TED talks recommends: Books to dive into this summer!

Printer Friendly Display

All of those TED talk guest speakers generate a lot of ideas - and they also recommend a lot of books! Here are just some of the books they recommend for your summer reading.


Lionel Dahmer
Call Number: 364.1523 Dah
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Libba Bray
Description: It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls--and their foray into the spiritual world--lead to?
Format: eBook
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Call Number: B De K
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Geoff Dyer
Call Number: 359.94 Dye
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa (Store)
Call Number: 642.4 Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Laurie Fabiano
Description: In Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. Culled from her own family history, Fabiano paints a portrait of Giovanna Costa, who, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life in a new world. Shot through with the smells and sights of Scilla, Italy, and New York's burgeoning Little Italy, this story follows Giovanna as she finds companionship, celebrates the birth of a baby girl, takes pride in a growing business, and feels a sense of belonging on a family outing to Coney Island. However, these modest successes are rewarded with the attention of the notorious Black Hand, a gang of brutal extortionists led by Lupo the Wolf. As the stakes grow higher and higher, readers share with Giovanna her desperate struggle to remain outside the fray, and then to fight for - and finally to save - that which is important above all other: family.
Call Number: FIC Fab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Octavia E Butler
Description: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
Call Number: FIC But
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Thích Nhất Hạnh
Call Number: 294.33 Nha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Carol S. Dweck
Description: Reveals how established attitudes affect all aspects of one's life, explains the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, and stresses the need to be open to change in order to achieve fulfillment and success.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Sonia Shah
Description: From Sonia Shah, an inquiry into the origins of pandemics, interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative. Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera--one of history's most disruptive and deadly pathogens--and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. More than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past fifty years, and 90 percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. Shah tracks each stage of cholera's dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the nineteenth-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in cholera's footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China's wet markets, the surgical wards of New Delhi, the slums of Port-au-Prince, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like--and what we can do to prevent it.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.1 Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
K. Anders (Karl Anders) Ericsson, Robert Pool
Description: Draws on the examples of chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens to outline a powerful approach to learning that enables proficiency through strategic goal setting, self-motivation, and feedback exercises.
Call Number: 153.9 Eri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Isaac Asimov
Description: One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil--so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.
Call Number: FIC Asi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Joshua Hammer, Paul Boehmer
Description: Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
John Connolly
Call Number: LP FIC Con
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell, Dan Woren
Description: An updated, expanded edition of the best-selling book hailing the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Call Number: 613.2 Cam
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg
Call Number: 641.5 Pag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Elizabeth Alexander
Description: In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander--poet, mother, and wife--finds herself at a crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 49. Reflecting with gratitude on the beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance. She examines the journey we take in life through the lens of her own emotional and intellectual evolution, taking stock of herself at the midcentury mark. Because so much of her poetry is personal or autobiographical in nature, her transition to memoir is seamless, guided by her passionate belief in the power of language, her determination to share her voyage of self-discovery with her boys, and her embrace of the principle that the unexamined life is not worth living. This book is for anyone who has loved and lost. It's about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you--it's discovering the truth in your life's journey: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's Elizabeth Alexander's story but it is all of our stories because it is about discovering what matters--Excerpted from statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Jesse Donaldson
Description: " When long-time Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is shot in the head by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with solving the crime. Every criminal the sheriff ever locked up is a suspect, but as Harlan examines the circumstances surrounding Lew's death, he finds out his former boss wasn't an innocent. Harlan's search takes him headlong into the county's burgeoning prescription drug trade, from wooded ATV parks and tobacco farms to riverboat casinos, from the slanted steps of trailer parks to the manicured porches prominent citizens. As the evidence brings Harlan closer to his unlikely suspect, he comes to doubt the law and its ability to solve the county's problems."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Don
