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Olivia Wilde is an Irish and American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley. In 2019, she directed her first film, the teen comedy Booksmart, to critical acclaim.
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A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
by Megan Phelps-Roper (Oct 07, 2019)
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Tags: nonfictionbiography-and-memoirspirituality-and-religion
The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in AmericaAt the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her exten...
Olivia Wilde
Dec 16, 2019
Cannot even begin to recommend this enough. If you don't know Megan's story, this will blow your mind. Even if you do already know about her profound capacity for love and courage and humility, this is well worth a read. Read it and then buy it for everyone since you know you haven't even started holiday gift shopping. It should honestly be required reading as we head into an election year. So moving. So good.     source
The Dreamers
A Novel
by Karen Thompson Walker (Nov 04, 2019)
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Tags: fictionscience-fiction
In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleepand doesnt wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep...
Olivia Wilde
Feb 20, 2019
Loving this one     source
Educated
A Memoir
by Tara Westover (Feb 19, 2018)
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Tags: nonfictionbiography-and-memoireducationspirituality-and-religionadult
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
Olivia Wilde
Feb 09, 2019
Sat down in my plane seat, didn't feel take-off, 6 hours of flying, or landing. Unreal. Thank you, Tara Westover. Consider me educated.     source
How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan (May 13, 2019)
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Tags: nonfictionsciencepsychologyhealth-wellbeingphilosophy
New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how L...
Olivia Wilde
Nov 01, 2018
I love what he did for the food revolution, but he’s also just an incredible investigative thinker, It’s an interesting discussion on how we view mental health and hallucinogenic drugs and the kind of ancient connection between those two things.     source
Outside the Wire
Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage
by Jason Kander (Aug 06, 2018)
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Tags: nonfictionpoliticsbiography-and-memoir
A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party.Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander was the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. Today, he is the founder and president of Let America Vote and a bold new voice ...
Olivia Wilde
Aug 11, 2018
Nothing easier or more calming than reading a good book.     source
The Power
by Naomi Alderman (Jan 07, 2019)
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In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastati...
Olivia Wilde
Jan 23, 2018
Believe the hype     source
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Mama Tried
Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting
by Emily Flake (Oct 05, 2015)
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Tags: parentingnonfictionbiography-and-memoirhumor-and-comedy
New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. For most people, having a child doesn't go exactly as planned. Not many are willing to admit that not only did they dislike the early days of parenting, they sometimes hated it. MAMA TRI...
Olivia Wilde
Dec 27, 2017
Holy Shit, this book is hilarious(and honestly, necessary). What to expect can go blow itself. Buy this for any breeders in your life.     source
No Is Not Enough
Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
by Naomi Klein (Jun 12, 2017)
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Tags: nonfictionpoliticsmoney-and-financehistory
New York Times BestsellerNational Book Award LonglistPublishers Weekly Best Books of 2017This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And its a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script ...
Olivia Wilde
Sep 08, 2017
Thank you for writing this inspiring kick in the ass, Naomi Klein.     source
Radical Hope
Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
by Carolina De Robertis (May 01, 2017)
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Radical Hope is a collection of lettersto ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged--written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage ne...
Olivia Wilde
Aug 24, 2017
This book is like a cool drink of water.     source
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
by Al Franken (May 29, 2017)
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Tags: nonfictionpoliticsbiography-and-memoirhumor-and-comedy
From the #1 bestselling author - the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty f...
Olivia Wilde
Jun 30, 2017
Now I’m reading Giant of the Senate and loving it because Al Franken is the man     source
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The Examined Life
How We Lose and Find Ourselves
by Stephen Grosz (May 11, 2014)
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Tags: nonfictionpsychologyphilosophypersonal-development
Echoing Socrates' time-honoured statement that the unexamined life is not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws short, vivid stories from his 25-five-year practice in order to track the collaborative journey of therapist and patient as they uncover the hidden feelings behind ordinary behaviour. These beautifully rendered tales illuminate ...
Olivia Wilde
Jun 30, 2017
Recently, I really enjoyed The Examined Life as a fast, mind-blowing jaunt through the world of psychotherapy. Dr. Grosz is brilliant and essentially boils down a collection of his “ah ha” moments into a few pages each. It’s enlightening, and highly satisfying.     source
The Circle
by Dave Eggers (Apr 21, 2014)
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Tags: fictionscience-fiction
The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the worlds most powerful internet company, she feels shes been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus,...
Olivia Wilde
Jun 30, 2017
The Circle was so intensely enjoyable.     source
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The Girls
A Novel
by Emma Cline (May 08, 2017)
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Tags: fictionhistorical-fiction
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circl...
Olivia Wilde
Jan 07, 2017
Pretty sure I'm the last human on Earth to read this but if I'm wrong go get it cuz it's GREAT.     source
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Jul 13, 2015)
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Tags: nonfictionbiography-and-memoirhistory
“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s his...
Olivia Wilde
Nov 09, 2015
The world will be a more evolved place once we all read this book. Take my word for it, and go pick it up today. Absolutely brilliant.     source
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Find Me Unafraid
Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum
by Kennedy Odede (Jul 25, 2016)
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Tags: nonfictionbiography-and-memoir
Find Me Unafraid tells the uncommon love story between two uncommon people whose collaboration sparked a successful movement to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and the urban poor. With a Foreword by Nicholas Kristof.This is the story of two young people from completely different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the largest slum in Africa,...
Olivia Wilde
Oct 28, 2015
These are the stories that give me hope for humanity. Visiting them in Kenya was completely life changing. Pick up a copy of this book and let them blow your mind.     source
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt (Jun 26, 2013)
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Tags: childrens
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
Olivia Wilde
Aug 16, 2015
Thank you Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt for this GENIUS book which everyone should buy immediately for their friends with kids because it is brilliant.      source
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