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New Books to Check Out from our TEDxUniversityofNevada 2020 Speakers

Many of our 2020 TEDxUniversityofNevada speakers have written books, a sampling of which will be available for purchase at this year’s event courtesy of the Nevada Wolf Shop. As in years past, the Nevada Wolf Shop will feature a pop-up bookstore in the TEDxUniversityofNevada lobby at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Saturday, Feb. 29, where attendees can learn about new ideas and purchase books written by our very own speakers. 

Every year our attendees enjoy the books that they purchase at this event, often getting pictures with their favorite speaker or having a copy of the book that they purchased signed in person. In some cases, the topic of a particular book even sparks much larger discussion with its very own author.

The following is a list of books that will be sold at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2020, along with a brief synopsis about each:

“The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues”
By Patrick Lencioni

In his classic book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player.

In “The Ideal Team Player,” Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. (more)

“The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever”
By Michael Bungay Stanier

In Michael Bungay Stanier’s “The Coaching Habit,” coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results. (more)

“The Illusion of Money: Why Chasing Money Is Stopping You from Receiving It”
By Kyle Cease

New York Times best-selling author and comedian-turned-motivational speaker, Kyle Cease, shows how your obsession with money is actually preventing you from living the life of your dreams.

‘I can’t afford that.’ ‘Now’s not the right time . . . I need to save up.’ ‘Quit my job? Are you nuts?!’ Sound familiar? Money is one of the biggest excuses we make to not go after what we really want. Our fixation with money–the desire for more of it, and the fear of not having enough of it–is often really just a longing to feel safe. But this obsession with money is coming at a much bigger cost: our sanity, our creativity, our freedom, and our ability to step into our true power. (more)

“Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving”
By Caitlyn Collins

A moving, cross-national account of working mothers’ daily lives―and the revolution in public policy and culture needed to improve them.

The work-family conflict that mothers experience today is a national crisis. Women struggle to balance breadwinning with the bulk of parenting, and stress is constant. Social policies don’t help. Of all Western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies: No federal paid parental leave. The highest gender wage gap. No minimum standard for vacation and sick days. The highest maternal and child poverty rates. Can American women look to European policies for solutions? (more)

“Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall”
By Kjerstin Gruys

A scholar and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of what really matters

When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled—until it was time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image; so she decided to refocus her attention. “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall” charts Gruys’s awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying on friends and her fiancé to help her gauge both her appearance and outlook on life. The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters, regardless of smeared makeup or messy hair. (more)

“The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting”
By Kathryn Lukas

An authoritative and easy-to-use guide to fermentation with 100 recipes for fermented foods and drinks.

Fermented and live-culture foods are beloved for their bold and layered flavors as well as their benefits for gut health and boosting immunity, but until now, there hasn’t been a book that is both authoritative and easy to use. “The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting” provides you with the history, health information, and safest methods for preserving, along with 100 recipes for krauts, pickles, kimchi, fermented vegetables, hot sauces, preserved fruits and jams, kombucha, and even mead. (more)

 “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die”
Keith Payne

A timely examination by a leading scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequality.

Today’s inequality is on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetimes, yet this disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In “The Broken Ladder” psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically, but has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas like justice and fairness. (more)


Purchasing a speaker’s book through the Nevada Wolf Shop is not only a great way to dig more into a particular idea that interests you, but it’s a great way to support the University of Nevada, Reno student-run bookstore, as well as our speakers. 

What books on this list are you most looking forward to reading in 2020? 

About TEDxUniversityofNevada

TEDxUniversityOfNevada returns Saturday, February 29, 2020 to the Reno stage with new ideas worth spreading through talks sure to engage, impress and entertain. The one-day conference takes place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will feature a lineup of 19 speakers and performers.

This year’s event boasts more local speakers than ever before, plus several others from around the country and one from Canada. You’ll hear from best-selling authors, two fermenters, an international comedian, a former military journalist, a men’s rights attorney, and many more whose talks will be meaningful, thought-provoking and inspiring. 

Seating is limited, and tickets are available for purchase until they sell out. General admission tickets are $100 at, and student tickets are available for $30 through the Wolf Shop on the University campus. You can save $10 when you purchase your event ticket at Whole Foods Market in Reno, and we also offer group sale discounts for groups of 10 or more. Visit for tickets and to learn more.