Brad Keywell

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Top 10

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein

The Empathy Gap: Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society by J. D. Trout

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon


The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John A. Allison

Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing by Chris Anderson

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic by Dan Ariely

Memory and Legacy: The Shoah Narrative of the Illinois Holocaust Museum by Michael Berenbaum

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman 

The Nudist on the Late Shift by And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley by Po Bronson

The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Life by Ted Leonsis

Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The Worlds by Mary Buffett and David Clark

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen

The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons, PhD

Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn from Their Mistakes by Sydney Finkelstein

The Way To Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Memos from the Chairman by Alan C. Greenberg

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World by Tim Harford

Growing a Business by Paul Hawken

The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth by Chris Hurn

Latticework: The New Investing by Robert G. Hagstrom

Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers by James C. Humes

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

How to Drive Your Competition Crazy: Creating Disruption for Fun and Profit by Guy Kawasaki

Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Manias, Panics and Crashes by Charles P. Kindleburger and Robert Z. Aliber

Your Teacher Said What?!: Trying to Raise a Fifth Grade Capitalist in Obama’s America by Joe Kernen and Blake Kernen

The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Komisar

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay

Entrepreneurs in Profile by Steve Mariotti and Mike Caslin with Debra Desalvo

Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Happiness is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual by Dennis Prager

Competing for the Future by Gary Hammel and C.K. Prahalad

Re-Imagine! by Tom Peters

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People by Emily Pilloton

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

Focus by Al Ries

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Flourish by Martin E.P. Seligman

The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer

Net Worth by John Hagel III and Marc Singer by Kara Swisher

Positive Pushing by Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

The Empathy Gap: Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society by J. D. Trout

The Discipline of Market Leaders by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema

Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy by Philip Evans and Thoms S. Wurster

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keyes

Analysis of Financial Statements by Leopold A. Bernstein and John J. Wild

Value Investing: A Balanced Approach by Martin J. Whitman

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

The Future of Innovation by Anna Trifilova

Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Information Anxiety 2 by Richard S. Wurman


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield

The Power of Stillness: Learn Meditation in 30 Days by Tobin Blake

The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz

10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children by Shmuley Boteach

The Power of Kabbalah by Yehuda Berg

The Red String Book by Yehuda Berg

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meditation by Joan Budilovsky

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D.

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Awake at Work by Michael Carroll

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle

The Essential Tao by Thomas Cleary

Creating Good Karma by Nevill Drury

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live by Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman, and Anna Barford

Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days of Enlightenment by Wayne W. Dyer

The Three-Minute Meditator by David Harp

Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware, Right Now, Every Day by Steven Hagen

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

Letters to A Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

Toward a Meaningful Life by Simon Jacobson

Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide by Aryeh Kaplan

The End of Overeating by Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler

What is a Jew? by Morris N. Kertzer

Born to Rise: A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential by Deborah Kenny

Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World by Craig Kielburger

For the Love of Being Jewish by Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein

How Good Do We Have to Be? A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness by Harold Kushner

SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life by Steven G. Pratt and M.D. and Kathy Matthews

Heroes for my Daughter by Brad Meltzer 

Passionaries: Turning Compassion into Action by Barbara R. Metzler

The Paradox of Success: When Winning at Work Means Losing at Life by John R. O’Neil

The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute by Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger and Shelley Page

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

The Pritikin Weight Loss Breakthrough: 5 Easy Steps to Outsmart Your Fat Instinct by Robert Pritikin

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman

You: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. and Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. and Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

The Everything Kids Money Book by Brette McWhorter Sember, J.D.

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D.

The Zen Commandments: Ten Suggestions for a Life of Inner Freedom by Dean Sluyter

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan

Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible by Joseph Telushkin

The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living by Joseph Telushkin

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Findhorn Retreat: Stillness Amidst the World by Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Understanding Healthcare by Richard Saul Wurman

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall? by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.

Upbringing: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children by Doctor I. Zink

Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn


The Value of Art by Michael Findlay

Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being by Jonathan Finberg

I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) by Richard Polsky

Let's See: Writings on Art from the New Yorker by Peter Schjeldahl

Skate's Art Investment Handbook by Sergey Skaterschikov

Art: 21 by Robert Storr and Thelma Golden

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton


Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert-László Barabási

Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns

Warren Buffett's Management Secrets: Proven Tools for Personal and Business Success by Mary Buffett and David Clark

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman

The Quotable Truman

In Search of Churchill by Martin Gilbert

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam

Churchill by Paul Johnson

The Invention of Air: A Story Of Science, Faith, Revolution, And The Birth Of America by Steven Johnson

Churchill by Himself

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

Levels of the Game by John McPhee

John Adams by David McCullough

21: Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich

Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Nando Parrado

How Fall Will You Go? Questions to Test Your Limits by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell

The Philosophical Breakfast Club by Laura J. Snyder

Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill by Barry Singer

The Green Thoreau: America's First Environmentalist on Technology, Possessions, Livelihood, and More by Henry David Thoreau

The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Steal Like an Artist by Austin



Wisdom to Grow On by Charles J. Acquisto

As You Think by James Allen

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin

Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly

How to Fail Successfully by Jill Briscoe

The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits by Gregg Braden

What Happy People Know by Dan Baker, Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth

Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon

Ayn Rand for Beginners by Andrew Bernstein

Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Andrew Bernstein

Letters of Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand

Great Speeches of the 20th Century

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology

Who is Ayn Rand? by Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden

Ayn Rand by Jeffrey Britting

Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet by Deepak Chopra

Buddha: A Story Of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

The Council of Dads: A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live by Bruce Feiler

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler

On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner

A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning by Robert Zaretsky

Love Letters: If you found a love letter in an old book, would you read it? by Bryan Mooney

Chasing Rumi: A Fable About Finding the Heart's True Desire by Roger Housden

Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Set You Free by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Open Your Heart by Roger Housden

Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation by Roger Housden

Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller

The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

Speeches That Changed the World: The Stories and Transcripts of the Moments That Made History

Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Andrew Bernstein

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan Watts

The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life by André Comte-Sponville

Make the Impossible Possible: One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary by Bill Strickland and Vince Rause

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

Awareness by Anthony De Mello

Living a Life That Matters by Harold S. Kushner

The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace: Core Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism by The Dalai Lama and Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman

The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World by Dan Millman

I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion by Dawna Markova

The Graduate's Book of Practical Wisdom: 99 Lessons They Can't Teach in School by C. Andrew Millard

Stuff Every American Should Know by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel

What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins

We the Living by Ayn Rand

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A by Ayn Rand

Why Businessmen Need Philosophy: The Capitalist's Guide to the Ideas Behind Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama

Aspirations of Greatness: Mapping the Mid-Life Leaders Reconnection to Self and Soul by Jim Warner

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

The Psychology of Risk: Mastering Market Uncertainty by Ari Kiev

Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day by Robert Rowland Smith

Who Will Cry When You Die? by Robin Sharma

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny by Robin S. Sharma

Dialogues and Letters by Seneca

The Official Rules of Life by Seth Godin

How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual by Dennis Prager

Questions For My Father: Finding the Man Behind Your Dad by Vincent Staniforth

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts

Where Silence Reigns: Selected Prose by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters on Cézanne by Rainer Maria Rilke

Stories of God by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

I Wanted to Write A Poem by William Carlos Williams

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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