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What We’re Reading: July

Leela

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and finally had the opportunity to start reading it. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to humanize people who live under the spotlight, such as a First Lady, but this memoir does just that. Michelle tells of her humble upbringing, her days before living in the white house to becoming the First Lady and the privileges and challenges that came with her platform. She is relatable, inspiring and I look forward to continuing reading this memoir!

To Read: The Body Keeps the score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessle A. van der Kolk

 

 

 


Brad

Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder

While I don’t consider myself a tech nerd, I love reading about technology, and how it’s shaping our lives – for better or worse. Fortunately, George Gilder offers a strikingly accurate, yet hopeful, account of technology’s biggest players today, and why they aren’t the overlords of all future progress that we often cut them out to be.

Gilder opens his book by providing a succinct history on the influence of companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, and how they’ve come to purport futuristic predictions based on their present success. Gilder goes further to draw in key moments from history where mathematical and scientific prodigies engaged in conversations and discoveries about how human society could flourish – or not – based on popular theories at various points in time.

Above all, Gilder interweaves and demonstrates – convincingly – why there are more reasons that prosperity depends on human ingenuity and innovation than computer algorithms, AI, or deep learning.

To Read: Growing Kingdom Wisdom by Tom Yeakley


Bethany

Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

I look forward to enjoying the mixed-media special edition of Hinds’ Feet on High Places. As an artsy person who absolutely loves deer, it’s hard to resist the cover and interior design of this gorgeous book. Plus, I’ve never actually read the classic allegory of Hinds’ Feet! I’m expecting that this will be both a visual and literary adventure!

To Read: War Story: A Memoir by Steven Elliott and Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler

 


Tell us, what are you currently reading? What’s on your To-Read Pile?

Leela was raised in Kansas City and has called Chicago home for the past five years. She works on the team to help coordinate advertising and media traffic. In her free time, she enjoys coffee shops, running and traveling with her husband.

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