GB Book Reviews

By: Emily Thompson

Looking for a good book to read to stay engaged while you’re home? No problem. We’ve reviewed these five books to help keep your mind entertained and working.

“Educated” by Tara Westover

Tara Westover is the youngest of seven children raised by survivalists in rural Idaho. Isolated from mainstream society, her family eschewed modern medicine and homeschooled haphazardly. Westover taught herself math and grammar as a teen, gaining acceptance to Brigham Young University, then Harvard and Cambridge. “Educated” follows Westover’s journey to unlearn her upbringing and learn to see the world from her own perspective.

“Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein

In an increasingly automated world, critical thinking and creative problem solving are more valuable than specialized, siloed knowledge. The ability to develop strategic insights by crossing domains is often the result of a nonlinear career with jobs in multiple industries. The generalist’s path to long-term success may actually be the least efficient one, full of exploration and reinvention.

“A Fire Sparkling” by Julianne MacLean

A multigenerational story of one woman’s search to understand her present by investigating her family’s past. In her old family home, Gillian Gibbons finds a photograph of her grandmother embracing a Nazi soldier. The discovery leads to an epic journey through World War II England and her grandmother Vivian’s struggle to survive and protect the ones she loves.

“The Body: A Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson

The award-winning author of “A Short History of Nearly Everything” makes learning about the human body entertaining, approachable and awe-inspiring. Gain an appreciation for the body you inhabit but probably take for granted. Funny stories and biological facts cover everything from your body’s ability to heal itself to your neurological makeup.

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who finds herself in need of a therapist after a personal loss. Gottlieb is a “New York Times” bestselling author, psychotherapist and national advice columnist. She shares her hilarious and insightful perspective on the human condition and personal growth through her own story as well as the stories of four of her patients.

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