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Selected Book Reviews (2019—) by Lisa Thaler

Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion

Grosz, Stephen. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves. W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.

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.

Kleon, Austin. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad. Workman Publishing Company, 2019.

Kleon, Austin. Steal like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative. 10th anniversary ed. Workman Publishing Company, 2022.

Rosenberg, Marshall. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. 3rd ed. PuddleDancer Press, 2015. First published 1999.

Hoffman, Claire. Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood. Harper, 2016.

Roth, Bob. Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. With Kevin Carr O'Leary. Simon & Schuster, 2018.

Koren, Leonard. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. Imperfect Publishing, 2008. First published by Stone Bridge Press in 1994.

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

Dass, Ram. Remember, Be Here Now. Hanuman Foundation, 1978. First published 1971.

Dass, Ram, with Rameshwar Das. Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart. Reprint ed. Sounds True, 2014.

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

Batchelor, Stephen. Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening. Riverhead Books, 1997.

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.

Tubbs, Anna Malaika. The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. Flatiron Books, 2021.

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, Social Sciences, and Political Sciences

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

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.

Kleon, Austin. Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. Workman Publishing Company, 2014.

Berkowitz, Dick. Street Person: Autobiography. MGI Media, 2021.

The Drift magazine, fall 2021 issue.

Ord, Toby. The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity. Hachette Books. 2020.

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.

Beard, Mary. Women & Power: A Manifesto. Liveright Publishing, 2017.

Manne, Kate. Entitlement: How Male Privilege Hurts Women. Crown, 2020.

Jensen, Robert A. Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me about Caring for the Living. St. Martin's Press, 2021.

Homes, A.M. The Mistress's Daughter. Penguin Books, 2007.

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.

Sandel, Michael J. Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? Farrar, Straus and Siroux, 2010.

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.

Lowenthal, Jeff, and Robert Schaffner. Fleetwood Mac in Chicago: The Legendary Chess Blues Session, January 4, 1969. Schiffer, 2022.

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

Hopps, Walter, with Deborah Treisman and Anne Doran. The Dream Colony: A Life in Art. Bloomsbury USA, 2017.

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

Kolko, Jon. How I Teach: Reflecting on Fifteen Years in Design Education. Brown Bear Publishing, 2017.

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.

Yu, Miri. Tokyo Ueno Station. Translated by Morgan Giles. Riverhead Books, 2020.

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.

Landau, Neil, with Matthew Frederick. 101 Things I Learned in Film School. Crown Publishers, 2021. First published by Grand Central Publishing in 2010.

Owens, Zibby. Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature. Little A, 2022.

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.

Sepetys, Ruta. I Must Betray You. Philomel Books, 2022.

Science, Medicine, and Agriculture

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.

Gibson, Lindsay C. Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. New Harbinger Publications, 2015.

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. 

Urbina, Ian. The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys across the Untamed Frontier. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

Technology and Military Science

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

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

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.

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.

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