We recently asked members and friends which books we should add to the library for summer. As summer becomes autumn, and our back to school mindsets kick in — these are now yours to borrow.

We're adding these in batches. If you see something you'd like to borrow, drop us an email and we can tell you if it's on the shelves or not. Many thanks to those who took time to share.

Recommended by: Lee Farrant, RPM 

The Pants of Perspective: One Woman’s 3,000 kilometre running adventure through the wilds of New Zealand by Anna McNuff

A raw, sometimes painful, and often funny account of a woman’s journey to the edge of what she believes she is capable of. Of interest if you have ever dreamt about taking on a seemingly impossible physical challenge.

 

Olivia Gold, Everyman Group 

Beneath the Lions Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

Mengiste’s debut is a gripping story about a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction – Ethiopia, on the eve of the 1974 revolution. It’s a poetic exploration of a family bond in unbelievable circumstances.

What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers

Based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese child refugee who immigrated to the United States under the “Lost Boys of Sudan” program. It’s an eye-opening account of life amid the madness of war.

The Orpheus Clock: The search for my family’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis by Simon Goodman

The true story of one man's single-minded quest to reclaim the world-class art collection, stolen from his family by the Nazis. It reveals notes from painstaking detective work, and rediscovering a legacy.

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H Balson

Boys as close as brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust. The story – written by a former trial attorney – takes place 60 years later, as one brings the other to trial for his Nazi past.

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cuxin

An account of how a Chinese peasant boy, selected to attend Madam Mao’s Peking Dance Academy, later moved to the US where he came one of the West’s best ballet dancers.

 

Matt Kemp, Scriberia

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde

A wonderfully written book that looks at the idea of “gift economies” through various lenses, including the poetry of Ezra Pound and Walt Whitman.

The Organised Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Professor Daniel J. Levitin

Somewhere between pop-science and a productivity guide, this is very readable, very interesting and highly applicable.

Getting things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

A helpful approach to productivity. First published in the 1990s, it became one of the most influential business books of its era.

Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System by Leo Babauta

A shorter, stripped back and flexible take on David Allen’s 'Getting Things Done' system.

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennet

“Intuition Pumps” are philosopher Daniel Dennet’s name for conceptual tools to help with clear thinking. It’s a good look at what “survival of the fittest” really means in the modern world.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and its Causes by Steven Pinker

A paradigm-shifting book. It’s an extensive survey of the history of human violence in all its forms, and makes a thorough case that we have reason to be very optimistic for the future of our species.

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

A well-written look at the power of the humble checklist, especially when building a business.

The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

A classic by Carl Sagan, it looks at the urgent need for science and skepticism in society, and internal life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Matter-of-fact advice for better productivity, stemming from a Covey's simplified outline of seven essential habits.

 

Paul Willoughby, Human After All

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

A truly inspirational read, free of dogma, and full of poetic aphorisms on all the big subjects in life. Gilbran was the acclaimed philosopher and founder of the religious lifestyle Taoism.

The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks 

An ode to a slower, more ancient way of life ordered by seasons and sheep herding. Part memoir and part a history of farming in the Lake District, it describes life working in the countryside – the familial claustrophobia as well as the freedom.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday

A book of daily stoic meditations, to follow over the course of a year. A powerfully uplifting book of advice by figures such as Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, and slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus.

 

Ned Mortimer, Propercorn

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it chronicles a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The Underground Railroad is not just a metaphor; it’s a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil that takes protagonist Cora on an epic journey.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

An extraordinary true story Roberts’ eight years in the Bombay underworld – from being a heroin addict, to setting up a free-health clinic, joining the mafia, spending time in an Indian jail, acting in Bollywood… and much, much more.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel prize winner and pioneering author of magical realism, Márquez tells a tale of an unrequited love. A cornerstone of Latin America literature.  

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A lifeboat is all that remains from a shipwreck. The only survivors are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra, a female orangutan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger…

 

James Trosh, Red Bull Media House UK

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire ­by Nick Bilton

A true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom – and almost got away with it. It depicts the clash of the new world of the anonymous, free-spanning Web versus the world of centralised government control and order.

 

Michael Brenner, Beyond Words Studio

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

In under eighty pages, you'll understand the most transformative scientific discoveries of the twentieth century, and what they mean for us. An introduction to modern physics that can be applied to creative thinking, and expanding the boundaries of what's possible.

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

Good for thinking about general design. Cognitive scientist Don Norman explores the psychology behind good design and why some technologies disappoint us.

Sunday Sketches by Christoph Niemann

A collection of witty illustrations and whimsical views on working creatively. The mundanity of modern life becomes charming with Niemann’s illustrative and photographic musings.

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4," African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is the hilarious host and producer of CNN’s Emmy-nominated show United Shades of America. Humour and politics intertwined, The New Yorker wrote of him: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable."

