Selected Book Reviews (2019—) by Lisa Thaler

Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion

Jaco, Michael. The Intuitive Warrior: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Unleashing Your Hidden Potential. Synergy Books, 2010.

Murphy, Kate. You're Not Listening: What You're Missing, and Why It Matters. Celadon Books. 2020.

Rosenberg, Marshall. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. 3rd ed. PuddleDancer Press, 1999. 

Slaby, Lydia. Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being. Disruption Books, 2019.

Wright, Robert. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017.

Chödrön, Pema. Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World. Shambhala, 2019.

Spink, Kathryn. Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography. Revised ed. HarperOne, 2011. First published in 1990.


Robinson, Mary. Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice. Bloomsbury USA, 2014.

Harris, Kate. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road. Reprint ed. Dey Street Books, 2019. 

Heyman, Bruce, and Vicki Heyman. The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty. Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Frank, Justin A. Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Avery / Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.

Moore, Natalie Y. The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. Reprint ed. Picador, 2017. 

Social Sciences

Tough, Paul. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America. Mariner Books, 2009.

Preis, Michael W. and Matthew Frederick. 101 Things I Learned in Business School. Grand Central Publishing, 2010.

Tullman, Howard A. The Perspiration Principles: You Get What You Work For, Not What Your Wish For. CreateSpace, 2018.

Sofer, Oren Jay. Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication. Shambhala, 2018.

Williamson, Bess. Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design. NYU Press, 2019.

Zehr, Howard. The Little Book of Restorative Justice. Revised and updated, 2nd ed. Good Books / Skyhorse Publishing, 2015.


Political Science

Emanuel, Rahm. The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World. Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. 

Shah, Sonia. The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.

Music and Fine Arts

Ritz, David. The God Groove: A Blues Journey to Faith. Howard Books, 2019.

Müller, Lars, author, and Paul Klee, artist. Paul Klee Pedagogical Sketchbook: Bauhausbücher 2 (1925). Lars Müller Publishers, 2019.

Sudjic, Deyan. The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Things. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009.

Language and Literature

Shlain, Leonard. The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict between Word and Image. Penguin Compass, 1999.

Maum, Courtney. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book. Catapult, 2020. 

Shields, David. Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. Vintage, 2010.

Lambert, Raymond, with Chris Bournea. All Jokes Aside: Standup Comedy Is a Phunny Business. Agate Bolden, 2016. 

Maron, Marc, and Brendan McDonald. Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast. Flatiron Books, 2018.

Finck, Liana. Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir. Random House, 2018.

Ferber, Edna. So Big: A Novel. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2018. First published in 1924.

Shields, David. Other People: Takes and Mistakes. Deckle Edge, 2017.

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer: A Novel. Grove Press, 2016.


Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. Reprint ed. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014. 

Nakazawa, Donna Jackson. The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine. Ballantine, 2020.


Nestor, James. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Riverhead Books, 2020.

Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of a Face. Reprint ed. Mariner Books, 2013. First published in 1999.

Nakazawa, Donna Jackson. Childhood Disrupted: Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal. Atria Books, 2016. 


Kelly, Scott. Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery. Vintage, 2018.

Matsumoto, Shoukei. A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind. TarcherPerigee, 2018.