Books allow us to learn and grow.  It's critical to continue to stay positive and relevant.  These books can help.

Some of these books, and others that aren't listed here are part of the library and can be lent to members.  Ask us how to do that.

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Here is the 2018 Reading List (Subject to change.  Always check the calender for the most up to date information.)

January - The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

February - The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

March – Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

April – Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

May – TBD

June – Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.

July – HA! The Science of When We Laugh and Why by Scott Weems

August – Yes, and: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from The Second City  by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton

September – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

October - Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters by John Bielenberg


Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin E.P. Seligman 

Encore Careers by Marcie Alboher

For Job Seekers

Type Talk at Work: How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job  by Otto Kroeger with Janet M. Thuesen and Hile Rutlege

Knock 'em Dead: Social Networking for Job Search and Professional Services by Martin Yate

*What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles

Interviewing Skills

How to Prepare for a Job Interview: The 25-Minute Routine That Can Make a Big Difference [Infographic] by Kayla Kozan 

Three New Job Interview Techniques, Trends, and Twists – Good, Bad, and Indifferent

Inspirational do-over stories

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories Hardcover by Marina Keegan  (Author), Anne Fadiman (Introduction)

Chickens in the Road by Suzanne McMinn

Woodswoman Living Alone in Adirondack Wilderness by Anne LeBastille 

What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas

Peace from Broken Pieces: How to get through what you're going through by Iyanla Vanzant

Specifically for those considering a do-over

Make Change Work for You by Scott Steinberg

Zero to One: Notes on Start-Ups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters - Some quotes from the book:  "The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation and the result is something fresh and strange."  "Today's best practices lead to dead ends and best paths are new and untried."  "Successful people find value in unexpected places."  "Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even greater supply."

Quitter: Closing the Gap between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job and Start: Punch Fear in the Face. Escape Average. Do Work that Matters - both by Jon Acuff

The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People by Carol Eikleberry, Ph.D.

*Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff

*The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life by Marci Alboher

Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community and the Good Life by Chris Farrell

Business Books

Works Well with Others: An Outsiders Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business that No One Ever Teaches You by Ross McCammon

Listful Thinking: Using lists to be more productive, highly successful and less stressed by Paula Rizzo

The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob BUrg and John David Mann

Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong by Alina Tuge

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, How We Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol Dweck

The Rebel Rules by Chip Conley

Marketing that Matters by Chip Conley

Small Giants:  Companies that Chose to be Great instead of Big by Bo Burlingham

Success through Stillness by Russell Simmons

Conscious Capitalism by John Mackay

Zen and the Art of Management by Richard Tanner Pascal

Failure to Hire by Liz Ryan

Managing Yourself for the Career You Want by Herminia Ibarra

The Right Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee

Manage Your Work.  Manage Your Life by Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams

How Successful People Grow, How Successful People Think and How Successful People Lead by John C. Marshall

Seven Choices for Success and Significance by Dr. Nido Qubein

For Entrepreneurs

The Power of Broke by Daymon Johns

Your Dream Map by John Maxwell

The Art of the Start:  The Time Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawaski

The $100 StartUp:  Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

The Pumpkin Plan:  A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Current Trends

Living an Inspired Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala, Ph.D.

Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person by Sonda Rhimes

The Road to Courage by David Brooks - A highlight - "Brooks says there are two sides of our nature, Adam 1 and Adam 2. Adam 1 is stuffed with “resumé virtues” (as in curriculum vitae). Adam 1 wants to build, create, produce, win and appear high status. Adam 2 has the “eulogy virtues” – the warm remarks said over our coffin that enable a person to “do good and be good”. Adam 2 knows that “in order to fulfil yourself, you have to forget yourself. In order to find yourself, you have to lose yourself. The two Adams are always in conflict."

Beyond Willpower: From Stress to Success in 40 days. The Secret Principle to Achieving Success in Life, Love and Happiness by Alexander Loyd, PhD., N.D.

Be Quiet, Be Heard:  The Paradox of Persuasion by Susan R Glaser, Ph.D. and Peter A. Glaser, Ph.D.

