Early Fall 2021: Changing Perceptions

Fall is a time of change. Summer is coming to an end: leaves are beginning to change colors, the sun has shifted, and many are returning to school or moving into a new home. Here at Literati Bookstore we see Fall as a time for people to discover new ways of living in, being a part of, and seeing the world with books that can inspire, educate, and open new doors to change.  —  Literati bookseller Carla Bayha curated this expansive reading list.

Nudge: The Final Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143137009
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

"Nudge" has given rise to more than 400 “nudge units” in governments around the world and countless groups of behavioral scientists in every part of the economy. The new, "Final Edition" offers a wealth of new insights for both its avowed fans and newcomers to the field about a wide variety of issues that we face in our daily lives— COVID-19, health, personal finance, retirement savings, credit card debt, home mortgages, medical care, organ donation, climate change, and “sludge” (paperwork and other nuisances we don’t want, and that keep us from getting what we do want)—all while honoring one of the cardinal rules of nudging: make it fun!

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982154622
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

The debut memoir of an over-achieving young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to group therapy and gets psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers—and finds human connection, and herself.

Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849354189
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Published: AK Press - May 25th, 2021

"Holding Change" is about attending to coordination, to conflict, to being humans in relationship with each other— not as a constant ongoing state, but rather as a magnificent, mysterious, ever-evolving dynamic in which we must involve ourselves, shape ourselves and each other. The majority of the book is sourced from Brown’s 20+ years of facilitation and mediation work with movement groups.

Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future Cover Image
By Shaun King, Bernie Sanders (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780358561835
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Published: Mariner Books - May 11th, 2021

As a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, Shaun King has become one of the most recognizable and powerful voices on the front lines of civil rights in our time. His commitment to reforming the justice system and making America a more equitable place has brought challenges and triumphs, soaring victories and crushing defeats. In "Make Change" King offers an inspiring look at the moments that have shaped his life and considers the ways social movements can grow and evolve in this hyper-connected era.

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good Cover Image
By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor)
ISBN: 9781849353267
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Published: AK Press - March 19th, 2019

How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor Adrienne Maree Brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612198552
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Published: Melville House - December 29th, 2020

In a world where addictive technology is designed to buy and sell our attention, and our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity, it can seem impossible to escape. In this inspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy, artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win back our lives.

Radical Humility: Essays on Ordinary Acts Cover Image
By Rebekah Modrak (Editor), Jamie Lausch Vander Broek (Editor), Aaron Ahuvia (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781948742962
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Published: Belt Publishing - March 16th, 2021

What does humility mean and why does it matter in an age of golden escalators and billionaire entrepreneurs? How can the cultivation of humility empower us to see success in failure, to fight against injustice, to stretch beyond our usual ways of thinking, and to foster a culture of listening in an age of digital shouting? "Radical Humility: Essays on Ordinary Acts" offers guidance, with contributions from renowned scholars as well as psychologists, artists, and many others,

Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631498565
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

Even before the publication of his 1975 seminal "Animal Liberation", Peter Singer, one of the greatest moral philosophers of our time, unflinchingly challenged the ethics of eating animals. Now, in "Why Vegan?" Singer brings together the most consequential essays of his career to make this devastating case against our failure to confront what we are doing to animals, to public health, and to our planet.

The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years (The ParentData Series #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984881755
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Published: Penguin Press - August 3rd, 2021

In "The Family Firm," Professor of Economics at Brown University and mother of two, Emily Oster offers a classic business school framework for data-driven parents to think more deliberately about the key issues of the elementary years: school, health, extracurricular activities, and more. "The Family Firm" is a smart and winning guide to how to think clearly--and with less ambient stress--about the key decisions of the elementary school years.

Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education (Class : Culture) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780472054725
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Published: University of Michigan Press - October 8th, 2020

"Strike for the Common Good" gathers together original essays written by teachers involved in strikes nationwide, by students and parents who have supported them, by journalists who have covered these strikes in depth, and by outside analysts (academic and otherwise). Together, the essays consider the place of these strikes in the broader landscape of recent labor organizing and battles over public education, and attend to the largely female workforce and, often, largely non-white student population of America’s schools.

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Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984878106
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Published: Viking - February 2nd, 2021

The bestselling author of "Give and Take" and "Originals" examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, "The Body Keeps the Score" exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984824752
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Published: Harmony - June 1st, 2021

We work feverishly to make ourselves happy. So why are we so miserable? In "Do Nothing," Celeste Headlee illuminates a new path ahead, seeking to institute a global shift in our thinking so we can stop sabotaging our well-being, put work aside, and start living instead of doing. We won’t find what we’re searching for in punishing diets, productivity apps, or the latest self-improvement schemes. Yet all is not lost - we just need to learn how to take time for ourselves, without agenda or profit, and redefine what is truly worthwhile.

Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501166730
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 5th, 2021

Keep your brain young, healthy, and sharp with this science-driven guide to protecting your mind from decline by neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.

For fans of David Sedaris and Nora Ephron, here is a humorous, irreverent, and poignant look at the gifts, stereotypes, and inevitable challenges of aging, based on the wildly popular New York Times essay from award-winning journalist Steven Petrow.

