Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang

Impostor Syndrome by Kathy WangA sharp and prescient novel about women in the workplace, the power of Big Tech, and the looming threat of foreign espionage from Kathy Wang, “a skilled satirist of the northern California dream” (Harper’s Bazaar)In 2006 Julia Lerner is living in Moscow, a recent university graduate in computer science, when she’s recruited by Russia’s largest intelligence agency. By 2018 she’s in Silicon Valley as COO of Tangerine, one of America’s most famous technology companies. In between her executive management (make offers to promising startups, crush them and copy their features if they refuse); self promotion (check out her latest op ed in the WSJ, on Work/Life Balance 2.0); and work in gender equality (transfer the most annoying females from her team), she funnels intelligence back to the motherland. But now Russia's asking for , and Julia’s getting nervous.Alice is a first generation Chinese American whose parents are delighted she’s working at Tangerine (such a successful company!). Too bad she’s slogging away in the lower echelons, recently dumped, and now sharing her expensive two bedroom apartment with her cousin Cheri, a perennial “founder’s girlfriend”. One afternoon, while performing a server check, Alice discovers some unusual activity, and now she’s burdened with two powerful but distressing suspicions: Tangerine’s privacy settings aren’t as rigorous as the company claims they are, and the person abusing this loophole might be Julia Lerner herself. The closer Alice gets to Julia, the Julia questions her own loyalties. Russia may have placed her in the Valley, but she's the one who built her career; isn’t she entitled to protect the lifestyle she’s earned? Part page turning cat and mouse chase, part sharp and hilarious satire, Impostor Syndrome is a shrewdly observed examination of women in tech, Silicon Valley hubris, and the rarely fulfilled but ever attractive promise of the American Dream.

The Tree of Knowledge by Daniel G. Miller

The Tree of Knowledge by Daniel G.  MillerIt is said that the greatest chess grandmasters envision a match’s outcome ten moves before it occurs. Imagine a person who could visualize ten steps ahead not only in the game of chess but in every human interaction.Imagine a person who could see a punch before it was thrown, who could anticipate what you say before you said it. Imagine a person who could see the chess game of politics, economics, and power itself unfold long before it happens.Imagine a secret that could make all of this possible.Mathematics professor Albert Puddles is such a person, and as he is thrust into a murder and burglary investigation on the Princeton campus he finds that there is such a secret. The discovery leads Albert to team up with an aging mentor, a curious graduate assistant, and an unusual “book club” on a frantic chase across the country to recover the book’s secret and clear his name.Through this adventure, Albert rediscovers a woman from his past and is forced to confront his own understanding of love, rationality, power, and the limits of the human mind.

School, Disrupted by Emily Greene

School, Disrupted by Emily  GreeneTHIS INSPIRING BOOK will help you revive your child's enthusiasm for learning by reigniting their curiosity, passion, and joy. Emily Greene lays out an uplifting, achievable way for parents, caregivers, and educators to help children thrive during pandemic era schooling and beyond. Pandemic era learning exposed deficiencies in our outdated education system and left our families mentally, emotionally, and academically fatigued. With insightful research, inspiring stories, tips, ideas, activities, and checklists, this book helps lighten the load we feel as the world adjusts to new ways of learning. Greene inspires action with practical strategies to bring back balance and optimism as we reimagine school through the Seven Wonders of Learning: Unlearning, Free Time, Curiosity, Making, Creativity, Individuality, and Joy. Readers walk away empowered with a new perspective on the future of school and a better way for children to learn. No matter what type of schooling your family is experiencing, from distance, hybrid, and in person learning to homeschool, unschool, or a learning pod, this book will help you nurture a lifelong love of learning in your child.

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden KeefeThe highly anticipated portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, by the prize winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis.Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented and ferociously compelling.

A Mirror for Americans by Cornelius N. Grove

A Mirror for Americans by Cornelius N. GroveWhat is the explanation for American students' comparatively mediocre academic performance? A Mirror for Americans finds part of it in how they are taught in primary schools. Comparisons with East Asian teaching are supplied by 50 years of research findings. Grove asks not that we copy East Asian teaching approaches, but that we use them as a mirror to gain insights into typically American approaches and their underlying values, which are handicapping our children's learning.