Sunday, November 28, 2010

What Do Good Books Did You Read in 2010?

Each year I post a list of my favorite Have Fun Do Good Books for the year (even if they weren't actually published in that year).  As I'm beginning to draft my list for 2010, I would love to know what do good books you read and loved in 2010.

I'm always looking for good book suggestions, plus, I have to pick the next book for my "social changey" book club to read in December, and am looking for ideas.  I've listed some of the books I'm considering below (I haven't read them yet). Please let me know if you'd recommend any of them for my book club.

  1. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
  2. Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and Your World by Ed and Deb Shapiro
  3. Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow
  4. Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus
  5. The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change by Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith
  6. The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle
  7. Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought by James Workman
  8. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
  9. The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine
  10. The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Talking and Start Giving Back by Kevin and Hannah Salwen
  11. Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson
  12. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America  by Paul Tough
  13. What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman
  14. Work Hard.  Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America by Jay Matthews

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      1. A Million Miles in One Thousand Years by Donald Miller.

        What makes a good story and how to incorporate it into your life. Are you creating inciting moments in your life?

        Donald's tells his story of discovering his own story and how it made it better.

      2. Nancy Quinn4:33 PM

        Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth 2E by David Korten of YES! Magazine

      3. Thanks for these suggestions, Kim and Nancy!

      4. I highly recommend Heart of Dryness! The author, James Workman, artfully weaves anthropology, natural history, conservation and global politics into a compelling narrative. Another beautiful and compelling book about doing good: Tattoos on the Heart, by Father Greg Boyle, who has worked with gang members in L.A. for the past 20 years, and started Homeboy Industries. Inspiring man who has led an incredible life.

      5. "Tattoos on the Heart" by Fr. Gregory Boyle. About his organization Homeboy Industries that provides jobs for men and woman trying to escape the gang life in Los Angeles. Have your tissues handy!

      6. Hi Kim and Margaret,

        Is it just a coincidence that you both recommended Tattoos on the Heart, or do you know each other? Either way, I'll have to check it out.


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