Richard Branson's favorite books

  • Start with Why

    Start with Why

    Simon Sinek
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    Business & Economics

    Draws on real-life stories and figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Steve Jobs, to examine the qualities a good leader requires in order to inspire and motivate people.

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    it’s one of the few business books that I truly enjoyed.

    Apr 14, 2021 — Source

  • Mandela's Way

    Mandela's Way

    Richard Stengel
    Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
    Self-Help

    "Time" magazine editor Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his bestselling autobiography, distills Mandela's wisdom into 15 vital life lessons that have the power to deepen lives.

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    It’s a truly wonderful read.

    Sep 3, 2020 — Source

  • Homo Deus

    Homo Deus

    Yuval Noah Harari
    A Brief History of Tomorrow
    Science

    Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

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    I just love the style of his writing.

    Nov 9, 2017 — Source

  • Originals

    Originals

    Adam M. Grant
    How Non-conformists Move the World
    Business & Economics

    The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas-and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B"Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point"Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the worl.

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    It’s an eye-opening read ... it reminded me just how wonderful it is to be different.

    Nov 2, 2020 — Source

  • The Weather Makers

    The Weather Makers

    Tim Flannery
    How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
    Nature

    The #1 international bestseller on climate change that’s been endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy executives around the world. Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to worldwide prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, current status, and future impact of climate change, writing what has been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere as the definitive book on global warming. With one out of every five living things on this planet committed to extinction by the levels of greenhouse gases that will accumulate in the next few decades, we are reaching a global climatic tipping point. The Weather Makers is both an urgent warning and a call to arms, outlining the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Originally somewhat of a global warming skeptic, Tim Flannery spent several years researching the topic and offers a connect-the-dots approach for a reading public who has received patchy or misleading information on the subject. Pulling on his expertise as a scientist to discuss climate change from a historical perspective, Flannery also explains how climate change is interconnected across the planet. This edition includes a new afterword by the author. “An authoritative, scientifically accurate book on global warming that sparkles with life, clarity, and intelligence.” —The Washington Post

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    I would highly recommend a book by Tim Flannery called The Weather Makers

    Nov 9, 2017 — Source

  • Just Mercy

    The book has deeply touched many of our Literati readers

    Mar 4, 2021 — Source

  • Just Kids

    Just Kids

    Patti Smith
    Biography & Autobiography

    Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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    wonderful book

    Mar 29, 2021 — Source

  • Sapiens

    Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari
    A Brief History of Humankind
    Science

    New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

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    I just love the style of his writing.

    Nov 9, 2017 — Source

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Michael French,Tracy Kidder
    The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man who Would Cure the World
    Juvenile Nonfiction

    Traces the efforts of Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save lives.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

    An escaped convict threatens to eat young Pip's heart for breakfast. The ghostly Miss Havisham invites Pip to her eerie home. A mysterious benefactor makes him suddenly wealthy. Pip's life will never be the same again. Pride, humility, love, loyalty and shame compete for Pip's emotions. Will his quest to become a gentleman enable him to melt the cold heart of the beautiful Estella, or will it destroy his happiness? Pip's tale is full of mystery and surprises. What is the nature of Miss Havisham's interest in him? Why does Estella want to break his heart? Why does the dangerous convict return? Most importantly, who has given Pip his great expectations?

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Ending the War on Drugs

    Read a new book from drug policy experts

    Mar 25, 2016 — Source

  • Self Belief

    Self Belief

    Jamal Edwards
    Success

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    Michael Crichton
    Fiction

    An American bioengineering research firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island, complete with living dinosaurs, and invites a group of scientists to be its first terrified guests.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Happiness

    Happiness

    Matthieu Ricard
    A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
    Happiness

    A molecular biologist turned Buddhist monk, described by scientists as "the happiest man alive," demonstrates how to develop the inner conditions for true happiness.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff

    Tom Wolfe
    History

    From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review) Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made The Right Stuff a classic.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    Jules Verne
    Fiction

    Professor Aronnax sets out in search of a dangerous sea monster, only to learn that the monster is really Captain Nemo's powerful submarine

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  • Peter Pan

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  • In Defense of Food

    In Defense of Food

    Michael Pollan
    The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating
    Health & Fitness

    Cites the reasons why people have become so confused about their dietary choices and discusses the importance of enjoyable moderate eating of mostly traditional plant foods.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • A Full Life

    A Full Life

    Jimmy Carter
    Reflections at Ninety
    Biography & Autobiography

    In this autobiography, President "Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"--Amazon.com.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Limitless

