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31 Books for 2019: Books by Upcoming and Past TEDxUniversityofNevada Speakers


Whether you’re searching for a gift or simply want to add to your collection, here are TEDxUniversityofNevada’s book recommendations for 2019. Want to know the one thing that all of these books have in common? Each of the authors is either giving a TEDxUniversityofNevada talk on February 23, 2019, or has given a talk at our conferences in the past! From business books to memoirs, psychology books to the social sciences, there’s something for everyone on your holiday list. All of the books from the 2019 speaker lineup will be available for purchase on the day of the event through the Nevada Wolf Shop.

Featured Books from our 2019 Speakers

1 – Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships (2018)

by Mitch Prinstein

“Popular examines why popularity plays such a key role in our development and, ultimately, how it still influences our happiness and success today. In many ways—some even beyond our conscious awareness—those old dynamics of our youth continue to play out in every business meeting, every social gathering, in our personal relationships, and even how we raise our children. More than childhood intelligence, family background, or prior psychological issues, research indicates that it’s how popular we were in our early years that predicts how successful and how happy we grow up to be.”

2 – Very Bear and the Butterfly (2018)

by David Wise

“David Wise’s story for children, Very Bear and The Butterfly, teaches children how to take back control and gain perspective even when things seem really bad. After all, if Very Bear can laugh again after Slypp makes sure his winter hibernation is a terrible experience, how bad can things be?”

3 – Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It (2017)

by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

“After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. In this practical guide, he shares the nine effective principles—counterintuitive tactics and strategies—you too can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life.”

4 – The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (2017)

by Nilofer Merchant

“Why do some individuals make scalable impact with their ideas, regardless of their power or status? The Power of Onlyness unravels this mystery for the first time so that anyone can make a dent. Even you. In The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant, one of the world’s top-ranked business thinkers, reveals that, in fact, we have now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for your ideas to ‘make a dent’ on the world.”

5 – The Talent Delusion: Why Data, Not Intuition, Is the Key to Unlocking Human Potential (2017)

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

“All organizations have problems, and they nearly always concern people: how to manage them; whom to hire, fire or promote; and how to motivate, develop and retain high potential employees. Bridging the gap between the psychological science of talent and common real-world talent practices, ‘The Talent Delusion’ aims to educate Human Resource practitioners and leaders on how to measure, predict and manage talent.”

6 – Treading on Thin Air: Atmospheric Physics, Forensic Meteorology, and Climate Change: How Weather Shapes Our Everyday Lives (2017)

by Elizabeth Austin Ph. D.

“Weather and society are at its most fascinating at extremes. Dr. Austin, one of a handful of forensic meteorologists around the globe, has been called upon to investigate plane crashes, murders, wildfires, avalanches, even bombing cases. Drawing upon her rich experiences, Austin’s ‘Treading on Thin Air’ promises to be an enlightening and informative journey through the wild world of weather.”

7 – Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It (2016)

by Larry Olmsted

“You’ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn’t. So many fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets that it’s hard to know what we’re eating anymore. In Real Food/Fake Food, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters and empowers consumers to make smarter choices.”

Featured Books from Past TEDxUniversityofNevada Event Speakers

8 – Friend of a Friend…: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career (2018)

by David Burkus

“What if the best way to grow your network isn’t by introducing yourself to strangers at cocktail parties, handing out business cards, or signing up for the latest online tool, but by developing a better understanding of the existing network that’s already around you? In this startling new look at the art and science of networking, business school professor David Burkus digs deep to find the unexpected secrets that reveal the best ways to grow your career.”

9 – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (November 2017)

by Jocko Willink

“A New York Times #1 Bestseller! Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed ‘all but lost.’ In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.”

10 – Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (2017)

by Liz Wiseman

“We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers.”

11 – Rise: How a House Built a Family (2017)

by Cara Brookins

“After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible. Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan and a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children. This must-read memoir traces one family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project.”

