1. Grace Dent, How to Leave Twitter: Grace Dent is a really funny lady and her book is the perfect airplane read. She might have a problem with Twiter; in fact, she might be leaving. Read this only if you are a Tweeter, and if you like laughing.
Twitter is full of sharp, opinionated women. Or, as men tend to call us, 'sassy.' To my mind, Twitter gave me and large swathes of women a space to talk, interact and represent ourselves on a level we're not generally afforded.
2. Paul Rogat Loeb, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times: This book is baggy, but ultimately inspiring. Loeb talks about the power of the individual. It inspired me, and my students, to get involved in our communities.
New information -- the percentage of people out of work or children in poverty, the numbers behind America's record health care costs, the annual planetary increases in greenhouse gases -- can help us comprehend the magnitude or our shared problems and develop appropriate responses. But information along can't provide the organic connection that binds one person to another.
Title: How to Leave Twitter: My Life as Queen of the UniverseAuthor: Grace Dent
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Genre: Humor, Nonfiction
Where I got it: On my Ipad
Challenges: None, again
Title: Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging TimesAuthor: Paul Rogat Loeb
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Inspirational?, Nonfiction
Where I got it: From work