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January 15, 2017

On Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen:

Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on.

“It’s a wonderful memoir about the power of nature, the beauty of the wild and most importantly, the bond that can form between a man and his dogs. It’s sad, funny and heart breaking.”

-Cari Winterich, Director of Programs


On Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson:

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

“Best book on the planet.”

-Tony Klemmer, Founder & President


On Swing Time by Zadie Smith:

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

“…It is a beautiful narrative about how our childhood friends, parents, and school shape our identity and…how our identity is always evolving”

-Sarah Mehrotra, Manager, Program Operations

On When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi:

An unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

“It is a memoir about Paul’s [a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer] life, his diagnosis and his struggle to complete the book, be present for the birth of his daughter and grapple with the meaning and significance of his life and his imminent death.”

-Maia Merin, Program Director

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