How we know what we know

Happy September!  Class is now in session. This week, we’ve picked three books that were written to give us the analysis we need to make sense out of the crazy talk that seems to have enveloped our world. In her look at Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, Maryann Kerr takes us…

Books we want to read by people we want to hear from

It’s high summer. Reading is pure luxury. Like being able to eat the entire chocolate bar. Our minds are elastic. Ready to consider more of everything. We’ve picked three compelling books for you this week. Two are from Indigenous authors who give searing personal accounts of the impact of our country’s historic treatment of Indigenous people. Both of these exquisitely rendered memoirs…

Two page-turning summer reads

This week we’re bringing you two great summer reads that will have you riveted to the page. Mistakes We Run With by the brilliant Canadian author Yasuko Thanh is reviewed by Katherine Verhagen Rodis. And I take a look at Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land with a foreward by Barbara Ehrenreich. Both books are memoirs by women…

Are we there yet?

Working in the charity sector means constantly being buffeted by external events out of your control. In an effort to counter the uncertainly, many people working in the sector seek ways to improve our understanding of external and internal dynamics so we can manage them. Help is on the way! Four new books are featured this week – The Intrepid Nonprofit by…