Your 2016 holiday reading sorted


Work's out, the holidays are here and it’s time to catch up on some of those books you’ve been meaning to read




All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A beautiful and unique take on World War II through the perspective of a blind French girl Marie Laure and a young technology genius Werner, a German soldier. Written with such hauntingly beautiful prose, this is the kind of book that will affirm your faith in the compassion of humanity. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2014.



The Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem

Explore the human body and everyday medicines in an entirely new way. This book raises important questions and highlights some evolutionary rooted solutions.



Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed by Frances Westley

Described as a book about making the impossible happen, for those who are not happy with the way things are. Getting to Maybe looks at some of the greatest social changes of our time, and lays out a brand new way of thinking about making change in the community, in business and in the world.



How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

The amazing innovations that change our lives, told like a dramatic mystery. Johnson traces innovation over centuries and their unintended consequences on modern day life. Brilliant mistakes, accidental genius and the untold story of everyday objects in our lives.



Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle

Have we replaced conversation for a mere digital connection? Sherry, who has been studying digital culture for over thirty years, investigates a troubling consequence to our digital connectivity: we find ways around conversations with texts and emails, where we don’t have to talk, listen or reveal ourselves.



Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

The creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how a year of saying ‘YES’ changed her life. For an introvert with three hit shows and three children at home it was far easier to say no. Yet Shonda decided to say yes for a year to unexpected invitations that came her way, and shares the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life.



This Changes Everything: Capitalism v.s the Climate by Naomi Klein

Why is the world in a global climate crisis? Klein thoughtfully and provokingly examines the free market ideology of our time and challenges us to rethink the global economy and political system. This is the kind of book everyone should read, explaining a crisis that will affect all of us.



Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hafner

Do you know the story of the people who created the internet? The remarkable result of imagination, innovative engineering and hard work by a small but brilliant group of people. A must read for anyone interested in the internet – which is probably all of us.



Does It Work? 10 Principles for Delivering True Business Value in Digital Marketing by Shane Atchison

A book that will change the way you think about marketing forever. With countless digital platforms, the most important thing isn’t how many views or followers or clicks you get. The question needs to be does it work? Learn how to use the latest digital platforms to create a high-value marketing plan and re-evaluate what you’re doing.



Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Like a modern day Atticus Finch, Bryan Stevenson has fought judges and defended those who are impoverished, black or both for decades. His fast-paced book is said to be as every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird and has been named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times and Washington Post. It’s the kind of read that will make you believe in justice and human compassion against the odds.



Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon

The dual biography about the lives of pioneering English feminists who lived as outlaws, breaking convention and tradition. Mary Wollstonecraft, the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women died shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mary Shelley. Despite never knowing her mother, Mary Shelley became a Romanic visionary and gave the world Frankenstein. These two women, scandalous and rule-breakers, changed the way we think and the way we are.

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