Success and Creativity


Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead / Brené Brown

Based on twelve years of research, thought leader Dr. Brené Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

Originals: how non-conformists move the world / Adam Grant

The New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take examines how provocative thought leaders can champion originality in their organizations, drawing on illustrative studies and stories spanning a range of disciplines to explain how to recognize a good idea, speak up, build allies, choose a time to act and manage doubts.

Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us / Daniel H. Pink

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does. He argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Big Magic: creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Shares the author’s wisdom and thoughts on creativity, offering insight into inspiration and discussing the attitudes, approaches, and habits needed to live a creative life.

Start with Why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action / Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started withwhy. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire.

The Happiness Project: or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun / Gretchen Rubin

Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

The Culture of Fear: why Americans are afraid of the wrong things / Barry Glassner

A noted sociologist examines why Americans are subject to misplaced fears, discussing the people and organizations who manipulate common perceptions and raise anxieties for their own benefit.

Jumping at Shadows: the triumph of fear and the end of the American dream / Sasha Abramsky

An analysis of Americans’ misconceptions about risks and threats and how their brains interpret them, explains society’s deeply ingrained racisms, classism, xenophobia and susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues.

Skin in the Game: hidden asymmetries in daily life / Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The phrase “skin in the game” is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it’s also an astonishingly complex worldview that, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows in this book, applies to literally all aspects of our lives. In his inimitable style, Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a jaw-dropping tapestry for understanding our world in a brand new way.

Becoming Superman: my journey from poverty to Hollywood, with stops along the way at murder, madness, mayhem, movie stars, cults, slums, sociopaths, and war crimes / J. Michael Straczynski

The acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense 8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Marvel’s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by a violent truth.

The Creative Curve: how to develop the right idea at the right time / Allen Gannett

Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field.

Imagine it Forward: courage, creativity, and the power of change / Beth Comstock, with Tahl Raz

A former vice chair of GE describes her personal journey over two decades at the top levels of the corporate world and discusses being initially ignored and treated as an outsider as a woman in a man’s world.

The Compassionate Achiever: how helping others fuels success / Christopher L. Kukk

Based on the most recent studies from a wide range of fields, The Compassionate Achiever reveals the profound benefits of practicing compassion including more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency. To help us achieve these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, shares his 4-step program for cultivating compassion.

The Hustle Economy: transforming your creativity into a career / editor by Jason Oberholtzer; illustrated by Jessica Hagy

To survive in today’s gig economy, you must be a mover, a shaker, a doer, and a maker. In The Hustle Economy, we give you 25 essays from founders, writers, producers, game makers, artists, and creative types from every path who share one common trait — they are all self-made hustlers who have managed to turn their creativity into careers.

Creative Visualization: use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life / Shakti Gawain This classic guide is filled with meditations, exercises, and techniques that can help you use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life, change negative habit patterns, improve self-esteem, reach career goals, increase prosperity, develop creativity, increase vitality, improve your health, experience deep relaxation, and much more. This book can help you to increase your personal mastery of life.

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Just In-September 2019


The Stationery Shop: a novel / Marjan Kamali

A novel set in 1953 Tehran, against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup, about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square.

Chances are…: a novel / Richard Russo

One beautiful September day, three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today–Lincoln’s a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin’ age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971. Now, forty-four years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives and that of a significant other are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery.

We are all Good People Here / Susan Rebecca White

Two roommates at Belmont College in 1962 become close friends until their growing awareness of the South’s caste system causes them to question everything and one of them veers towards radicalism.

Dutch House/ Ann Patchett

A tale set over the course of five decades traces a young man’s rise from poverty to wealth and back again as his prospects center around his family’s lavish Philadelphia estate.

Something in the Water: a novel / Catherine Steadman

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events.

The Orphan’s Song / Lauren Kate

Longing to escape from the 18th-century music orphanage where she has lived her entire life, a talented singer bonds with a gifted violinist who would find his missing mother.

Whisper Network / Chandler Baker

An adult debut by the author of the High School Horror series follows four women who speak out when their ill-reputed boss is slated to become CEO, a decision that triggers catastrophic shifts throughout every department of their company.

Inland: a novel / Téa Obreht

An unexpected relationship between a frontierswoman riding out the Arizona Territory drought of 1893 and a former outlaw, who has the ability to see ghosts, inspires an epic journey across the West.

