Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead / Sheryl Sandberg. Recommended by Library Journal, New York Times, and Bookish; and aming the finalists for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.
Fiction: Fall of Giants By Ken Follett If you haven’t read “Pillars of the Earth” you may want to start there as an introduction to Follett’s expansive, fascinating worlds. In “Fall of Giants,” the first book in the author’s Century Trilogy, we follow the intertwining lives of several families across Europe, Russia and the U.S. at the brink of World War I. Love, war, death and hardship, this first book sets the stage for a sprawling epic that only Follett can contain.
“Bring Up the Bodies” in which Cromwell helps end the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. (Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well for Anne.) Cromwell’s role in Anne’s conviction and execution might be unsavory, but Mantel’s masterfully nuanced portrayal of him reveals the doubts and worries that lie behind his efficient persecution. And her ability to draw readers into a world separated from our own by 500 years is remarkable.