Build a Better World Suggested Reading List

Please note: The following are regular print editions. Some titles will have large print, audio, and digital copies in CWMARS. Click here to download and print as a PDF.

Bloomberg, Michael & Pope, Carl. Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet. St. Martin’s Press, 2017. 264 pages. ISBN: 9781250142078.

Bonney, Grace. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. Artisan, 2016. 359 pages. ISBN: 9781579655976.

Braun, Adam. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change. Scribner, 2014. 254 pages. ISBN: 9781476730622.

Brown, Brené. Rising Strong: The Reckoning. the Rumble. the Revolution. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. 301 pages. ISBN: 9780812995824.

Callahan, David. The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. Knopf, 2017. 343 pages. ISBN: 9781101947050.

Campisi, Charles & Dillow, Gordon. Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops. Scribner, 2017. 348 pages. ISBN: 9781501127199.

Cooper, Caren. Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery. Overlook Press, 2016. 294 pages. ISBN: 9781468308679.

Farmer, Paul. To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. University of California Press, 2013. 266 pages. ISBN: 9780520275973.

Friedman, Thomas L. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. 486 pages. ISBN: 9780374273538.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. How to Relax. Parallax Press, 2015. 116 pages. ISBN: 9781941529089.

Hanh, Thich Nhat & DeAntonis, Jason. How to Walk. Parallax Press, 2015. ISBN: 9781937006921.

Hennessey, Kate. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother. Scribner, 2017. 372 pages. ISBN: 9781501133961.

Holt, Nathalia. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars. Little, Brown and Company, 2016. 338 pages. ISBN: 9780316338929.

Lama, Dalai; Tutu, Desmond & Abrams, Douglas Carlton. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. Avery, 2016. 354 pages. ISBN: 9780399185045.

Lamott, Anne. Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Riverhead Books, 2017. 176 pages. ISBN: 9780735213586.

Lerner, Harriet. Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts. Touchstone, 2017. 195 pages. ISBN: 9781501129599.

Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Brown and Company, 2013. 638 pages. ISBN: 9780316323543

Mazzeo, Tilar J. Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Gallery Books, 2016. 317 pages. ISBN: 9781476778501.

McRaven, William H. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World. Grand Central Publishing, 2017. 130 pages. ISBN: 9781455570249.

Montalvaan, Luis Carlos. Tuesday’s Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives. Hachette Books, 2017. 294 pages. ISBN: 9780316314411.

Montgomery, Ben. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. Chicago Review Press, Inc., 2014. 277 pages. ISBN: 9781613747186

Napoli, Lisa. Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away. Dutton, 2016. ISBN: 9781101984956.

Parker, Kate T. Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves. Workman Publishing, 2017. 256 pages. ISBN: 9781523500680.

Parten, Anu. The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life. Harper, 2016. 418 pages. ISBN: 9780062316547.

Philip, Drew. A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City. Scribner, 2017. 290 pages. ISBN: 9781476797984.

Robbins, Jim. The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future. Spiegel & Grau, 2017. 331 pages. ISBN: 9780812993530.

Rydell, Anders. The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance. Viking, 2017. 352 pages. ISBN: 9780735221222.

Sandberg, Sheryl & Grant, Adam. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. 226 pages. ISBN: 9781524732684.

Sdoia, Roseann & Jordan, Jennifer. Perfect Strangers: Friendship, Strength, and Recovery After Boston’s Worst Day. Public Affairs, 2017. 246 pages. ISBN: 9781610397001.

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. William Morrow, 2016. 346 pages. ISBN: 9780062363596.

Solnit, Rebecca. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Haymarket Books, 2016. 152 pages. ISBN: 9781608465767.

Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Spiegel & Grau, 2014. 336 pages. ISBN: 9780812994520.

Sutherland, Amy. Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes. Harper, 2017. 273 pages. ISBN: 9780062377234.

Velasquez, Lizzie & Morris, Catherine Averil. Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World. Hachette Books, 2017. 192 pages. ISBN: 9780316272438

Xerces Society, The. 100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive. Storey Publishing, 2016. 239 pages. ISBN: 9781612127019.

Yousafzai, Malala & Lamb, Christina. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Back Bay Books/Little Brown & Company, 2015. 368 pages. ISBN: 9780316322423.