12 – The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (2017 – 6th Edition)

by Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes

“For more than 25 years, ‘The Leadership Challenge’ has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than 2 million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner’s extensive research, the latest edition of this book focuses on enduring work in context for today’s world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, that it can be learned. An indispensable resource for leaders at all levels, this anniversary edition is a landmark update and must-read.”

13 – The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote (2017)

by Sharyl Attkisson

“Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners bloodsport? The New York Times bestselling author of ‘Stonewalled’ pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions. Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda; an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear.”

14 – Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace (2016)

by Christine Porath

“Incivility is silently chipping away at people, organizations and our economy. Slights, insensitivities, and rude behaviors can cut deeply. Moreover, incivility hijacks focus. Even if people want to perform well, they can’t. Ultimately, incivility cuts the bottom line. In MASTERING CIVILITY, Christine Porath, who delivered one of TED’s Top 2018 talks of the year,  shows how people can enhance their influence and effectiveness with civility.”

15 – The Boy Who Played with Science Fusion (2016)

by Tom Clynes (book about Taylor Wilson)

“By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis inspired him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. In ‘The Boy Who Played with Fusion,’ science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor’s extraordinary journey—from his Arkansas home, to a unique public high school just for academic superstars, to the present, when Wilson is designing devices to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material and inspiring a new generation to take on the challenges of science.”

16 – Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life (March 2015)

by Emily Nagoski Ph.D.

“Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but how you feel about it. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman’s sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. And Emily Nagoski can prove it.”

17 – Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking (2015)

by Elissa Altman

“Told with tender and often hilarious honesty, and filled with twenty-six delicious recipes, Poor Man’s Feast is a tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, demonstrating how all our stories are inextricably bound up with how we feed ourselves and those we love.”

18 – We’re All Like This (2015)

by Steven Ing

“Marriage and family therapist Steven Ing knows all about the silence that imprisons sexuality. He has witnessed the dysfunction that comes from not being able to talk about our sexuality in a rational, sensitive and intelligent way. “We’re All Like This” aims to start a healthy conversation by taking readers through all stages of a person’s life, from infancy through the twilight years; and it illuminates the human sexual needs we all share through each stage.”

19 – I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl (2014)

by Alexis Jones

“In a crazy, media distracted world the important questions often get lost like: What’s your passion? What’s your purpose? Who do you want to be? Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, to speak their truth, to discover their purpose, and to dream HUGE! Alexis believes that you’re not broken nor do you need to be fixed.”

20 – My Story (2014)

by Elizabeth Smart

“In this memoir, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. In the years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker.”

21 – Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less (2014)

by Robert I. Sutton, Hayagreeva Rao

“Scaling Up Excellence shows what it takes to build and uncover pockets of exemplary performance, spread those splendid deeds, and as an organization grows bigger and older — rather than slipping toward mediocrity or worse — recharge it with better ways of doing the work at hand. Bestselling author Robert Sutton and his Stanford GSB colleague Huggy Rao devoted seven years to studying how the best leaders and teams spread constructive beliefs, behaviors, and practices from those who have them to those who need them. They show what it takes to spread a mindset, not just a footprint, as a program or organization expands.”

22 – The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living (2014)

by Lacey Sturm

“The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her old life ended. As an atheist who hated Christians, she thought church was a place for hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. After a screaming match with her grandmother, she ended up in the back of a sanctuary, hating everyone in the room. But what happened in that room is The Reason she is alive today.”

23 – When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests (2014)

by Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Joshua Kosowsky

“In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor’s visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests.”

24 – Creating CityCenter: World-Class Architecture and the New Las Vegas (November 2013)

by William R. Smith

“MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter is the largest privately financed building project in the United States to date; its development brought together star architects and major interior design firms and landscape architects. The design and concurrent construction of seven separate buildings and accompanying infrastructure are documented here from start to finish in stunning photographs.”

