it’s easy to feel helpless. But we’re not: we have minds, and imaginations, and the ability to visualize other worlds and valiant struggles. And writing can be an act of resistance that reminds us that other futures and other ways of living are possible.

Dracula Daily
Matt Kirkland

A combination of Stoker's original text alongside a rich selection of artwork and memes. From comics celebrating Dracula's famous wall-climbing ability to armchair analysis of the novel's complicated love triangles, the witty commentary and colorful fan art brings a unique twist to the classic tale. 

On Writing
Stephen King

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have.

Steering the Craft
Ursula K. Le Guin

A short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Le Guin, one of the greatest science fiction/fantasy writers of all time, lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. 


white tears/
brown scars

Ruby Hamad

This explosive book of history and cultural criticism argues that white feminism has been a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against Black and Indigenous women and all colonized women. 


What if social transformation and liberation isn't about waiting for someone else to come along and save us? What if ordinary people have the power to collectively free ourselves? In this timely collection of essays and interviews, Kaba reflects on the deep work of abolition and transformative political struggle.

The Trayvon Generation
Elizabeth Alexander

An expansion of the NYT viral essay, this book observes the experiences, attitudes, and cultural expressions of the Trayvon Generation, who even as children are not be shielded from the brutality that has affected the lives of so many Black people.

Against Empathy
Paul bloom

Against Empathy argues that, when it comes to both major policy decisions and the choices we make in our everyday lives, limiting our impulse toward empathy is often the most compassionate choice we can make. Without empathy, our decisions would be clearer, fairer, and—yes—ultimately more moral.

What We Owe
Each Other

Minouche Shafik

Gathering evidence from across the world, Shafik looks at each stage of life, from birth to old age, comparing different countries’ answers to this inescapable question and presents a path toward a new and more generous social contract – between the individual and society, between men and women, between young and old, between rich and poor – fit for today’s world. 


The Divine comedy
Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise; the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

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Odysseus, King of Ithaca, relies on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home after the Trojan War

Paradise Lost
John Milton

John Milton’s Paradise Lost, an epic poem on the clash between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most beautiful works in world literature. 

Time is a mother
Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother's death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America.


A collection of loss: there are flashes of the pandemic, ghosts whose presence manifests in unexpected memories and the mysterious behavior of pets left behind. But this collectionis filled, above all, with connection and the delight of being in the world. 

the hill we climb
Amanda Gorman

Including "The Hill We Climb," the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this collection from the youngest presidential inaugural poet in history reveals an energizing and unforgettable new voice.

Graphic novels

Marjane Satrapi

In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. 

American-Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang

Three braided narratives: a student who is the only Chinese American in his school, the iconic Chinese myth, the Monkey King, and the story of Chin-Kee, a character meant to embody the most damaging Chinese stereotypes. Yang forces young readers to dissect the implications of racism and the complexities that come with growing up Asian American.

Art Spiegelman

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive, representing the Nazis as cats and the Jews as mice.

Understanding comics
Scott McCloud

This innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.

Nadia Shammas & 
Sara Alfageeh

Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It's the highest military honor in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, and as a member of the subjugated Ornu people, Knighthood is her only path to full citizenship. Aiza will have to choose, once and for all: loyalty to her heart and heritage, or loyalty to the Empire.

Through the woods
Emily Carroll

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

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