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ISBN: 9780143136668
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Published: Penguin Life - July 6th, 2021

The new uplifting book from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of "The Midnight Library," for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement.

Let's Talk About Hard Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501190247
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021

Founder and host of WNYC’s award-winning podcast "Death, Sex, & Money," or as the New York Times dubbed Anna Sales: “a therapist at happy hour.” She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. But Sale argues that we all experience these hard things, and by not talking to one another, we cut ourselves off, leading us to feel isolated and disconnected from the people who can help us most. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics—death, sex, money, family, and identity—she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. She uncovers that listening may be the most important part of a tough conversation, that the end goal should be understanding without the pressure of reconciliation, and that there are some things that words can’t fix (and why that’s actually okay).

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How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183526
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Published: Dutton - October 13th, 2020

There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's book.

Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books (Penguin Great Ideas) Cover Image
By Georges Perec, John Sturrock (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780241475218
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Published: Penguin Books - June 8th, 2021

A slim volume featuring Georges Perec's writings on the simple task of arranging books and what it can reveal about life.

Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up--and What We Make When We Make Dinner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525512431
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Published: The Dial Press - June 8th, 2021

Liz Hauck and her dad had a plan to start a weekly cooking program in a residential home for teenage boys in state care, which was run by the human services agency he co-directed. When her father died before they had a chance to get the project started, Liz decided she would try it without him. She didn’t know what to expect from volunteering with court-involved youth, but as a high school teacher she knew that teenagers are drawn to food-related activities, and as a daughter, she believed that if she and the kids made even a single dinner together she could check one box off of her father’s long, unfinished to-do list. This is the story of what happened around the table, and how one dinner became one hundred dinners.

Easy Crafts for the Insane: A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593187784
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 6th, 2021

In "Easy Crafts for the Insane," crafting tutorials serve as the backdrop of a life dissolved, then glued back together. Surprising, humane, and utterly unforgettable, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the unexpected, messy coping mechanisms we use to find ourselves again.

How to Live When a Loved One Dies: Healing Meditations for Grief and Loss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946764805
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Published: Parallax Press - July 19th, 2021

"How To Live When A Loved One Dies" offers powerful practices such as mindful breathing that will help you reconcile with death and loss, feel connected to your loved one long after they have gone, and transform your grief into healing and joy.

Never Say You Can't Survive Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250800015
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Published: Tordotcom - August 17th, 2021

Full of memoir, personal anecdote, and insight about how to flourish during the present emergency, "Never Say You Can’t Survive" is the perfect manual for creativity in unprecedented times.

Some Glad Morning: Holding Hope in Apocalyptic Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780960097722
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Published: Pushcart Press - October 6th, 2020

Tragically, the deep chords of hope for a coming new age, which resounded throughout ancient accounts of the end-times, are too often unheard on today’s stage. Little attention is given to Nature’s powers of healing. Little thought is given to how to weather the storms and sail on to the new land, or to what that new land will be like. As a result, many people are overcome and paralyzed by fear, rage and hopelessness. "Some Glad Morning" is aimed straight at this malaise. Arranged in the circle of the seasons, this small volume will feed the soul and strengthen the heart for these times.

Run: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury (Illustrator), Nate Powell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419730696
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - August 3rd, 2021

The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series "March," this is the continuation of the life story of John Lewis and the struggles seen across the United States after the Selma voting rights campaign.

The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist's Guide to the Climate Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593080931
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Published: Vintage - April 6th, 2021

In "The Future We Choose," Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carna, who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015, have written a cautionary but optimistic book about the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity.

I Want to Thank You: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and Meaning in a Disconnected World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593189627
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Published: TarcherPerigee - April 13th, 2021

We all know that gratitude is good for us, but the real magic comes when we express it. Gina Hamadey learned this life-changing lesson firsthand when a case of burnout and too many hours on social media left her feeling depleted and disconnected. In this engaging book, she chronicles how twelve months spent writing 365 thank-you notes to strangers, neighbors, family members, and friends shifted her perspective. Her journey shows that developing a lasting active gratitude practice can make you a happier person, heal complicated relationships, and reconnect you with the people you love — all with just a little bit of bravery at the mailbox.  Hamadey found herself thanking not only family members and friends, but less expected people in her sphere, including local shopkeepers, physical therapists, long-ago career mentors, favorite authors, and more. Once you get going, you might find yourself cultivating an active gratitude practice, too — one heartfelt note of thanks at a time.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211292
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Published: Avery - October 16th, 2018

No matter your goals, "Atomic Habits" offers a proven framework for daily improving. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. "Atomic Habits" will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits, whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

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Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525575238
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2021

Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. The truth is we all have a voice in our head. When we talk to ourselves, we often hope to tap into our inner coach but tend to find our inner critic instead. Brilliantly argued, expertly researched, and filled with compelling stories, "Chatter" gives us the power to change the most important conversation we have each day: the one we have with ourselves. Acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores these silent conversations we have, nterweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies, explaining how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. Kross warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk — what he calls “chatter” — can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure.