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    • Hmmm, this is really hard because I read a lot of great books. I was going to say Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, which Bill Gates says is his favorite book of all time, but it came out in Feb 2018.

      My choices are influenced by two things: I go for nonfiction and I'm interested most in the things that help us build Cake. One of the books that really got my attention was Twitter and Tear Gas, which looks at how protest is fueled and crushed by Twitter, and the Internet in general. Maybe it's on my mind because I just got back from March For Our Lives.

    • That sounds incredible, Chris. Maybe I should read it: I have noticed a bit firsthand about how protests are oddly reflected during/after the fact on Twitter and internet media...there's probably an interesting life-cycle there.

    • Your question got me interested in best book lists and I noticed Celeste Headlee's book, We Need To Talk, on some lists. She had given quite the TED talk that stuck with me and received lots of comments & views.

      So I listened to the audio version of her book yesterday. The YouTube comments that got voted up didn't mention the parts that happened to capture me. One is she tackled the problem of what do you do when you run into someone whose point of view is so opposite yours and repugnant to you, you feel you have nothing in common? One important thing is to be curious. Draw them out to understand how they came to believe what they believe. And show respect. What if you were born into their circumstances? You might believe what they believe too.

    • That sounds interesting -- just heard a talk the other day about curiosity as a kind of humility, and the beginning of learning :) I just finished listening to a more specific book on hard conversations: Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race, which was very valuable and clear. I have been listening to a lot of non-fiction lately though, so I might need to go listen to a novel and exercise that dreamier part of my brain!

    • Favorite book of 2017 for me is Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. It's the height of world focused fantasy.

    • not sure if i read this late last year or early this year but The French Art of War by  Alexis Jenni

      not my normal read but i really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it

      another was The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi-Wu

      I think the reason they both interested me so much was they are both written from such a different perspective then my own.