After work schedules and weekend routines look much different these days, but one thing hasn’t changed: our team’s curiosity to learn more about the world with the turn of each page.
Whether a method in beating screen fatigue or an alternative to our typical morning commute, we’ve read and identified a stack of inspiring memoirs, lesson-packed fables and informative novels.
Here’s what topics, genres and issues are at the top of FrazierHeiby’s quarantine reading list.
“Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics” by Gary Zukav
- Ann, a science enthusiast at heart, found “the Bible” for those curious about the nature of our universe. From Quantum physics to relativity, this read highlights the work of journalist Gary Zukav alongside Tai Chi masters at Esalen Institute.
“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates
- Girl power, all day everyday. In her debut novel, Melinda Gates shares personal stories and eye-catching data that highlights one central theme: if we want society to thrive, we must invest in women. Our fearless leader Lauren hasn’t been able to put this one down.
“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
- A recommendation straight from Reese Witherspoon’s book club, Wesleigh has enjoyed this memoir about one woman’s experience growing up Black, Christian and female in a world that preaches diversity but doesn't often practice it.
“DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story ” by Nancy Durate
- Don’t worry, this one has lots of pictures. As our director of insights and strategy, Kim dove into this informative read to better understand data visualization in relation to engaging presentations.
“Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth” by Rachel Maddow
- Chris Coe received a fascinating look at the underbelly of the wealthiest and most corrupt industry on Earth, Big Oil and Gas, and how the industry has a hand in crucial happenings across the globe.
“The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom
- A fable on the essence of time, Laura’s recent read explores the story of Father Time and his quest to show two humans, one a teenage girl and the other a wealthy businessman, the importance of time and how we should measure our days.
“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
- Caitlin spent the last few weeks diving into this story of twin sisters who grew up in a small, southern Black community and choose to live as adults in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
“Back to Human: How to Create Great Connection in the Age of Isolation” by Dan Schawbel
- One of the additional books on Lauren’s nightstand and straight from the Washington Post’s bestseller list, this informative piece highlights Schawbel’s research efforts on how virtual communication fuels heightened feelings of isolation in the workplace — and how leaders can utilize technology to create more connections among their team.
“Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” by Wil Haygood
- Kim’s recent read provides a deep exploration into one week during this legendary Supreme Court Justice's confirmation hearing. Thurgood Marshall’s — described by Kim, and many, as a master communicator — approach to persuasion and effective outcomes all unfolds in the context of the Civil Rights Era.
Have any books left you on the edge of your seat or reading into the wee hours of the night? We’d love to hear about them — share your thoughts below!