Wednesday, July 31, 2013

People are Talking About...

Certain books, usually bestsellers, make it onto the front pages of newspapers and onto the evening news.  Sometimes controversial and sometimes just original, they are read and then discussed on talk shows, around kitchen tables and in online forums.                
Three recent titles falling into this category are on the new shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Cheryl Sandburg, the CEO of Facebook, confronts the truth of why women are always in the minority in leadership positions—whether at home, in the office or in government.  She encourages women to be ambitious and proactively “lean in” and make and take opportunities to get ahead.

George Packer’s new book Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America examines the United States in the last thirty years and shows the breakdown that has occurred between citizens and American institutions, including government and the work place.  His view that elected officials and industries have not contributed the well-being of Americans is a controversial and much-discussed idea.

The Supreme Court is always a hot topic.  Martha Coyle’s The Roberts Court: The Struggle for a Constitution is an inside look at the high court and how and why its members have made recent decisions.  The author, an experienced reporter, manages to analyze the court without letting her personal opinions dictate the information. 

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