25 – Growing Young: A Memoir of Grief (2013)

by Bridget E. Park

“Inspired by the tragic loss of her brother, Bridget Park wrote at age 15 her debut memoir, Growing Young: A Memoir of Grief, in the hopes that her story will encourage others to find healthy ways of grieving. The only grief support book written by a teenager, the author, at age 12, recounts stumbling upon the body of her 14-year-old brother while they are home alone. His suicide shatters her world and forces Bridget to face issues she had never before considered.”

26 – The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think (2013)

by Michael E. Raynor &  Mumtaz Ahmed

“Finally, an answer to the ultimate business question: How do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long term? In every sector, there’s an outlier. How do these exceptional companies deliver superior perfor­mance over the long run despite facing the same constraints as competitors? What can we learn? Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed have analyzed data on more than 25,000 com­panies spanning forty-five years. Their five-year study began with a sophisticated statistical analysis to identify which companies have truly exceptional performance, 344 in all.”

27 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2012)

by Steven C. Haynes

“Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness processes, and commitment and behavior change processes to produce psychological flexibility. Steven C. Hayes, who helped develop ACT, and co-author Jason Lillis provide an overview of ACT’s main influences and its basic principles.”

28 – The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley (2012)

by Victor W. Hwang

“Discover the answers in this groundbreaking book from two of the world’s leading experts at the intersection of venture capital and global development. Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt propose a radical new theory to explain the nature of innovation ecosystems: human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output. They argue that free market thinking fails to consider the impact of human nature on the innovation process. This ambitious work challenges the basic assumptions that economists have held for over a century.”

29 – Two Feet Back (2012)

by Grant Korgan

“A painfully honest, inspiring memoir of a man whose broken back taught him to stand in his truth. One moment, Grant Korgan had everything he’d ever wanted—a successful career, a new marriage to the love of his life, and an athletic body that enabled his constant pursuit of world-class adventure sports. The next, he found himself lying in the snow, with no feeling or movement below his belly button. But this is not a book about the paralyzing grip of a spinal cord injury, or the struggle to walk again. Rather, Grant’s story of survival, unbound love, endless gratitude, and the limitless power of unwavering positivity is one that applies to us all.”

30 – Journey of a Hope Merchant: From Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing (2008)

by Neal Petersen

“Neal Petersen was born physically disabled and impoverished in apartheid-era South Africa, but was introduced to healing and equality in the waters surrounding Cape Town. Journey of a Hope Merchant recounts the epic journey that took this misfit kid from a racially segregated, working-class neighborhood to the prestigious world of solo yacht racing.”

31 – Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (2008)

By Mignon Fogarty

“Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using “who” when a “whom” is called for? Do you avoid the words “affect” and “effect” altogether? Grammar Girl is here to help! Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar―but she’s also determined to make the process as painless as possible. Not only have her podcasts been downloaded more than twenty million times, but Mignon has aksi dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.”

Get your TEDxUniversityNevada Tickets!

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, our Reno stage will engage, entertain, and inspire you with new ideas worth spreading, delivered by speakers and performers from all around the country. Attend the TEDxUniversityofNevada 2019 conference for a day full of deep thought, exciting new ideas and community networking.

This year’s lineup includes 22 speakers: 4 performers, 8 local speakers and 10 speakers from around the country. You’ll hear from a comedian, an Olympic gold medalist halfpipe skier, a lively roots-rock sister duo, an experienced TED speaker with Fortune 500 management chops and the CEO of Renown Health among many other creative and intelligent speakers.

Seating is limited, and tickets are available for purchase until they sell out. Early bird tickets are available from Dec. 1, 2018 through Jan. 2, 2019 for $70 each for general tickets, or $20 for students. After Jan. 2, general admission will be $89, and a group sale discount will be available. for groups of 10 or more. Student tickets will cost $25 and are also available for purchase at the Wolf Shop on campus. Please click here to purchase tickets directly.

(*Note: Above book synopses quoted via Amazon.com.)