books | January 23, 2019

Want to Read More This Year? Check Out What Lavin Speakers are Publishing in 2019

Want to read more this year? Start with these upcoming books by Lavin speakers—from Angie Thomas’ highly anticipated follow-up to #1 New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give to the final installment of Jared Diamond’s sweeping trilogy on what makes nations thrive, which the Times called “one of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation.”  

In his new book Upheaval (May 2019), Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jared Diamond asks—and answers—what makes some nations more resilient than others?


George Packer, award-winning journalist and author of The Unwinding, tells the extraordinary true story of a brilliant and self-absorbed politician in Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (May 2019.)


In her highly anticipated follow up to The Hate U Give, Angie ThomasOn the Come Up (Feb 2019) is about what it means to be young and black in America, when freedom of speech isn’t always free.


In The Privileged Poor, Harvard professor Anthony Jack (Feb 2019) reveals how—and why—disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and what schools can do differently so these students can thrive.


Ageism is the last socially acceptable “ism”—until now. Ashton Applewhite’s groundbreaking ageism manifesto This Chair Rocks was so popular it’s being re-released in hardcover (March 2019.)


Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki proves in The War for Kindness that empathy is not a fixed trait—something you’re either born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through practice and effort.


Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, until a conversation on Twitter showed her another life was possible. She escaped her home, family and faith and now Reese Witherspoon is set to produce a film based on her memoir This Above All (Oct 2019).


Our culture is obsessed with hustling—working faster and harder, even though we know this goes against our creative wellbeing. Rahaf Harfoush’s Hustle and Float (Feb 2019) reveals a more humane, sustainable and creative style of working and living.


Legendary cultural critic and bestselling author Chuck Klosterman is releasing his first book of fictional non-fiction—“stories so true they had to be wrapped in fiction for your protection.” Titled Raised in Captivity, the book comes out July 2019.  


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