The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals about Our Power to Change Others by Tali Sharot

The author describes why it is so difficult to influence or
persuade others.  It is based on neuroscience, but is simply
written for a lay audience, and gives many illustrative
examples which demonstrate what works/what doesn’t and why.
It is good food for thought as we try to convince
people to support redistricting reform (or any other issue).  
Peg M.
Promise Me, Dad by Joe BidenJoe Biden is a living, breathing example of how you can be
in politics and still be a class act…. something that has too
often been forgotten. (End of rant.) Good look at what Biden did as
vice-president, the illness that led to his son’s death,
and some of his memories from his years in the political
arena. Very readable and interesting. The only criticism I
have is that when you’re the past vice-president and writing about what you
did while in office, it’s hard not to seem egotistical.
Nancy M.
I Dissent by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hi, I am Naomi, and I am 8.  David is my Daddy. He got me
this book on Judge Ginsburg. It is a short biography of her
for kids. I didn’t think I would like it, but I did! I especially
thought the parts where they talk about her being Jewish
are cool!
Naomi F.
Gloria Steinem: My Life on the
by Gloria Steinem
Looking forward to reading this one.  Ms. Steinem is a
legend in the feminist movement.
Dave F.
The State of White America: 1960-
by Charles Murray
Murray is a libertarian and has many ideas that run counter to
prevailing thoughts. But he does have excellent narratives on the
differences between lower class upper class communities in America.
His recounting of the changes wrought by the last 50 years are noteworthy.
Barb D.
Growing Up Global; Raising
Children to Be at Home in the
by Homa Sabet Tavanger

The author was the key speaker at this year’s International Women’s
Day Celebration. Her website is, where
you can find her story of searching for sources to help her raise her children
to be comfortable in, curious about, and finally competitive in a global
society.  Having worked all over the world, Homa already knew a lot but
had not thought it out.  So, she started organizing and adding to her
knowledge.  This book is really great. Also, she grew up in Fort Wayne
as first generation American. 
Bev F.
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost Helen Frost is a local author who I’ve met through my association with
the Rally to Read.  This is about the suffragette movement from a
youthful perspective.  Good way to get the next generation informed
about LWV history on this important anniversary year (2010).
Betsy K.