 

Simon Manchipp, SomeOne

Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

An exciting and insightful study of the metropolis of Bombay, told through the lives of hitmen, dancing girls, cops, movie stars, beggars and politicians.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

The phenomenal journey of Nike as candidly told by its founder.

How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

About the people (not pixels) behind Google. A fun primer on corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption.

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand In the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques, honed over years, that have made Pixar so widely admired―and so profitable. Not just a history, it’s a book about how Pixar continues to be brilliant.

 

Michael Tropper, forpeople 

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

A grand story of youthful idealism, and a girl who ends up working for a Wikileaks-type company that gathers in all the secrets of the world.

 

Lucy Tams, KK Outlet
Village Christmas And Other Notes On The English Year by Laurie Lee

A lyrical portrait of England through the ages; it details the sights, sounds, vistas and traditions of Lee’s childhood home in the Cotswolds. A sweet and nostalgic look at life.

 

Katie Bremner, KK Outlet

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

Written before The Handmaid’s Tale, this novel similarly grapples with notions of national and gendered identity. An unnamed protagonist, politically dispossessed, returns to her childhood home to find her father missing.

A Brief History Of New Music by Hans Ulrich Obrist

The book gathers the influential curator's interviews with some of the foremost musicians and composers of the 1950s-1990s, including interviews with Yoko Ono and Brian Eno.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks recounts stories of the most bizarre disorders he's worked on, and the enigmatic personalities behind them. The title literally references a man who couldn’t distinguish between his wife and his hat. A fascinating insight into the incredible capabilities of the mind.

 

Natalie Hart, KK Outlet

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A modern epic, about a boy who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum, as his beloved mother dies. Staggering out of the debris, he takes with him a small Dutch Golden Age painting – The Goldfinch – which serves as his hope and obsession as he descends into a world of crime. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014.

 

Anya C. Driscroll, KK Outlet

Adventures In Stationary: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case by James Ward

Fancy pencil, basic biros, and aesthetically pleasing rubbers… James Ward looks into where these things come from, and what stories they might have to tell. He answers questions including: Who is Mr Pritt of Pritt-Stick fame?

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
An 'intelligent fantasy' story – a kaleidoscopic look into an unusual woman’s life. Mitchell uses his characteristic blend of science and fiction, sense and nonsense.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris

A roundup of personal essays from the writer named by Time as 'America’s Favourite Humourist'. A laugh-out-loud funny look at his most vulnerable moments in life, that will likely cause you to cringe with recognition.

Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

Featuring the best of Ronson’s adventures (including attending a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams), this collection of essays explores both extraordinary people, and the fascinating stories that lie on fringe of our daily lives.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
A novel about our obsession with the Internet, which looks at the ins-and-outs of a fictional super-power tech company.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
It begins like this: Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. A vivid, Man Booker Prize winning novel.

The Book Of Strange New Things by Michael Farber

A story about a missionary called to leave behind his wife to take the word of God to the farthest corners of the galaxy. A mind-bending story by the writer behind Under The Skin. Read it before it comes out as an Amazon Original Series in late 2017.

 

Mayumi Beckers, KK Outlet

No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein 

Arundhati Roy described it as “an ordinary person’s guide to hope”. It articulates the restless anxiety we have towards contemporary politics and how we got to where we are. A necessary manual for constructive disobedience.

 

Maria Midttun, KK Outlet

Ripples by Wai Wai Pang

A detective story that takes advantage of the comic book medium, playing with form and interweaving different storytelling techniques.

 

Jemima Ferguson, COOK

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

An exploration into the methods and mindset that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work. It’s an inspiring collection of tools to show how to get every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity.

 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg

An insightful look and why habits exist, and how they can be changed. Duhigg shows us how certain habits have benefitted people from Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

 

Nick Fahey, MMT Digital

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami reflects on how running has effected his writing life. A philosophical look at distance running, in all its gruel and glory.

 

Dean Faulkner, YCN

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion & Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of online retailer Zappos recounts anecdotes and lessons learnt from running a business that does over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. He shows how to apply research from the science of happiness, and make company culture the no.1 priority.

 

Joe Cruz, artist and illustrator

Art & Religion in the 21st Century by Aaron Rosen

Dr. Aaron Rosen, the Lecturer in Sacred Traditions & the Arts at King’s College London, shows how religious themes and images are unavoidable in the work of contemporary artists across the globe. It looks at how artists working with spiritual and meditative ideas, are just as profound at the ‘blaspheming artists’ merely using religious imagery for its shock potential.

 

Will Hudson, It’s Nice That

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard

The founder of Patagonia Inc. reflects on his unique business, which has grand adventures and environmental protection at its centre. Includes little known stories such as how a small experiment to improve the design of an ice axe became basis of all modern axe design.

 

Ed Andrews, director and editor

Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio by Micha Glenn

The account of how an ordinary man became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel, and Brazil’s most wanted criminal. 

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Members can find all resources referenced in this story in the Lending Library at 72 Rivington Street. Email us to keep something aside. Not yet a Member? Apply here.