LJDC Book Recommendation – Nov 21

This Month’s Book Recommendation by Paula McCormack, VP DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS:  How To Discuss What Matters Mostby Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila HeenPenguin Books; Illustrated edition (November 2, 2010) 352 pages  In all of our personal and professional lives, “sticky” situations abound. By that, I mean any time two or more people have an overt or […]

LJDC Monthly Book Recommendations – October ’21

This Month’s Book Reviews by Marcia Bookstein War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaningby Chris HedgesAnchor; Reprint edition (June 10, 2003) 224 Pages The end of the Afghanistan war made me think of Chris Hedges’ book, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.  In the Wikipedia article about him it says that the New […]

LJDC Book Recommendations – September

This Month’s Book Recommendation by Paula McCormack, VP The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religionby Jonathan Haidt‎ Vintage; Illustrated edition (February 12, 2013) 528 Pages “Politics and religion are both expressions of our underlying moral psychology, and an understanding of that psychology can help to bring people together.” (Haidt) Jonathan Haidt […]

LJDC Book Recommendation – August

This Month’s Book Recommendation by Paula McCormack, VP After The Fallby Ben RhodesRandom House (June 1, 2021)384 Pages Dear fellow members,I absolutely LOVED this book! For those of us who have been struggling to comprehend what is happening in America, Ben Rhodes offers a deeply personal, insightful analysis of the forces  which have impacted the political […]

LJDC Book Recommendations – July

This Month’s Book Recommendation by Paula McCormack, VP High Conflictby Amanda RipleySimon & Schuster (April 6, 2021) 368 pages Many of us are feeling bewildered and powerless by the extreme polarization which has gripped our nation’s citizens as political differences have intensified. We ask, “How can they THINK like that?!” as we form tribes of “reds” […]

LJDC Book Recommendation – June

This Month’s Book Recommendation by Paula McCormack, VP BLINDSPOT,  Hidden Biases of Good Peopleby Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. GreenwaldBantam; Reprint edition (August 16, 2016) 272 pages  Part of the extreme polarization that we Americans are experiencing today comes from unconscious biases, stereotypes and misperceptions. In BLINDSPOT, the authors refer to what they call “mindbugs”, […]

This Month’s Book Recommendations – May 2021

This Month’s Book Recommendations 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everythingby Mark Z. JacobsonCambridge University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1920) 450 pagesNumerous laws – including the Green New Deal – have been proposed or passed in cities, states, and countries to transition from fossil fuels to 100% clean, renewable energy in order to […]

LJDC Book Recommendation -4/21

Ten Lessons For A Post-Pandemic Worldby Fareed ZakariaW. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 6, 2020) 320 Pages Fareed Zakaria, noted columnist, author and CNN host, has applied his considerable intellect to examining the “emerging post-pandemic world”. His ability to formulate a perspective that is both abstract and practical is brilliant, and his work is […]

LJDC Book Recommendations – 3/21

This Month’s Book Recommendations Parable of the Sowerby Octavia E. ButlerGrand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 30, 2019) 368 pagesWhen global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see […]

LJDC Book Recommendation – 2/21

This Month’s Book Recommendations Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economistby Kate RaworthChelsea Green Publishing (March 22, 2017) 320 PagesEconomics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that […]