Rebel Summer Reading List

Since Bill Gates put out his summer reading list this week, and he seems to be doing all right for himself these days, we might as well follow his lead and put out a list too.  Even if our adult summertime lives aren’t filled with quite as much leisure time as the summers of our youth, they can still be time for dreaming and renewing. Here’s my list for Summer Dreamin’, along with a few others from the rest of the Rebel Team:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Nothing taps into summer fun quite like reading about our mortality and how we ought to die.

Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved): Kate Bowler
We use stories to understand our suffering and Kate breaks down how a cancer diagnosis edits her story. (This was on Bill’s list too!)

Sing, Unburied, Sing: Jesmyn Ward
Summer is for traveling and Ward takes readers to brand new places.

Girl in Snow: Danya Kukafka
Our Client Service manager, Dana Makstaller, picked this up at the airport and claims it’s an easy, summer read–even though it’s about snow and murder.

The Second Volume of the new Flintstones comic books: Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
I read the first volume expecting a lot of wordplay around “stones” and “rocks” but instead found a thoughtful exploration of society and ethics. For real.

The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us: James W. Pennebaker
I want to know more about the words you and I use and what it means for us to be We.  

Ship of Theseus: J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Our CCO, Brad Wise, found this beautifully designed mystery novel-within-another novel and just the idea of it is inventive enough to inspire.

Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art: Sam Wasson
Our CEO, Joe Boyd, is reading this one to gather more evidence for his argument that improv is a key to creativity and community.

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World: Rand Fishkin
Nick Pitzer, our Director of Digital Marketing recommends this one and thinks the subtitle is true.

Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need: Todd Henry:
He recently visited our offices for a Lunch and Learn and writes about the kind of work we hope to do in the world.