Books-the one vice I'll never give up!
For quite a while, I have read one hundred books a year, or about two books a week. Some years I don't make the mark, but I always learn a lot.
A quick synopsis of the books I read this month:
The Promise of Paradox was written at the beginning of Parker Palmer's writing career, and the takeaway is that the opposite of a profound truth is not a falsehood, but another great truth.
Reich's The Common Good takes us through principles of civic engagement and how what is good for all of us is good for each of us individually. It calls for more acts of service and equality in public policy and day to day American life.
To the End of June is an incredible account of foster care in America. It traces the history of public policy surrounding foster care through firsthand accounts of foster families.
Why Does This Keep Happening to Me? chronicles seven issues the author believes get in our way and how we can overcome them.
Freakonomics is an interesting application of economic principles to social issues like how Roe v. Wade lowered abortion rates and other phenomenon.
What the Dog Saw is an anthology of articles Malcolm Gladwell published in The New Yorker. It is organized into three sections, with the last--on human behavior and ethics--being the most interesting.
The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches is a compilation of famous rhetoric by luminaries of the last century.
Markings is the philosophical diary of a United Nations administrator.
Gang Leader for a Day is the autobiographical account of an Indian sociologist who integrates himself into the gang life of one of Chicago's low-income housing projects in the 1990's.
While Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse is clearly partisan and liberal, it also sheds light into current events as well as duties of various offices of the White House.
The Mask of Masculinity is a book written for men to teach us how to take off the masks we wear in order to be more vulnerable and show up for life in an authentic way.