Arianna Huffington's favorite books

  • Brotopia

    Brotopia

    Emily Chang
    Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
    Business & Economics

    Instant National Bestseller "Excellent." --San Francisco Chronicle "Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next." --New York Times Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman. For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties. In this powerful exposé, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil! Connect the World!)--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back. Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they "won't lower their standards" just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer--who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman--reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women. Silicon Valley's aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It's time to break up the boys' club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

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    A must must must read!!

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  • AI Superpowers

    AI Superpowers

    Kai-Fu Lee
    China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
    Business & Economics

    Introduction -- China's Sputnik moment -- Copycats in the Coliseum -- China's alternate Internet universe -- A tale of two countries -- The four waves of AI -- Utopia, dystopia, and the real AI crisis -- The wisdom of cancer -- A blueprint for human co-existence with AI -- Our global AI story

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    It\'s one of those books you begin reading and instantly feel that everybody should know about it.

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  • Well

    Well

    Sandro Galea
    What We Need to Talk about when We Talk about Health
    Medical

    "In a stirring and radical new treatise from one of America's most respected voices in health and medicine, Well examines the subtle factors that determine who gets to be healthy in the United States. Physician Sandro Galea reckons with our country's many fraught relationships--with history, money, pain, and pleasure, which are in turn augmented by factors like luck, compassion, and values--in terms of how they determine the health of those in the world's richest country. Well represents a radical new approach to Americans' ingrained understanding of health. It examines the forces that are not typically part of the health discussion--but should be--and is a clarion call for where the country goes from here"--

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    a must-read for anyone interested in building a healthier world!

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  • Sleep in Art

    Sleep in Art

    Meir Kryger
    How Artists Portrayed Sleep and Dreams in the Last 7000 Years

    This book combines two of my favorite things - art and sleep. Together, with gorgeous images, we also learn why artists from Rubens to Picasso to Matisse to Hockney painted people sleeping in their dreams. And along the way, we also dive deep into the mysteries and science of sleep. This is a transporting journey into the creation of images of something we all cherish: SLEEP. - Arianna Huffington, author of Sleep Revolution. **** A dazzling visual record of our view of our nocturnal lives through the ages. - Professor Guy Leschnizer, author of The Nocturnal Brain. **** Sleep which takes up so much of our lives has a deep, fascinating, and relatively unexplored history in art. Art history is important as it relates to every part of human history. Sleep has significance for virtually every culture in every era of history. This book is an intersection between art and science. It contains over 300 full-color images by some of the world's greatest artists. Sleep is deeply personal. Like good art, the topic hits people at the core. The reader will enjoy relating it to sleep science and the history of sleep science as well. Sleep can be emblematic of health, rest, sex, spirituality, sloth, dreams, the subconscious, the private, and the public.

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    This book combines two of my favorite things -- art and sleep!

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  • Principles

    Principles

    Ray Dalio
    Business & Economics

    #1 New York Times Bestseller “Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” —The New York Times Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals. In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. Dalio himself has been named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.” It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio—who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood—that he believes are the reason behind his success. In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve. Here, from a man who has been called both “the Steve Jobs of investing” and “the philosopher king of the financial universe” (CIO magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press.

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    Beautifully written and filled with such wisdom

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  • Lessons

    Lessons

    Gisele Bündchen
    My Path to a Meaningful Life
    Biography & Autobiography

    The instant New York Times bestseller Supermodel and philanthropist Gisele Bündchen shares personal stories, insights, and photos to explore lessons that have helped shape her life. Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, growing up with five sisters, playing volleyball, and rescuing the dogs and cats around her hometown. In fact, she wanted to become either a professional volley player or a veterinarian. But at the age of 14, fate suddenly intervened in in the form of a modeling scout, who spotted her in São Paulo. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's memorably rain-soaked London runway show in the spring 1998 launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, and put an end to the "heroin chic" era of fashion. Since then, Gisele has appeared in almost 400 ad campaigns and on over 1200 magazine covers. She has walked in more than 470 fashion shows for the most influential brands in the world. Gisele has become an icon, leaving a lasting mark on the fashion industry. But until now, few people have gotten to know the real Gisele, a woman whose private life stands in dramatic contrast to her public image. In Lessons, she reveals for the first time who she really is and what she's learned over the past 37 years to help her live a meaningful life--a journey that takes readers from a childhood spent barefoot in small-town Brazil, to an internationally successful career, motherhood and marriage to quarterback Tom Brady. A work of great openness and vulnerability, Lessons reveals the inner life of a very public woman.

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    I\'m loving. Authentic and inspiring just like her!

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  • What to Do When I'm Gone

    What to Do When I'm Gone

    Suzy Hopkins
    A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    A mother's advice to her daughter--a guide to daily living, both practical and sublime--with full-color illustrations throughout. One sleepless night while she was in her early twenties, illustrator/writer Hallie Bateman had a painful realization: her mom would die, and after she died she would be gone. The prospect was devastating, and also scary--how would she navigate the world without the person who gave her life? She thought about all the motherly advice she would miss--advice that could help her through the challenges to come, including the ordeal of losing a parent. The next day, Hallie asked her mother, writer Suzy Hopkins, to record step-by-step instructions for her to follow in the event of her mom's death. The list began: "Pour yourself a stiff glass of whiskey and make some fajitas" and continued from there, walking Hallie through the days, months, and years of life after loss, with motherly guidance and support, addressing issues great and small--from choosing a life partner to baking a quiche. The project became a way for mother and daughter to connect with humor, openness, and gratitude. It led to this book. Combining Suzy's wit and heartfelt advice with Hallie's quirky and colorful style, What to Do When I'm Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one's mom. It's also a poignant look at loss, love, and taking things one moment at a time. By turns whimsical, funny, touching, and above all pragmatic, it will leave readers laughing and teary-eyed. And it will spur conversations that enrich family members' understanding of one another.

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    how a mother\'s love endures even after she\'s gone

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  • 24/6

    24/6

    Tiffany Shlain
    The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
    Self-Help

    In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul. Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.” Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back. A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

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    love her new book about the power of unplugging one day a week.

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  • The War for Kindness

    The War for Kindness

    Jamil Zaki
    Building Empathy in a Fractured World
    Psychology

    A Stanford psychologist offers a bold new understanding of empathy, and shows how we can expand our circle of care, even in these divisive times Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren't like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an "empathy deficit." Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse. It doesn't have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait--something we're born with or not--but rather a skill that we can all strengthen through effort. Drawing on both classic and cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, Zaki shows how we can harness this new mindset to overcome toxic cultural divisions. He also tells the stories of people who are living these principles--fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances. We meet a former neo-Nazi who is now helping extract people from hate groups, ex-prisoners discussing novels with the judge who sentenced them, Washington police officers changing their culture to decrease violence among their ranks, and NICU nurses fine-tuning their empathy so that they don't succumb to burnout. Written with clarity and passion, The War for Kindness is an inspiring call to action. The future may depend on whether we accept the challenge.

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    shows that empathy isn\'t a fixed trait—it\'s something we can, and must, develop and nurture.

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  • Tiny Habits

    I\'m going to call it the best book of 2020 (so far).

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  • Gay Like Me

    Gay Like Me

    Richie Jackson
    A Father Writes to His Son
    Fathers and sons

    "When Richie Jackson's son born through surrogacy comes out to him at the age of 18, Richie - now in his 50s, a successful producer and happily married - feels compelled to write him a letter. Gay Like Me is both a celebration of gay identity and a sorrowful warning. Jackson talks of his own progress and growth as a gay man coming of age through decades of political and cultural change. We've come a long way, he argues: discrimination is now outlawed in most states, gay men and women can marry, and there are drugs available to protect against AIDS. His son is going to be living in a newly liberated America. However, he also argues that nothing can be taken for granted. Bigotry and hatred still exist, nurtured by a President who draws votes and support by stirring up fear of The Other, and excluding minorities and anyone who can be labelled 'an outsider'. A newly constituted Supreme Court could revoke laws and turn the clock back. The gay identity can be worn with pride, but gay citizens needs always to be aware that their gains are fragile. Like Between the World and Me, this is a response to our times, and will strike a powerful chord with anyone who cares about human rights and the importance of tolerance and social progress. Angry, proud, moved, tender, this is also a powerful letter of love from a father to a son, relevant to everyone"--

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    I loved every page. Powerful, moving and inspiring!

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  • Wake Up to the Joy of You

    Wake Up to the Joy of You

    Agapi Stassinopoulos
    52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life
    Self-Help

    "Stories, wisdom, and meditations to help you through 52 common issues and become your happiest self"--

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    Yes, I\'m biased--but it\'s a great book!

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  • Savage News

    Savage News

    Jessica Yellin
    Fiction

    "If The Devil Wears Prada and Broadcast News had a love child, it would be this hilarious satire of the Washington circus." --Arianna Huffington Be noisy, her father always told her. So Natalie Savage grew up heeding his advice and focused her ambition on her reporting career rather than her personal life. Now her efforts are paying off. She has been offered the title of White House correspondent for her network. The only thing is that the position is temporary--a test to see if she has what it takes. She knows she has the grit, the principles, the news sense to succeed...except her competition is a twenty-six-year-old popular frat boy who got his big break by eating raw animal parts on a reality show. Of course, he's winning. Natalie has to navigate ratings wars, workplace sexual harassment and an international political crisis in order to prove herself. But the closer she gets to achieving her dream, the more she wonders if it's worth all the compromise. Funny, smart and timely, this juicy debut about reporting while female tackles fake news, the #MeToo movement and the fraught dance between reporting the news and the White House. Natalie Savage joins the ranks of favorite fictional heroines as she figures out that having it all doesn't have to mean giving up everything she stands for.

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    great new book — and debut novel

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  • Parents Who Lead

    encourages parents to forge better lives not only for our children, but also for ourselves.

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  • Leading Without Authority

    introduces a new system for remote leadership with the introduction of what he calls Co-elevation.

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  • Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Margaret Wise Brown
    Juvenile Fiction

    In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight. One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

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    We need an adult version of Goodnight Moon!

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  • Aware

    Aware

    Dr. Daniel Siegel M.D.

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    Loving [the] Wheel of Awareness meditation practice, outlined in his new book

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