What we're reading

We like a good book. We bet you do, too. Here are some of the recent reads League staff members couldn't put down.

Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations
Joanne Lipman, Melanie Kupchynsky

If you're lucky, somewhere in your past is that one person who changed your life forever. The one who pushed you to dream bigger and to reach higher, and who set you straight on what matters in life. Perhaps it was a coach, or a professor...

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The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?
Seth Godin

Jim Holt, manager of member engagement at the League, says: "Seth is really known to most people as a kind of marketing-guru, but this book isn’t really about marketing, it’s about being brave enough to be an artist (whatever your art may be)."

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Yours for the Asking: An Indispensable Guide to Fundraising and Management

Reynold Levy

Most of us, when placed in a position to ask for a contribution—even for a very worthy cause—are uncomfortable doing so. But Americans give habitually to organizations and causes they care about...

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

Polly Kahn, vice president of learning & leadership development, says: "I was dazzled by Katherine Boo’s Beyond the Beautiful Forevers, building on the seminal works of families in poverty by Oscar Lewis in the ’60s and Jonathan Kozol over the past decades."

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Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven
John Eliot Gardiner

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate?

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami

Devin Segal, membership and development coordinator, says: "It's a great story about a seemingly average guy in Tokyo whose cat goes missing, which sparks a very surreal chain of events and he has to figure out the meaning of all of it."

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