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Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows: A concise and crucial book about problem solving on all scales in the real world. Learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking while paying attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, and meanwhile, staying humble, and staying a learner. 'Required reading for anyone hoping to run a successful company, community, or country.'

The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life by Berkeley's Alison Gopnik, Ph.D. “One of the most prominent researchers in the field, Gopnik is also one of the finest writers, with a special gift for relating scientific research to the questions that parents and others most want answered. This is where to go if you want to get into the head of a baby.” —Paul Bloom, Slate

On this day, 50 years ago, the first edition of The Bell Jar was published in England under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. It didn't make it to the United States until because Aurelia Plath was embarrassed by what her daughter had to say about her family.