Faithe's Top Picks

example list of Faithe's book recommendations

Updated December 12, 2022
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The Anthropocene reviewed : essays on a human-centered planet
Green, John
Goodreads Choice winner for Nonfiction 2021 and instant #1 bestseller! A deeply moving collection of personal essays from John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down. "The perfect book for right now." -People <...
Astrophysics for people in a hurry
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold. The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit...
Bird brother : a falconer's journey and the healing power of wildlife
Stotts, Rodney
To escape the tough streets of Southeast Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s, young Rodney Stotts would ride the metro to the Smithsonian National Zoo. There, the bald eagles and other birds of prey captured his imagination for the first time. In Bird Brother, Rodney shares his unlikely...
The blessing and the curse : the Jewish people and their books in the twentieth century
Kirsch, Adam
An erudite and accessible survey of Jewish life and culture in the twentieth century, as reflected in seminal texts. Following The People and the Books, which "covers more than 2,500 years of highly variegated Jewish cultural expression" (Robert Alter, New York Times Book...
The book of joy : lasting happiness in a changing world
Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV
An instant New York Times bestseller Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.   Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing...
Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants
Kimmerer, Robin Wall
A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Bestseller A Los Angeles Times Bestseller Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub A Book Riot "Favorite Summer Read of 2020" A Food Tank Fall...
Breath : the new science of a lost art
Nestor, James
A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020 Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR   "A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe--and how we've all been...
Can't even : how millennials became the burnout generation
Petersen, Anne Helen
A BEST BOOK OF THE FALL AS SEEN IN: Apartment Therapy * Book Riot * Business Insider * BuzzFeed * Daily Nebraskan * Entertainment Weekly * Esquire * Fortune * Harper's Bazaar * HelloGiggles * LinkedIn * O Magazine * Time Magazine "[A] razor sharp book of cultural criticism...
Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism From a New York Times investigative reporter, this "authoritative and devastating account of the impacts of social media" (New York Times Book Review)  tracks...
Come fly the world : the jet-age story of the women of Pan Am
Cooke, Julia
Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Men-era of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the...
Cultish : the language of fanaticism
Montell, Amanda
The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power. What makes "cults" so intriguing and...
Educated : a memoir
Westover, Tara
#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
The Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Johnson, Steven
A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year from the author of Extra Life   "By turns a medical thriller, detective story, and paean to city life, Johnson's account of the...
Hope matters : why changing the way we think is critical to solving the environmental crisis
Kelsey, Elin
"This book comes at just the right moment. It is NOT too late if we get together and take action, NOW." --Jane Goodall Fears about climate change are fueling an epidemic of despair across the world: adults worry about their children's future; thirty-somethings...
How Stella learned to talk : the groundbreaking story of the world's first talking dog
Hunger, Christina
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An incredible, revolutionary true story and surprisingly simple guide to teaching your dog to talk from speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger, who has taught her dog, Stella, to communicate using simple paw-sized buttons associated with different...
How to make a slave and other essays
Walker, Jerald
Finalist, National Book Award in Nonfiction Winner, Massachusetts Book Award A Book of the Year pick from Kirkus, BuzzFeed, and Literary Hub "The essays in this collection are restless, brilliant and short....The...
Invisible women : data bias in a world designed for men
Criado-Perez, Caroline
#1 International Bestseller "A rallying cry to fight back." --Sunday Times (London) Winner, 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Winner, 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption
Stevenson, Bryan
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX * A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential...
The knowledge illusion : why we never think alone
Sloman, Steven A.
"The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom." --Steven Pinker We all think we know more than we actually do.   Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but...
Laundry love : finding joy in a common chore
Richardson, Patric
"Patric is going to be the Ina Garten of laundry." --Good Day L.A. A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK by, The Washington Post, Working Mother, Good Day L.A., and more! Patric Richardson, aka the "Laundry Evangelist," reveals his revolutionary...
The making of biblical womanhood : how the subjugation of women became gospel truth
Barr, Beth Allison
USA Today BestsellerChristianity Today 2022 Book Award Finalist (History & Biography) "A powerful work of skillful research and personal insight."--Publishers Weekly Biblical womanhood--the belief that God designed...
The mental load : a feminist comic
Emma (Illustrator)
In her first book of comic strips, Emma reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings, dissecting the mental load, i.e. all that invisible and unpaid organising, list-making and planning women do to manage their lives, and the lives of their family members. In her strips...
Not my father's son : a memoir
Cumming, Alan
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career. A beloved star of stage, television,...
Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void
Roach, Mary.
The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space...
Palaces for the people : how social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarization, and the decline of civic life
Klinenberg, Eric
"A comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward."--Jon Stewart NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * "Engaging."--Mayor Pete Buttigieg, The New York...
Quit like a woman : the radical choice to not drink in a culture obsessed with alcohol
Whitaker, Holly
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself."--Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed "You don't know how much...
The radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women
Moore, Kate
A New York Times BestsellerA LibraryReads Next PickAn Indie Next PickWritten with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" element of radium in early 20th-century American factories. Their courage and tenacity led to...
The revenge of analog real things and why they matter
Sax, David
One of Michiko Kakutani's (New York Times) top ten books of 2016 A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. We've begun to fall back in love with the very analog goods and ideas the tech gurus insisted that we no longer needed. Businesses that once looked...
Rooted : life at the crossroads of science, nature, and spirit
Haupt, Lyanda Lynn.
The Splendid and the Vile A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Larson, Erik.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz--an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of...
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers
Roach, Mary
"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."--Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years,...
The stranger beside me
Rule, Ann
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Rule, "America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews), her unforgettable classic account of the horrifying murders in the Pacific Northwest and her shock when she discovered her friend--Ted Bundy--was not only a suspect but also one...
Tastes like war : a memoir
Cho, Grace M.
Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction Winner of the 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature A TIME and NPR Best Book of the Year in 2021 This evocative memoir of food and family history is "somehow both...
The tipping point : how little things can make a big difference
Gladwell, Malcolm
Uncover the captivating science behind viral trends in business, marketing, and human behavior in the breakthrough debut -- named one of the best books of the decade by The A.V. Club and The Guardian -- by Malcolm Gladwell, the bestselling author...
Underland : a deep time journey
Macfarlane, Robert
Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in...
Why fish don't exist : a story of loss, love, and the hidden order of life
Miller, Lulu
A Best Book of 2020: The Washington Post * NPR * Chicago Tribune * Smithsonian A "remarkable" (Los Angeles Times), "seductive" (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab,...
Wow, no thank you : essays
Irby, Samantha
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction Award Winner * A rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays from the New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. "Stay-up...

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