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Professional Reading—Catholic Schools

  • Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989) by Thomas Reese, SJ.
  • Architects of Catholic Culture by Timothy Cook
  • The Art of Theological Reflection (1994) by Patricia O’Connell Killen & John De Beer.
  • At the Heart of the Church: Selected Documents of Catholic Education Ed. by Ronald J. Nuzzi & Thomas C Hunt
  • Behold the Heritage: Foundations of Education in the Dominican Tradition (2006) by Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P. & Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P.
  • Being Mercy: The Path to Being Fully Alive (2019) by Joseph V. Corpora, CSC
  • Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent in Catholic Education (2012) by Graham P. McDonough
  • Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity (2017) by James Martin, SJ
  • Catholic Identity or Identities: Refounding Ministries in Chaotic Times (2013) by Gerald A. Arbuckle
  • The Catholic Imagination (2000) by Andrew Greeley
  • A Catholic School Governance Handbook for a New Era (2018) Ryan, Sabatino, and Haney
  • Catholic School Leadership (2016) Ed. by Anthony J. Dosen & Barbara S. Rieckhoff
  • Catholic Schools and the Common Good by Anthony Bryk, Valerie Lee & Peter Holland
  • Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church by Hossfman Ospino & Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill
  • Character and the Contemplative Principal (2003) by Merylann J. Schuttloffel
  • Charism & Culture: Cultivating Catholic Identity in Catholic Schools by Dr. Timothy Cook
  • Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus (2019) by Jim Wallis
  • The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church (2014) by Pope Francis
  • The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching (2020) by Mark P. Shea
  • The Council: Vatican II in Plain English (1996) by Bill Huebsch
  • Creation: A Catholic’s Guide to God and the Universe (2021) by Christopher T. Baglow
  • The Decrees and Declarations: Vatican II in Plain English (1997) by Bill Huebsch
  • Doing Mercy: A Path to Contemplation (2020) by Joseph V. Corpora, CSC
  • Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church (2017) by Chris Lowney
  • Finding a Way Home: Indian and Catholic Spiritual Paths of the Plateau Tribes (1983) by Patrick J. Twohy
  • Finding Your Posts: Grounded Living in Times of Change (2017) by Kent Hickey
  • A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1992) by Thomas Reese, SJ.
  • Fragmented Catholicity and Social Cohesion: Faith Schools in a Plural Society (2012) by Ann Casson
  • Fratelli Tutti (2020) by Pope Francis
  • The Future of Catholic Higher Education: The Open Circle (2021) by James L. Heft, S.M.
  • Good People Make Tough Choices: Facing Everyday Value Conflicts by Timothy O’Connell
  • Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (2005) by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor
  • The Great Commission: Models of Evangelization in American Catholicism (2008) by Timothy Byerley
  • Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World (2003) by Chris Lowney
  • How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community (2018) by Judith Valente
  • Hunger for Hope: Prophetic Communities, Contemplation, and the Common Good (2020) by Sr. Simone Campbell
  • Inside the Vatican: The Politics & Organization of the Catholic Church (1998) by Thomas Reese, SJ.
  • Joy of the Gospel (2013) by Pope Francis
  • Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (2015) by Pope Francis
  • Let Your Spirit Breathe: Living a Value-Based Life by Timothy O’Connell
  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community (2009) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Lost Classroom, Lost Community (2014) by Margaret F. Brinig & Nicole Stelle Garnett
  • Making Disciples: A Handbook of Christian Moral Formation (1998) by Timothy E. O’Connell
  • Models of the Church (2002) by Avery Cardinal Dulles
  • No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public Education by Ashley Rogers Berner
  • On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and Soul of the Port of New York by James T. Fisher
  • 101 Questions & Answers on Catholic Social Teaching, 2nd ed. (2013) by Kenneth R. Himes
  • Option for the Poor and for the Earth (2012) by Donal Dorr
  • Parish School: A History of American Cathoilc Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present (2016) by Timothy Walch
  • A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (2003) by Peter Steinfels
  • The Practical Prophet: Pastoral Writings (2007) by Ken Untener
  • The Premier See: A History of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, 1789-1994 (1989) by Thomas W. Spalding
  • The Principal as Spiritual Leader (1994) by Maria Ciriello, OP
  • Principles for a Catholic Morality (rev. ed, 1990) by Timothy O’Connell
  • Racial Justice & the Catholic Church (2010) by Bryan N. Massingale
  • Restoring Trust in the Catholic Parish (2021) by Marijka Eeuwes Lampard
  • Retention: A Systems Approach to Growing Enrollment (2018) by Mike Ziemski
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming (1992) by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (2019) by Sister Helen Prejean
  • #Rules of Engagement: 8 Christian Habits for Being Good & Doing Good Online (2021) by Ann M. Garrido
  • Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody: The Making of a Black Theologian (2018 ) by James H. Cone
  • The Sin of White Supremacy (2017) by Jeannine Hill Fletcher
  • The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology (2017) by William C. Mattison III
  • The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem (2008) by Patrick J. McCloskey
  • Tend Your Own Garden: Sharing Our Core Values by Timothy O’Connell
  • Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free (2019) by Maurice J. Nutt
  • The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe (2019) by Richard Rohr
  • Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline by Lynne Lang
  • The Vision of Vatican II: Its Fundamental Principles (2019) by Ormond Rush
  • The Way of Fuzzy Faith (2019) by Michael Quillin
  • Weathering the Storm: Moving Catholic Schools Forwardby DeFiore, Convey, & Schuttloffel
  • What Happened at Vatican II (2008)  by John W. O’Malley