Fleishman is in Trouble: a novel / Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Divorcing his hostile wife when he concludes he could find genuine happiness elsewhere, Dr. Toby Fleishman is astonished when his ex abruptly disappears, leaving him unable to move on without acknowledging painful truths about his marriage.

Nannies August 2019


The Help / Kathryn Stockett.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

That Kind of Mother / Rumaan Alam

Overwhelmed by new motherhood in spite of her love for her infant son, Rebecca, a white woman, asks a kind black woman, Priscilla, to become her family’s nanny, only to have her perspectives changed about her own life of privilege.

The Summer Nanny / Holly Chamberlin

Securing lucrative summer jobs caring for the children of wealthy vacationers, best friends Amy and Hayley navigate manipulative employment situations and their own moral gray areas in ways that test their bonds with their mothers and each other.

Number 11 / Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe finally provides a sequel to The Winshaw Legacy, the 1995 novel that introduced American readers to one of Britain’s most exciting new writers — an acerbic, hilariously dark, and unflinching portrait of modern society.

All the Time in the World: a novel / Caroline Angell

When a devastating accident befalls the family she nannies for, a young composer faces a choice between her promising career and the well-being of the two little boys she has come to love.

In Every Way: a novel / Nic Brown

Chapel Hill college student Maria finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Still reeling from the fresh discovery of her mother’s diagnosis with cancer, Maria’s decision to give her daughter up for adoption is one that seems to be in everyone’s best interest. So when her mother proposes an extended trip to sleepy coastal town Beaufort-the same town that the adoptive couple Maria chose for her daughter just happens to live in. She has kept close watch on the couple she chose to adopt her daughter, even accepting a position as their nanny.

The Nanny Diaries: a novel / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

A satirical glimpse into Manhattan’s upper class follows Nanny, a struggling NYU student who takes a position caring for the son of the rich X family, as she learns how to juggle various tasks so that a Park Avenue wife never has to lift a well-manicured finger.

Nanny Returns / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

A sequel to “The Nanny Diaries” finds Nan returning to New York after 10 years abroad and getting approached by a drunken 16-year-old Grayer X, who describes his parents’ brutal divorce and prompts her re-entry into child care for the elite.

Francesca’s Kitchen / Peter Pezzelli

Determined to find another family that needs her since her own children have moved away, widow Francesca Campanile becomes a nanny for a single mom named Loretta, and, working her magic in the kitchen, brings this struggling family together.

Down by the Water / Caroline Upcher

Hamptons real estate agent Hope Collins-Calder can’t manage her own life, much less those of her three children, four if you count husband No. 2. So, like many other upwardly mobile women, she enlists the services of a nanny.

The Summer Kitchen / Karen Weinreb

When Nora Banks’ husband, Evan, is arrested for a white collar crime, her privileged life renovating her 18th-century home is turned upside down. The parents and classmates at her sons’ private school shun her family. Nora’s only support comes from the family nanny, Beatrice. The two women bond to raise the boys as smoothly as possible in the midst of so many life changes while Nora starts her own business to support her family, a bakery called the Summer Kitchen. Nora comes to change her way of thinking about life, family, money, and romance.

A Gate at the Stairs / Lorrie Moore

In the Midwest just after the September 11 attacks, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin comes of age amid such challenges as racism, the War on Terror, and cruelty in the name of love, as she leaves her family’s farm to attend college and takes a part-time job as a nanny.

The Perfect Mother: a novel / Aimee Molloy

A group of new moms who all gave birth in the month of May gather twice weekly at the park to offer support and companionship before one of the babies is shatteringly abducted, subjecting his traumatized mother to invasive questions and prompting the others to go to increasingly risky lengths to help.

The Perfect Nanny: a novel / Leila Slimani

Follows the relationship between a working French-Moroccan couple and their too-good-to-be-true nanny, whose devotion to their children spirals into a psychologically charged cycle of jealousies, resentments and violence.

Woman no. 17: a novel / Edan Lepucki

Hiring a live-in nanny to attend her family’s needs while she attempts to finish writing her book, Lady begins questioning the young woman’s agenda when the latter instantly connects with the family and begins acting in suspicious ways.

The Au Pair / Emma Rous

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle. Now an adult, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine begins to go through his belongings, when she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby. Who is the child and what really happened that day? Someone knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.