Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Review, The 100 Notable Books of 2019 feature the year’s most memorable reads. The latest list include works by Lavin speakers Shoshana Zuboff, David Wallace-Wells, Margaret Atwood, George Packer, Andrew Marantz, and Karen Armstrong.
Shoshana Zuboff—The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Shoshana Zuboff’s meticulously researched book has already been shortlisted for the McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and featured in TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Reads of 2019. In it, Zuboff makes a compelling argument for how tech giants like Google and Facebook are using our personal data in dangerous, unprecedented ways.
David Wallace-Wells—The Uninhabitable Earth
Our inaction on climate change—the biggest threat humanity has ever faced—has the potential to destroy life as we know it. In The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells lays bare the work we need to do to avoid catastrophe.
Margaret Atwood—The Testaments
Iconic Canadian author Maraget Atwood returns readers to the fictional Republic of Gilead in The Testaments. The “haunting and powerful” sequel to The Handmaid's Tale earned Atwood the prestigeous Booker Prize.
George Packer—Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
Equal parts endearing and exasperating, Richard Holbrooke was an undoubtedly complex political figure. In Our Man, award-winning journalist George Packer reveals the “warts and all” picture of an idealistic America Diplomat driven by ruthless gumption.
Andrew Marantz—Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of American Conversation
When tech entrepreneurs first created social media, they envisioned a utopian world of connection and community. The reality of what transpired is much darker. In Antisocial, Andrew Marantz explores the dark underbelly of the Internet today to reveal what went wrong—and what we can do about it.
Karen Armstrong—The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts
A provocative religious thinker, Karen Armstrong has authored more than 20 texts on faith and the world’s major religions, including the New York Times bestselling History of God. In her new book The Lost Art of Scripture, Armstrong makes the case that, “if approached in a flexible and evolving way,” the old word of the scriptures can very well help us solve our current problems.
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