For the past 18 years, mega-bank J.P. Morgan has published its Summer Reading List. According to J.P. Morgan, the titles it chooses are, "Inspiring and actionable...the titles tackle timely topics, from social and environmental issues to resiliency in business and life and empowering the mind." And instead of the usual 10 books, J.P. Morgan made room for one more book this summer -- a children's book.
Here then are the 11 books selected by J.P. Morgan for its 2017 Summer Reading List, along with brief descriptions of each book provided by the bank:
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Noted philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and renowned environmentalist Carl Pope team up to share insights and solutions they believe will address the impact of climate change, from how we manage our cities to how we invest.
Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction, by Derek Thompson. In the Internet age, popularity often seems attainable by anyone, even on a global scale. In Hit Makers, Derek Thompson offers an alternative explanation: Hits are rarely flukes. Instead, hits are meticulously, almost scientifically crafted to be both familiar and new.
Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Helene Cooper. As Africa's first elected female president and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has blazed a trail of equality and empowerment for women everywhere.
National Geographic: The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals, by Joel Sartore. With nearly half of the earth's animals moving toward extinction by 2100, photographer Joel Sartore set out to capture what the world could be losing. Brilliant, breathtaking photos of thousands of animals and insects set against dramatic black or white backgrounds bring the beauty and importance of the world's biodiversity to life.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams. Our modern digital world has pulled many of us away from nature's beauty and soothing silence, while we also often report feeling disconnected or down. Intrigued by stories about the world's great thinkers and their communions with nature for inspiration and insight, neuroscientist Florence Williams shows why and how a walk in the woods (or similar escape) is not only good for the heart, but also good for the mind and the soul.
One Buck at a Time: An Insider's Account of How Dollar Tree Remade American Retail, by Macon Brock and Earl Swift. For over 30 years, Dollar Tree has remained true to its name and mission, defying disbelievers while faithfully serving its loyal, budget-conscious customers. In One Buck at a Time, company co-founder Macon Brock delivers a vivid and entertaining portrait of enterprise and business acuity, from Dollar Tree's humble beginnings as a five-and-dime in Norfolk, Virginia, to the company's rise in the Fortune 500 rankings.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg wondered if she and her two children would ever recover from their deep and consuming grief. With the help of family and friends, including best-selling author, psychologist and Wharton professor Adam Grant, she learned that resilience, recovery and even joy are always within reach.
Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas, by Steven Poole. Steven Poole believes the best ideas are rarely new. Through illuminating examples, he demonstrates that innovation owes less to a flash of inspiration than a recognition and respect for ideas of the past.
Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life, by Emily Kaiser Thelin. When legendary cookbook author Paula Wolfert started experiencing early stage dementia, her lifelong passion for Mediterranean cooking became a reliable anchor to the world drifting away. Part cookbook, part biography, Unforgettable traces Wolfert's incredible life, documenting her discovery and love for a region, its culinary traditions and culture.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky. Hypatia, Edith Clarke, Lisa Meitner, Wang Shenyi. These trailblazing women of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) along with 46 others are joyfully saluted in this inspiring collection. Crisp two-page biographies of remarkable scientists across geographies and centuries are complemented by playful drawings and fun facts.
A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, by Richard Haass. Richard Haass argues that today's escalating political turmoil has been compounded by--or perhaps driven by--fissures in an old world order that prevailed over the last half century but is now ineffective. In A World in Disarray, he examines factors at play in politics and policies across the globe and documents the, need for a new world order.