Professional Reading—Leadership (link to blogs)

  • The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools (2016) by Elena Aguilar
  • Ask Without Fear: A Simple Guide to Connecting Donors with what Matters to Them Most by Marc A. Pitman (2008)
  • Built to Last Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (2019 edition) by Jim Collins
  • Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring our Perceptions of Discipline (2021) by Lori L. Desautels
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (1999) by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, & Sheila Heen
  • The Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead – and the Lessons for Us All (2021) by Michael Useem
  • The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon (2007)
  • A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix (2017) by Edwin H. Friedman.
  • Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers (2010) by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo
  • Getting It Done: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Roger Fisher & Alan Sharp (1998)
  • Good to Great & Good to Great And the Social Sector by Jim Collins
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads “On Emotional Intelligence” 
  • Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World (2003) by Chris Lowney
  • A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey to an Undivided Life (2009) by Parker Palmer
  • The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P. Kotter
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  • The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts (2019) by Shane Parrish
  • The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations (2002) by John P. Kotter
  • How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (2014) by Lee G. Bolman & Terrence E. Deal.
  • The Illusion of Technique (1979) by William Barrett
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Practice & Principles (2006 ) by Peter F. Drucker
  • It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
  • It’s Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need (2007) by Bruce Tulgan
  • Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box, 3rd edition (2018) by the Arbinger Institute
  • Leadership Can Be Taught (2005) by Sharon Daloz Parks
  • Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change (2017) by Ronald Heifetz & Marty Linsky
  • The Leadership Paradox: Balancing Logic and Artistry (1994) by Terrence E. Deal & Kent D. Peterson
  • Leadership Without Easy Answers (1994) by Ronald A. Heifetz
  • Leading Change: An Action Plan from the World’s Foremost Expert on Business Leadership (1996) by John P. Kotter
  • Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership (2011) by Howard Gardner
  • Leading With Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit (2011) by Lee G. Bolman & Terrence E. Deal
  • Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic by Leonard L. Berry & Kent D. Seltman
  • Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs (2018) by John Doerr
  • Moral Leadership: Getting to the Heart of School Improvement (1992) by Thomas J. Sergiovanni
  • Motion Leadership by Michael Fullan
  • Motion Leadership in Action: More Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy by Michael Fullan
  • Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed & Others Fail (2019) by Michael Fullan
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
  • The Orange Frog by Shawn Achor
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant (2016)
  • Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership (2007) by Gary L. McIntosh & Samuel D. Rima
  • The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go (2021) by Matthew Barzun
  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (2009) by Ron Heifetz & Marty Linsky
  • Principles (2017) by Ray Dalio
  • The Purple Goldfish by Stan Phelps
  • Redeeming Administration by Ann Garrido
  • Redeeming Conflict by Ann Garrido
  • Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, 4th edition (2008) by Lee G. Bolman & Terrence E. Deal
  • Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption Cragun & Sweetman
  • Resilent Leadership: Navigating the Chemistry of Organizations (2009) by Bob Duggan & Jim Moyer
  • Resilient Leadership 2.0: Leading wth Calm, Clarity, and Conviction in Anxious Times (2017) by Bob Duggan & Bridgette Theurer
  • Rethinking Leadership: A Collection of Articles (2007) by Thomas J. Sergiovanni
  • Say Anything: How Leaders Inspire Ideas, Cultivate Candor, and Forge Fearless Cultures by Doug Crandall & Matt Kincaid (2014)
  • Stall Points by Matthew S. Olson & Derek van Bever
  • Stories that Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business (2019) by Kindra Hall
  • Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent (2016) by Sydney Finkelstein
  • The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be (2021) by Marc A. Pitman
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Greg Heath
  • Teaching and the Case Study Method (1994) by Louis B. Barnes & C. Roland Christensen
  • Teamwork: What Must Go Right; What Can Go Wrong (1989) by Carl E. Larson & Frank M.J. LaFasto
  • Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (2015) by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen
  • Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (2021) by Adam Grant
  • This Will Make You Smarter (2012) Ed. by John Brockman
  • Traction by Gino Wickman
  • Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright (2008)
  • Trust & Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Lesson for Experimental Research (The Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust, Vol. 6) (2005) by Einor Ostrom & James Walker (Editors)
  • Uplifting Leadership: How Organizations, Teams, and Communities Raise Performance by Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle, and Alma Harris (2014)
  • Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen (2020) by Dan Heath
  • Using Conflict Theory (2002) by Otomar J. Bartos & Paul Wehr
  • What College Trustees Need to Know 
  • The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis (2002) by Richard H. Ackerman & Pat Maslin-Ostrowski

