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.

Bateson, Mary C. Peripheral Visions: Learning along the Way. HarperCollins, 1994.

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, 2015. First published 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.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice. 40th anniversary ed. Shambhala, 2010. First published 1970.

ODB lectionary of daily readings from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, 2020.

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


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

Grossman, Evelyn Joseph. Hidden in Berlin: A Holocaust Memoir. Amsterdam Publishers, 2020.

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

Bolden, Tonya. How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Viking Books for Young Readers, 2016.

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. 

Geography, Anthropology

Nwazota, Obiora. Nkemdiche: Why We Do Not Grow Beards. Okpara House, 2020.

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.

Schulman, Sarah. Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Response, and the Duty of Repair. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.

Sofer, Oren Jay. Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication. Shambhala, 2018. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design., 2015.

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

Burke, Tarana. Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement. Flatiron Books. 2021.

Zehr, Howard. The Little Book of Restorative Justice. The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series. Revised and updated, 2nd ed. Good Books, 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.

Oles, Thomas. Walls: Enclosure and Ethics in the Modern Landscape. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

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

Kwok, Clyde. Without Borders. MGI Media, 2021.

Language and Literature

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

Norris, Mary. Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. Reprint ed. W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. First published 2015.

Pollack, John. Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas. Avery, 2014.

Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry. Mariner Books, 1994.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. 25th anniversary ed. Anchor Books, 2019. First published by Pantheon Books in 1970.

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.

Tamblyn, Amber. Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. Crown Archetype, 2019.

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.

Mackesy, Charlie. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse. HarperOne, 2019. First published by Ebury in 2019.

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

Bender, Aimee. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel. Anchor, 2011. First published 2010.

Berlin, Lucia, and Jeff Berlin, ed. Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.

Ensler, Eve. The Apology. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

Karr, Mary. The Art of Memoir. Harper Perennial, 2016. First published 2015.

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

Simic, Charles. The Lunatic: Poems. Ecco, 2015.

Solnit, Rebecca The Faraway Nearby. Penguin Books, 2013.

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.

Aiden, Erez, and Jean-Baptiste Michel. Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture. Reprint ed. Riverhead Books, 2014. First published 2013.

Redniss, Lauren. Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout. Dey Street Books, 2010.

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

Switek, Brian. Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone. Riverhead Books, 2019.


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 1999.

Sarno, John E. Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. Mass market ed. Grand Central Life & Style, 2018. First published 1991.

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.

Sassoon, Vidal. Vidal: The Autobiography. Pan Books, 2011. First published 2010 by Macmillan.

Jang, Sung, and Martin Thaler, with Matthew Frederick. 101 Things I Learned in Product Design School. Crown, 2020.

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

Military Science

Musashi, Miyamoto. The Book of Five Rings, trans. Thomas Cleary. Including Yagyu Munenori. The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War. Shambhala, 2000.