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
C. S. Lewis, Robert Whitfield
Call Number: 231.8 Lew
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington
Description: Arianna Huffington shows how cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises people's health and decision-making and undermines work lives, personal lives, and even sex lives. She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while people sleep and dream. She takes on the dangerous sleeping pill industry, and all the ways addiction to technology disrupts sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how to get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.
Call Number: 613.794 Huf
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Amanda Ripley
Description: What we can learn from schools in Finland, South Korea and Poland.Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting, and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries' education results.
Call Number: 370.9 Rip
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Mary Doria Russell
Description: The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.
Call Number: FIC Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Michael (Michael M.) Lewis
Description: Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, and led to a new approach to government regulation. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms. The Undoing Project is about a collaboration between two men who became heroes in the university and on the battlefield--both had important careers in the Israeli military--and whose research was linked to their life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They worked together so closely that they couldn't remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind's view of its own mind.
Call Number: 612.8233 Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Tom Standage
Call Number: 384.1 Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Carrie Jenkins
Description: A philosopher offers her new theory on the nature of romantic love that brings together its humanistic and scientific components and explains how our acceptance of non-traditional relationships - including homosexual, interracial and non-monogamous ones - will continue to evolve in the future
Call Number: 128.46 Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Paul Kalanithi, A. Verghese
Description: On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient.
Call Number: LP 616.994 Kal
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Steven Johnson
Description: Steven Johnson brings a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling, and the inventions he describes, are full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their wares, meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. Johnson argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 790.1 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Wendy Lesser
Description: Born in Estonia 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia. By the time of his mysterious death in 1974, he was recognized as one of the greatest architects of his era. Yet this reputation was based on only a handful of masterpieces, all built during the last fifteen years of his life. This warm, captivating person, beloved by students and admired by colleagues, was also a secretive man hiding under a series of masks. Interspersed throughout this account of Kahn's life and career are descriptions of what it feels like to move through his built structures.--From book jacket.
Call Number: B Kah
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2017
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: TED talks recommends: Books to dive into this summer!
A Father's Story
Lionel Dahmer
364.1523 Dah
The China Study [Audiobook]
T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell, Dan Woren
613.2 Cam
A Great And Terrible Beauty [E-book]
Libba Bray
The Flavor Bible : The Essential Guide To Culinary Creativity, Based On The Wisdom Of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg
641.5 Pag
A Human Being Died That Night : A South African Story Of Forgiveness
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
B De K
The Light Of The World : A Memoir
Elizabeth Alexander
B Ale
Another Great Day At Sea : Life Aboard The Uss George H.w. Bush
Geoff Dyer
359.94 Dye
The More They Disappear
Jesse Donaldson
FIC Don
Barefoot Contessa Parties! : Ideas And Recipes For Easy Parties That Are Really Fun
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa (Store)
642.4 Gar
The Problem Of Pain [Audiobook]
C. S. Lewis, Robert Whitfield
231.8 Lew
Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity [E-book]
Katherine Boo
The Sleep Revolution : Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time
Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington
613.794 Huf
Elizabeth Street : A Novel Based On True Events
Laurie Fabiano
FIC Fab
The Smartest Kids In The World : And How They Got That Way
Amanda Ripley
370.9 Rip
Kindred
Octavia E Butler
FIC But
The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell
FIC Rus
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
294.33 Nha
The Undoing Project : A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Michael (Michael M.) Lewis
612.8233 Lew
Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success [E-book]
Carol S. Dweck
The Victorian Internet : The Remarkable Story Of The Telegraph And The Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers
Tom Standage
384.1 Sta
Pandemic : Tracking Contagions, From Cholera To Ebola And Beyond
Sonia Shah
362.1 Sha
What Love Is : And What It Could Be
Carrie Jenkins
128.46 Jen
Peak : Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise
K. Anders (Karl Anders) Ericsson, Robert Pool
153.9 Eri
When Breath Becomes Air [Large Print]
Paul Kalanithi, A. Verghese
LP 616.994 Kal
Pebble In The Sky
Isaac Asimov
FIC Asi
Wonderland : How Play Made The Modern World
Steven Johnson
790.1 Joh
The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu [eAudiobook]
Joshua Hammer, Paul Boehmer
You Say To Brick : The Life Of Louis Kahn
Wendy Lesser
B Kah
The Book Of Lost Things [Large Print]
John Connolly
LP FIC Con