DO the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately by Daniel Lubetzky

*Ditch the Pitch: The Art of Improvised Persuasion by Steve Yastrow

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Fully Alive by Timothy Shriver

Shyness and Society: The Illusions of Competence by Susie Scott

Connected:  The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD and James Fowler, PhD

What if…A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure by Shirley McLaine

Your Life Calling:  Reimaging the Rest of Your Life by Jane Pauley

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goldman

Love, Skip, Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Your Life by Shelene Bryant

It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over by Margo Thomas  

SNAP: Making the most out of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma by Paul Wood

Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

On Failure

*fail fail again fail better: wise advice for leaning into the unknown by Pema Chodron

*Very Good Lives: The fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination by J.K. Rowling

The Power of Failure: Succeeding in the Age of Innovation by Fran Tarkenton

*Daring Greatly and *Rising Strong, both by Brene Brown

FLAWd: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others and the Things that Make you Who You Are by Emily Anne Rigal

About Relationships

The power of kindness: The unexpected benefits of leading a compassionate life by Piero Ferrucci

The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage by Rob and Kristen Bell

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

On Gratitude

*Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

*A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

For the Clearly Creative

Take a Big Leap: Conquer your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks (2010) 

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
by Austin Kleon (2012)

The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown  -  Unlock the Power to Think Differently

Unfolding Your Life Vision – Portable Vision Boards by Jennifer Lee

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau


Funny Business by Bill Connolly

*Ditch the Pitch by Steve Yastrow

*Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from The Second City by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton

Dying and Death

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese

The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszcznski


The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We've Only Dreamed Of by John Eldredge

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer, Ph. D.

Small Victories by Annie LaMott

*The Alchemist by Paula Coehlo

Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

Featured in 2017

January – Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

February – The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris

March – Make Way for Women: Men and Women Leading Together Improve Culture and Profits by John Keyser

April – Saving Your Future by Michael Rayford

May – Big Magic: Living Beyond Fear by Liz Gilbert

June –  No Book
July – No Book
August – No Book

September – Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

October – How to be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

November – The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse

December - No Book

Featured in 2016

January  - *Do Over by Jon Acuff

February – *A Curious Mind by Brian Glazer

March - Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P Frankel, Ph.D.

April – The Future of Work: Attracte New Talent, Build Beter Leaders and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan

May - Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazi

June -  Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger PhD

July - Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn

August - Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble. The Revolution. by Brene Brown

September - Love, Skip, Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Your Life by Shelene Bryant

October - Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

November - The Desire Map: Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

There was NO BOOK in December.

Featured in 2015

December - *Desire Map: Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

November - *Effective Apology: Mending Fences, Building Bridges and Restoring Trust by John Kador

October - *Overwhelmed:  How to Work, Love and Play When No One has the Time by Brigid Schulte

September - *Crazy is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags by Linda Rottenberg  -

August - *Dream Year: How to Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love by Ben Arment 

July - *The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude by Jeffrey Gittomer

June - *BRAND YOU 50 by Tom Peters

May - *Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for you Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, *Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath and *How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead.  

April – *Quiet: The Power of an Introvert in a World that Won't Stop Talking by Susan CainWith guest facilitator, Jerre Henriksen, Instructor/Faciitator, Lifelong Learning Institute, Waubonsee Community College 

March - *The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

February *Thrive: The Third Metric for for Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder, by Arianna Huffington  -

January - *Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy.  With guest facilitator, Vickie Austin, Founder of Choices Worldwide

Featured in 2014

December - Living a Life that Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscious and Success by Harold S. Kushner

November - Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love and Parent by Bree Brown Ph.D., LMSW

October - *Outliers:  The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

September - *The Desire Map:  Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

August - *Give and Take: A Revolutionary Guide to Success by Adam Grant

July - *HA!  The Science of When We Laugh and Why by Scott Weems

June - *The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

May - *Play:  How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and Invigorates the soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.

April - *Remote:  Office Not Required by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

March - *Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising insights into how you think by Stephen M. Kosslyn

February - *David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

January - *To Sell is Human by Dan Pink

December 2013 - *The Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think you're suppose to me and embrace who you are by Brene Brown