What’s important to me in reading or recommending a book?
I read mysteries to learn more about times, places and people outside my experience. Some favorite mystery authors include Cara Black, James Benn, Sujata Massey and Jacqueline Winspear. My most recent OLLI (OSHER Lifeline Learning Institute) program in July 2021 was Sherlock Reimagined and featured pastiches and homages to Arthur Conan Doyle's singular character Sherlock Holmes as well as his colleagues and enemies.
In social science, I’m a big fan of the Daniels: Dan Ariely, Daniel Goleman, Dan Heath, and Daniel Pink, as well as the Freakonomics writers. Not only does it feed my curiosity, applying this research to home and workplace challenges often proves useful.
Lately, I've been delving into political philosophy with writers like Arthur Brooks (Love Your Enemies), David Brooks (The Road to Character), Daniel Moskovitz (The Meritocracy Trap), Thomas Piketty's (very dense) Capital and Ideology and Michael J. Sandmel (The Tyranny of Merit).
I’m also a big reader of Jewish fiction and in 2019 I presented a program on Jewish women authors for GMU’s OLLI program from Naomi Ragen and Elinor Lipman to Diana Bletter and Julia Dahl.
If you’ve enjoyed some of these same authors, ask me for a suggestion. Chances are you’re less than six degrees away from more great reads!
In no particular order and grouped by genre:
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