What We’re Reading Now

BOOKSHELFAt Impact, we’re a team of learners and readers, and we know many of you are the same. So every few months we’ll share what we’re reading now in the hope of stimulating great conversations. Here’s our late Fall edition:

Alanah says: “I accidentally started a small vintage cookbook collection. Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe caught my eye because the issues it addressed in the 70s are very pertinent today. Although I’m not a vegetarian, I find myself cooking and enjoying many vegetarian meals–reducing my meat intake.”

Amanda says: “I am reading  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. And what I am getting from it is a whole new perspective. It is really driving home the issue of race in America and how we just don’t talk about it. We hide behind the Dream that we all have equal opportunities here, but it just isn’t true.”

Jen is reading Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. She says, “It brings together poetry and lyric essays and other forms to get at the critical and timely social justice issues we continue to face in America, and is beautiful and topical and important.”

Julie says: “If you have a child at home, or care about closing the educational achievement gap across our nation, check out Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain by Dana Suskind, MD on the critical importance of language exposure for kids ages 0-3.”

Kathy is reading The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. “Having just completed Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, I’m challenging myself to invest time in becoming more familiar with the history of our country that I never learned in school,” says Kathy. “It chronicles the massive migration of African Americans out of the Southern United States through general history and the biographies of three people. More than 6 million blacks moved from the South between from 1910 and the 1960s, changing urban and cultural life in America, and making it one of the most momentous events in our country’s history. That’s worth learning more about in a National Book Award winning book.”

Lisa is reading The Story of the Lost Child, the final installment of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. “I think this series of novels is going to stick with me for a long time,” says Lisa. “The characters are flawed, in the ways real people are flawed, and therefore, the friendship at the heart of these books is very real and extremely moving.”

Meg says: “I am currently re-reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I read it about three years ago, but after her visit to the Sixth & I Synagogue in September I thought I could use a reminder of the good lessons in this book. I’m amazed at how much more I’m getting out of the book the 2nd time around.”

What are you reading? Use the comments below to let us know or share your thoughts on what we’re reading.

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