    Limitless

    Ajaz Ahmed
    Leadership that Endures
    Business & Economics

    There isn’t a magic formula for better leadership. But there is an enduring philosophy behind the most inspiring leaders in business, past and present. It’s one that has outlasted markets, currencies, meltdowns, revolutions and regime changes. Limitless is a celebration of the transformative power of thinking beyond conventional boundaries. Its fascinating true stories of the most audacious and accomplished business leaders remind us how the entrepreneurial spirit really does change the world for the better. The greatest leaders not only make a difference in their own times, but also leave behind the lessons they’ve learned for the world that goes on after them. Finding opportunities where others see obstacles, they show that the greatest investment any entrepreneur can make is to keep an open mind.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • The Outermost House

    The Outermost House

    Henry Beston
    A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod
    Nature

    The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, "written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty" (New York Herald Tribune) A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in his seaside home, but was so possessed by the mysterious beauty of his surroundings that he found he "could not go." Instead, he sat down to try and capture in words the wonders of the magical landscape he found himself in thrall to: the migrations of seabirds, the rhythms of the tide, the windblown dunes, and the scatter of stars in the changing summer sky. Beston argued that, "The world today is sick to its thin blood for the lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot." Seventy-five years after they were first published, Beston's words are more true than ever.

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • The Overview Effect

    The Overview Effect

    Frank White
    Space Exploration and Human Evolution
    Technology & Engineering

    Using interviews with and writings by astronauts and cosmonauts, discusses how viewing the Earth from space and from the moon affect space explorers' perceptions of the world and humanity, and how those changes are likewise felt in contemporary society. The author views space exploration and eventual colonization as an inevitable step in the evolution of human society and consciousness, one which offers new perspectives on the problems facing us down here on Earth. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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  • A Brief History of Time

    A Brief History of Time

    Stephen Hawking
    Science

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends? Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

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  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Fiction

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.

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  • Shantaram

    Shantaram

    Gregory David Roberts
    A Novel
    Fiction

    Having escaped an Australian maximum security prison, a disillusioned man loses himself in the slums of Bombay, where he works for a drug mafia kingpin, smuggles arms for a crime lord, forges bonds with fellow exiles, and finds love with an elusive woman. A first novel. Reprint.

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  • No Future Without Forgiveness

    No Future Without Forgiveness

    Desmond Tutu
    Religion

    The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing a nation has been Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whom President Nelson Mandela named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With the final report of the Commission just published, Archbishop Tutu offers his reflections on the profound wisdom he has gained by helping usher South Africa through this painful experience. In No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past. But nor is it easy to reconcile when a nation "looks the beast in the eye." Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness, he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can inflict upon one another, and yet retains a sense of idealism about reconciliation. With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience, Tutu shows readers how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world.

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  • In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea

    Nathaniel Philbrick
    The Epic True Story That Inspired 'Moby Dick'
    Shipwreck survival

    The riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new film based on this National Book Award-winning account of the true events behind "Moby Dick." In 1820, the whaleship "Essex "was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. "In the Heart of the Sea"--and now, its epic adaptation for the screen--will forever place the "Essex "tragedy in the American historical canon.

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  • The Quiet American

    The Quiet American

    Graham Greene
    Fiction

    A “masterful . . . brilliantly constructed novel” of love and chaos in 1950s Vietnam (Zadie Smith, The Guardian). It’s 1955 and British journalist Thomas Fowler has been in Vietnam for two years covering the insurgency against French colonial rule. But it’s not just a political tangle that’s kept him tethered to the country. There’s also his lover, Phuong, a young Vietnamese woman who clings to Fowler for protection. Then comes Alden Pyle, an idealistic American working in service of the CIA. Devotedly, disastrously patriotic, he believes neither communism nor colonialism is what’s best for Southeast Asia, but rather a “Third Force”: American democracy by any means necessary. His ideas of conquest include Phuong, to whom he promises a sweet life in the states. But as Pyle’s blind moral conviction wreaks havoc upon innocent lives, it’s ultimately his romantic compulsions that will play a role in his own undoing. Although criticized upon publication as anti-American, Graham Greene’s “complex but compelling story of intrigue and counter-intrigue” would, in a few short years, prove prescient in its own condemnation of American interventionism (The New York Times).

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    Apr 21, 2017 — Source

  • Fast Food Nation

    Fast Food Nation

    Eric Schlosser
    The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
    Business & Economics

    Explores the homogenization of American culture and the impact of the fast food industry on modern-day health, economy, politics, popular culture, entertainment, and food production.

