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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you’re traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices.
Over the course of the next few pages, you’ll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought.
Malcom X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style by Kate Betts
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks
New York Times columnist David Brooks weaves sociology, neuroscience, reporting and fiction together in this philosophical fable. He attempts to discover the origins of success by pinning down the source of people’s actions, thoughts and feelings. He does this through a narrative that follows the lives of a successful couple from birth until death.
Mindset, The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman
Search ME: The Art of the Question by Peter John
The Frugalista Files by Natalie McNeal
Journalist Natalie McNeal started her blog on personal finance in 2008 after spending a month without getting her hair, nails or toes done. Her vow of frugality was the result of having accumulated $20,000 in debt. She vowed to curb her spending habits and her book is an account of how she successfully balanced her budget.
Squeeze the Most Out of Your Money: A No-Nonsense Money Management System to Maximize Your Dollar and Minimize Your Stress by Patricia Stallworth
Perfect Credit by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the Workplace by Ann Kreamer
Kreamer compiles two years of interviews with scientists and over 200 working Americans about emotions on the job. She asserts in her book that with the boundaries of home and work merging more and more so are the realms of the “rational” and “emotional.” “The more of your authentic emotional self you bring to work the happier and more effective you will be,” Kreamer writes.
Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism by Belva Davis
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck
Mogul: A Novel by Terrance Dean
Dean’s book is about hip-hop star Big A.T. who is secretly gay. When his music empire is threatened he has to make a choice – come out publicly or lose everything.
Sweet Destiny by Rochelle Alers
The Good Sense Handbook by Patricia Hinds
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