Our Thought Leaders Share Their Favorite Books of the Year

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to round up the best of 2015. We asked some of our Thought Leaders for the books that moved, inspired, and captivated them the most this year.

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

slide_311211_2765097_freeThe Inheritance of Loss

by Kiran Desai

“The Booker Prize winner is about immigration, colonialism, love, loss, and everything in human nature both terrible and good.” (If you don’t have time to read it yet, try this Fresh Air with Terry Gross interview of the extremely charming Kiran and her mother Anita Desai, also an author (in fact they are the only mother-daughter pair to both be nominated for the Booker.)

Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.27.23 PMSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

“Sapiens seeks to answer the question of what separated the human species from all other animals. Harari proposes that propagation of shared myths are what drove mankind through the agricultural, industrial and information revolutions.”

Adam Grant, author of Give and Take

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.28.01 PMUnfair: The Science of Criminal Justice

by Adam Benforado

“As gripping as a Grisham novel, only it isn’t fiction. With captivating cases and razor-sharp science, Adam Benforado puts the justice system on trial and makes a bulletproof argument that it’s fundamentally broken.”

Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.28.39 PMThe Anatomy of a Calling

by Lissa Rankin

“It’s a daring, personal look at how one navigates a world of seemingly unlimited choices.”

Jane McGonigal, author of SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient–Powered by the Science of Games

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.31.31 PMThe Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease

by Marc Lewis

“It does a tremendous job of explaining the neuroscience of motivation and desire, which I think is important to anyone designing technology or user experiences today. So often we try to get users “addicted” to our products or services, even though no one would say that being addicted to something is a good thing. Game developers struggle with this dilemma all the time. This book does a wonderful job of explaining how addictive behaviors can be reshaped into a more positive form of motivation, goal-setting and resilient behavior.”

Darya Rose, author of Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.32.06 PMNo Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness

by Michelle Segar Ph.D

“This is one of the few fitness books I’ve ever read that actually addresses the underlying psychology and motivation behind getting healthy, which I believe is absolutely essential for making meaningful, long-term progress toward better health.”

Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 2.32.42 PMThe Story of the Human Body

by Daniel Lieberman

“I love books that challenge my perceptions of the world and how the world works. I learned so much about how human beings REALLY work. It’s amazing how many things we get flat our wrong about how we live and work.”