Professional Reading—Instructional Leadership (link to blogs)

  • All Learning is Social and Emotional (2019) by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith
  • The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities That Transform Schools (2016) by Elena Aguilar
  • Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation (2019) by Floyd Cobb & John Krownapple
  • Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning by Lindsay Unified School District
  • Creating a Love & Logic School Culture by Jim Fay (2011)
  • Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems (2016) by Michael Fullan & Joanne Quinn
  • The Courage to Teach Guide for Reflection & Renewal (2017 ) by Parker Palmer
  • The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice (2020) by Fredrik DeBoer
  • Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work by Fullan and DuFour
  • Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger (2014)
  • Evolving Learner: Shifting from Professional Development to Professional Learning (2020) by Lainie Rowell, Kristy Andre, and Lauren Steinmann
  • The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne
  • Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning (2019) by Scott McCleod & Julie Graber
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough (2012)
  • How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice (2019) by Robert Pondiscio
  • How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education (2020) by Scott Newstok
  • Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today (2017) by Eric Sheninger & Thomas Murray
  • Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better (2017) by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, Paul G. LeMahieu
  • Leaving to Learn: How Out of School Learning Increases Student Engagement & Reduces Dropout Rates (2013) by Elliot Washor & Charles Mojkowski
  • Leveraging Leadership by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (2006)
  • Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Biodiversity (2015) by Steve Silberman
  • Onward: Cultivating Resilience in Educators (2018) by Elena Aguilar
  • Public & Private High Schools: The Impact of Communities (1987) by James S. Coleman and Thomas Hoffa
  • Shaping School Culture, 3rd edition (2016) by Terrence E. Deal & Kent D. Peterson
  • The Smartest Kids in the World (2013) by Amanda Ripley
  • Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning (2016) by James Rickabaugh
  • The Ten-Minute Inservice: 40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness by Todd Whittaker & Annette Breaux (2013)
  • Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2018) by Anthony Muhammad
  • TrustED: The Bridge to School Improvement (2021) by Toby A. Travis
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (2017) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009) by Daniel Willingham

Professional Reading—Time Management & Productivity (link to blogs)

Professional Reading—Miscellaneous (link to blogs)

  • Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward (2012) by Timothy Bohen
  • All is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day (2011) by Jim Forest
  • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States (2019) by Erika Lee
  • American Grace: How American Religion Divides and Unites Us (2012) by Robert D. Putnam & David E. Campbell
  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West (2018) by Nate Blakeslee
  • America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America (2017) by Jim Wallis
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads (2016) by Tim Wu
  • Be Our Guest (2011) by the Disney Institute & Theodore Kinni
  • Between the World and Me (2015) Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (2016) by Joe Jackson
  • Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations (2006) by John Carver
  • Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2001) by Robert D. Putnam
  • Breathing Under Water (2011) by Richard Rohr
  • Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism (2020), Edited by Peter Christensen
  • Canyon Dreams (2019) by Michael Powell
  • Caste: The Origins of our Discontents (2020) by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas, 4th ed. (2001) by James L. Adams
  • Conflict, Tension, Strength: The History of St. Paul’s Mission, St. Labre Indian School, and St. Stephen’s Indian School, 1884-Present (2015) by Donna Peterson (dissertation)
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2011) by James H. Cone
  • Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life (2017) by Makoto Fujimura
  • The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (2003 edition) by Dante Alighieri
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (2018) by Beth Macy.
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (2015) by Sam Quinones
  • Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2009) by Daniel Pink
  • The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory (2004) by Roberta M. Gilbert
  • The Essential Tillich: An Anthology of the Writings of Paul Tillich (1987) ed. by F. Forrester Church
  • Everything Belongs (2003) by Richard Rohr
  • The Evolving Self: Problem and Process in Human Development (1982) by Robert Kegan
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things are Better Than You Think (2018)  by Hans Rosling
  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life ( 2011) by Richard Rohr
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire (2017) by Kurt Anderson
  • A Fine Line: How Most American Kids are Kept Out of the Best Public Schools (2020) by Tim DeRoche
  • Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety (2019) by Henri J.M. Nouwen & Richard Rohr
  • Friedman’s Fables (1990) by Edwin H. Friedman
  • Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food (2019) Bob Quinn & Liz Carlisle
  • The Gunning of America: Business & the Making of American Gun Culture (2016) by Pamela Haag
  • The 5 Habits of Prayerful People: A No-Excuses Guide to Strengthening Your Relationship with God (2019) by Michael St. Pierre
  • From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality (2005) by Richard Rohr
  • Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of an American Town (2017) by Brian Alexander
  • Habits of the Heart: Individualism & Commitment in American Life (1985) by Robert Bellah, Richard Madsen, William Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven Tipton
  • Hillbilly Elegy (2016) by J.D. Vance
  • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
  • How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Immortal Diamond: Searching for Our True Self (2013) by Richard Rohr
  • In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir (2018) Paul Quenon, OCSO
  • I Want to See: What the Story of Blind Bartimaeus Teaches Us (2017) by Roc O’Connor, SJ.
  • Jesus & John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (2020) by Kristin Kobes de Mez
  • Jesus and the Disinherited (1996) by Howard Thurman
  • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
  • Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World (2002) by Henri Nouwen
  • Mere Christianity (2015 edition) by C.S. Lewis
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer
  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2020) by Michelle Alexander
  • No Man is an Island (2003) by Thomas Merton
  • Objectives & Key Results: Driving Focus, Alignment, and Engagement with OKRs (2016) by Paul R. Niven & Ben Lamorte
  • On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Growing Old (2018) by Parker Palmer
  • One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (2015) by Kevin M. Kruse
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam
  • Parable of the Sower (1993) by Octavia Butler
  • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (2016) by Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool
  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith (2020) by Timothy Egan
  • The Politics of Penance: Proposing an Ethic for Social Repair (2016) by Michael Griffin
  • The Power of Moments (2017) by Chip & Dan Heath
  • A Promised Land (2020) Barack Obama
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (2019) by David Epstein
  • Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 (2014) by Eric Foner
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2015) by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral LIfe (2019) by David Brooks
  • Sermon on the Mount (1991) by Richard Rohr
  • Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College (2020) by Jeff Hobbs
  • The Spirit of Community: The Reinvention of American Society (1993) by Amitai Etzioni
  • Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age (2019) by John Sexton
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner (2015)
  • Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else (2008) by Geoff Colvin
  • Talking to Strangers (2019) by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Teacher Man by Frank McCourt (2005)
  • Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen: Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century (2019) by Michael W. Higgins
  • To Sell is Human (2012) by Daniel Pink
  • True Self, False Self by Richard Rohr
  • Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (2020) by Anne Applebaum
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
  • The Upswing: How American Came Together a Century Ago & How We Can Do It Again (2020) by Robert D. Putnam with Shaylyn Romney Garrett
  • The Vindication of Tradition (1984) Jaroslav Pelikan
  • Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions (2017) by James E. Ryan
  • We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America (2019) by Jennifer M. Silva
  • What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era (2020) by Carlos Lozada
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (2018) by Daniel Pink
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be (2014) by Frank Bruni
  • White Flight: Atlanta & the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005) by Kevin M. Kruse
  • With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit (2016) by Walter Ciszek SJ
  • Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison (2013) by Shaka Senghor

Recreational Reading

  • All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr
  • American Dirt (2020) by Jeanine Cummins
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017) by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Agent in Place, Back Blast, Ballistic, Commander in Chief, Dead Eye, Gunmetal Gray, The Gray Man, Mission Critical, On Target  by Mark Greaney
  • Awareness: Conversations with the Masters by Anthony de Mello
  • The Best American Short Stories (2018) Ed by Roxanne Gray
  • The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert
  • Educated: A Memoir (2018) by Tara Westover
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts (1992) by Gary Chapman
  • Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot (2009) by John L. Parker, Jr.
  • Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks (2016) by Mark Woods
  • Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night (2017) by Jason Zinoman
  • The Long Ships (1954) by Frank Bengtsson
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2010) by Stephen King
  • Our Little Secret: The True Story of a Teenage Killer and the Silence of a Small New England Town (2021) by Kevin Flynn & Rebecca Lavoie
  • Queen Sugar (2014) by Natalie Baszile
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jess Hobbs (2014)
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2015) by Peter Frankopan
  • The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen
  • Spillover by David Quammen
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (2014) by David Epstein
  • St. Francis of Assisi (2015) by G.K. Chesterton
  • Sting-Ray Afternoons (2017) by Steve Rushin
  • The United States of Paranoia (2014) by Jesse Walker
  • When Breath Becomes Air (2016) by Paul Kanalithi
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (2017) by Sherman Alexie

Reading with the Kids:

  • The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (7 books)
  • The Harry Potter seriesby J.K. Rowling. (7 books)
  • Wonder (2012) by R. J. Palacio
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