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  • Wild Swans

    Wild Swans

    Jung Chang
    Three Daughters of China
    China

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece which is extraordinary in every way.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Douglas Adams
    42nd Anniversary Edition
    Fiction

    'One of the greatest achievements in comedy. A work of staggering genius' - David Walliams An international phenomenon and pop-culture classic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been a radio show, TV series, novel, stage play, comic book and film. Following the galactic (mis)adventures of Arthur Dent, Hitchhiker’s in its various incarnations has captured the imaginations of curious minds around the world . . . It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun . . . With exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by former Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies. The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent begin in the first volume of the 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams' comedy sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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  • One Hundred & One Reasons To Get Out of Bed

    One Hundred & One Reasons To Get Out of Bed

    Barbara ROyal,Natasha Milne
    Small World Steps, Big Planet Heroes

    If you've been paying attention, you might be sensing our world is in trouble. But changes in climate, worry about the extinction of species, our treatment of sentient animals, the safety of our food and health care--so many environmental problems can leave us feeling overwhelmed, powerless and just wanting to pull the covers over our collective heads. But if you'd like a reason to get out of bed and help find some solutions, we can offer 101 of them. Never in history has there been a more collective environmental consciousness, working towards the betterment of the world. As our planet is stripped of her resources, people are standing up, taking action and creating positive change. It's time we all heard about it.We asked 101 people of influence--environmentalists, conservationists, artists, writers, thought leaders, activists, and everyday heroes, who are passionate about the planet and the creatures we share it with--three simple questions. * What environmental issue gets you out of bed in the morning?* What are you doing about it?* What can everyone do about it?Scientist Jane Goodall and filmmaker Louis Psihoyos, business innovators Rick Ridgeway and Richard Branson, global economist John Hewson, and Garbage singer Shirley Manson, add their voices to nearly one hundred others, encouraging us to find our 'one thing' and commit to move ourselves and our communities toward the brightest possibilities for the future.Open this book at any page and you'll meet someone new, doing great things in their world, taking on environmental issues with practical solutions. It shows how little things turn into habits, get shared, and then make big impacts. Our contributions can make a difference. We don't have to settle for what now passes as 'normal'; we can all take small steps to shift the health of our planet. We can all drive social change and demand accountability by those who run 'business as usual'. 101 Reasons... is a roadmap of positive, simple steps that can turn everyday people into global heroes. Join us. Together we can make a difference for our one planet.

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  • Cosmos

    Cosmos

    Carl Sagan
    Science

    Presents an illustrated guide to the universe and to Earth's relationship to it, moving from theories of creation to humankind's discovery of the cosmos, to general relativity, to space missions, and beyond.

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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou
    Biography & Autobiography

    Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin From the Paperback edition.

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  • Big World, Small Planet

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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain
    Fiction

    A graveyard rendezvous becomes a test of bravery for two adventurous youths who witness a murder along the banks of the Mississippi

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  • Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Nelson Mandela
    Political Science

    These memoirs from one of the great leaders of our time are 'essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history - and then go out and change it' Barack Obama The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. 'Enthralling . . . Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, who go beyond mere consensus and move out ahead of their followers to break new ground' Sunday Times 'The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book . . . humane, dignified and magnificently unembittered' The Times 'Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity . . . Unforgettable' Andre Brink

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  • 1984

    1984

    George Orwell
    Drama

    April, 1984. Winston Smith thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new adaptation exploring why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant as ever.

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  • A Time for New Dreams

    A Time for New Dreams

    Ben Okri
    English essays

    A collection of exquisitely crafted essays by Ben Okri, one of Britain's foremost poets, and a Booker Prize-winning novelist, that explore such diverse themes as childhood and creativity, beauty, censorship, art and politics. 'A single line,' writes Ben Okri, 'can lead the mind to terraces of contemplation. Naturally it depends on the line and the view.' This is a collection of exquisitely crafted essays on themes as diverse as childhood and creativity, beauty, censorship, art and politics. They are responses to the world and the times we live in. They ask unsettling questions. They provoke thoughts and they make us dream. 'Profound and enchanting' The Times. 'There can be no mistaking Okri's passion and intelligence. A powerful piece of work' Sunday Telegraph.

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  • Little Wins

    Little Wins

    Paul Lindley
    The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler
    Self-Help

    'Read on, and rediscover how to live a fuller and more successful life' SIR RICHARD BRANSON, from the foreword There are some 400 million people worldwide whose creativity, imagination and determination put the rest of us to shame. They are experts in their field, despite having no experience to speak of. Once, you were one of them too. They are toddlers - and they hold the key to unlocking our creative potential as adults. In Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler, Ella's Kitchen founder Paul Lindley reveals the nine characteristics and behaviours that we can all learn from recalling our toddler selves. From attention-grabbing tactics that would humble most marketing experts to the art of thinking divergently, Lindley shows how much we've lost in getting old - and how we can get it back. Never mind growing up; it's time we grew down.

