What We’re Reading

With all the extra time being spent at home these days, now is the perfect opportunity to finally read those books stacking up and collecting dust on your nightstand. When picking out new reads for our library, escapism and education are always the main goals, and luckily, there’s a veritable paper treasure chest full of worthy tomes to dive into. Scroll down for a selection of the books that we’ll be cracking into in the near future — everything from lighthearted comedic reads to bestselling business bibles are topping the list. 

Principles by Ray Dalio

In his second book, Ray Dalio shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business. We find something new in this book with every read.

Dining In by Alison Roman

Especially relevant now, Dining In provides delicious and simple recipes from New York Times recipe maven, Alison Roman. Roman is known for making recipes go viral (ever heard of #thestew?) and this cookbook is filled with recipes that will keep you in your kitchen, cranking out instant-classics for the foreseeable future.

Boom by Michael Shnayerson

A nonfiction book that reads like a Hollywood drama, Michael Shnayerson’s Boom follows the meteoric rise of the contemporary art market, the largest unregulated financial market in the world. Kelly Klee board member and founder of HiZ.art, Heidi Zuckerman says, “The Art World and the Art Market are not necessarily the same thing. Boom does a great job elucidating what each means and where they overlap. It’s a truly fascinating and instructive read!”

The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial

The Adventurer’s Son is a brave account of National Geographic Explorer, Roman Dial’s quest to solve the mystery of his son’s disappearance along Costa Rica’s remote Pacific Coast. It’s an extraordinary story that is impossible to put down.

Do You Mind If I Cancel? by Gary Janetti

Gary Janetti is the writer and producer behind some of the most popular television shows of our time, including Family Guy and Will and Grace. This hilarious read serves as welcome comedic relief, with stories that will have you laughing out loud as you read them.

How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Not nothing-nothing, though. Jenny Odell seeks to reframe productivity in this book that encourages readers to connect to their surroundings in a new way. We’re too connected in the online space and not nearly connected enough in the offline world, she argues. An ideal read for the times if you ask us.

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli 

At the moment, it seems like there’s no such order and that’s exactly what Rovelli will have you contemplating upon completion of this thoughtful tome. You’ll find yourself wondering why you rely on that watch on your wrist to measure your past and future. Is time a social construct? This is one book that will leave you thinking (and perhaps offer some welcome support to a morning spent sleeping in).

Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman

A few months spent in close quarters with significant others has certainly got us all wondering if we’ll be one of the last couples standing among our friends. This novel book shares one couple’s tale as they try their very best to avoid the same fate as their divorced friends. They relax a few of the standard boundaries of marriage and, as one might expect, lines are crossed and hilarity ensues. A great, lighthearted addition to your library.

The Glass Hotel by Emily John 

John’s Station Eleven became an instant-classic when it was released in 2017 (it was about a pandemic, no less!), and you can expect some of the same gripping prose in her latest work, The Glass Hotel. There’s a Ponzi scheme, a remote hotel in the wilderness of British Columbia, and a whole lot of greed at play in this page-turner. If you’re looking to escape, this is the read for you.

Why Trust Science by Naomi Oreskes

In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength—and the greatest reason we can trust it. Relevant as ever, this book is a timely and informative read recommended by Kelly Klee board member David Wong.

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