M7 Book List 2021
Updated: 2 days ago
What are your goals for self-learning this year?
In 2020, I got through 19 books (not bad for having two rugrats around) - a mix of current trends, women and gender parity issues and some classic Italian literature. Living in Italy, I try to alternate between English and Italian language books to continuously train the brain.
We are now almost one week into 2021, and the first book... is in the books!
Sono Contrario alle Emozioni by Diego De Silva -- LINK
Classic Italian modern literature from a Napoletano writer, it is filled with nostalgia for Italian pop culture. The Italian language is pure poetry, and no matter the author's attempts to be comical, the novel captures the daily struggle with emotions embedded in the Italian mentality, reinforced through their language.
2. Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler -- LINK
Although slightly outdated now, the book highlights some key elements of the social impact culture between business and building a better world through the DIY Innovator. Curiosity, fear, wealth and significance are the motivators of innovation.
3. Forza Ragazze, Al Lavoro! by Paola Corna Pellegrini -- LINK
This book (in Italian) tells the grim story of gender parity in Italy through the work of Valeria Solesin, the young Italian girl tragically killed in the attack on Bataclan in Paris in 2015, and the prize set up in her name for university students to continue her work on gender equality. I "met" Paola Pellegrini (virtually) through our contribution to the W20 agenda on gender equality for the G20 Summit and Inclusione Donna.
4. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness by Thaler and Sunstein -- LINK
An interesting book (from 2007-2008) about using the process of choice architecture to gently nudge humans in a better direction. While mostly focused on the U.S. economic and healthcare system, it explains our rationale behind choices that have a great impact on our wellbeing, the wellbeing of our society and our planet. I think my favorite nudge is the "Civility Check" and the technology to block angry emails from being sent.
5. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris -- LINK
The story of Kamala Harris is a true American story: daughter of two immigrants who was able to have amazing opportunities and thrive. It was also a transparent look into the work of policy makers both at state and national level. However, I found some of the storytelling to be a bit dramatic when it came to dealing with the Republican party. It is also a further stereotype of Democrats being the moral compass for the country. It would have been interesting to see her struggles as a woman in a position of power and how she defines female leadership.