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  • An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth

    Albert Gore, Jr.
    Juvenile Nonfiction

    The New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop global warming.

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  • Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Jon Krakauer
    A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
    Sports & Recreation

    The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.

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  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling
    Fiction

    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a collection of stories about the Indian jungle by the English author. Embraced by children for generations, the stories include tales of Mowgli the "man-cub" who is raised by wolves in the jungle. This volume also includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" about a mongoose who saves a family from a cobra, and "Toomai of the Elephants" about a young elephant handler. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

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  • Swallows and Amazons

    Swallows and Amazons

    Arthur Ransome
    Juvenile Fiction

    When their boat is burned and they are cast adrift in the South China Sea, Titty, Roger, Peggy, John, Nancy, Susan, and Captain Flint make their way to land only to find themselves the captives of the redoubtable Missee Lee, one of the last pirates operating off the China coast.

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  • The World Without Us

    The World Without Us

    Alan Weisman
    Science

    A study of what would happen to Earth if the human presence was removed examines our legacy for the planet, from the objects that would vanish without human intervention to those that would become long-lasting remnants of humankind.

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  • Black Box Thinking

    Black Box Thinking

    Matthew Syed
    The Surprising Truth About Success
    Psychology

    The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller From the Bestselling Author of Bounce What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Team Sky and the aviation industry? What connects James Dyson and David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us. Drawing on a dizzying array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens - and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

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  • Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Adventure stories

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  • Obama

    Obama

    Mark Greenberg
    The Historic Presidency of Barack Obama--2,920 Days
    Biography & Autobiography

    As President Obama's two terms come to an end, the time is right to explore his legacy. Through stunning images by White House photographers, and notable quotes from a broad spectrum of people, this book relives Barack Obama's journey, from his remarkable victory to his final days in office. Obama features dozens of iconic shots, including dramatic pictures from the situation room, as well as more lighthearted ones from such events as the White House Correspondents' Dinner and of the entire family. It's truly a keepsake of a beloved president.

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  • In-N-Out Burger

    In-N-Out Burger

    Stacy Perman
    A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules
    Business & Economics

    The untold story of the renegade burger chain that evokes a passionate following unlike any other In fast-food corporate America, In-N-Out Burger stands apart. Begun in a tiny shack in the shadow of World War II, this family-owned chain has stead­fastly refused to franchise or be sold. It is a testament to old-fashioned values and rem­iniscent of a simpler time when people, loyalty, and a freshly made, juicy hamburger meant something. Over time, In-N-Out Burger has become nothing less than a cultural institu­tion that can lay claim to an insanely loyal following. Perman uses her investigative skills to uncover the story of a real American success story. It is not only a tale of a unique and profitable business that exceeds all expectations, but of a family's struggle to maintain a sustainable pop empire against the industry it helped pioneer, internal tensions, and a bitter lawsuit that threatened to bring the company to the brink. This is a lesson in a counterintuitive approach to doing business that places quality, customers, and employees over the riches promised by rapid expansion. In-N-Out Burger is a keenly observed narrative that explores the evolution of a California fad that transformed into an enduring cult of popularity; it is also the story of the conflicted, secretive, and ultimately tragic Snyder family who cooked a billion burgers and hooked a zillion fans. As the story of In-N-Out Burger unfolds, so too does the cultural history of America as influenced and shaped by car culture and fast food.

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  • Tales of the Unexpected

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  • The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Juvenile Fiction

    A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. “A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review

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  • Abundance

    Abundance

    Peter H. Diamandis
    The Future Is Better Than You Think
    Science

    The authors document how four forces--exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion--are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. "Abundance" establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

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  • Longitude

    Longitude

    Dava Sobel
    The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
    Biography & Autobiography

    The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem." Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

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  • Travels with Charley

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  • The Meaning of the 21st Century

    The Meaning of the 21st Century

    James Martin
    A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future
    Social prediction

    Examines the dangers the world faces: global warming, terrorism, religious extremism, and water-shortage, and sets out a proactive solution.

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  • In Patagonia

    In Patagonia

    Bruce Chatwin
    Description and travel

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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak
    Juvenile Fiction

    In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to where the wild things are.

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  • Lean In

    Lean In

    Sheryl Sandberg
    Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
    Biography & Autobiography

    The #1 international best seller In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace. Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home. Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.

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  • The Dice Man

    The Dice Man

    Luke Rhinehart
    Decision making

    Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart - and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen.

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