Education

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#1 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

A winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal lives and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions.

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#2 GRIT

Angela Duckworth

A psychologist says passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

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#3 THING EXPLAINER

Randall Munroe

Cells, elevators, smartphones, nuclear reactors and more are demystified with simply annotated blueprints. From the author of "What If?"

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#4 SPEAKING AMERICAN

Josh Katz

The creator of the New York Times dialect quiz provides a guide to how words are pronounced in different parts of the country.

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#5 I AM MALALA

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

The experience of the young Pakistani advocate for women’s education who was shot by the Taliban and later won the Nobel Peace Prize. Originally published in 2013.

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#6 ON WRITING

Stephen King

A memoir that is a master class on the writer's craft.

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#7 WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION

Cathy O'Neil

How decisions that impact our lives are made by algorithms instead of people.

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#8 BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2016

edited Rachel Kushner

A wide-ranging anthology selected by high school students.

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#9 HOW NOT TO BE WRONG

Jordan Ellenberg

A mathematician shows how his discipline helps us think about problems of politics, medicine and commerce.

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#10 OTHER-WORDLY

Yee-Lum Mak

From the blog of the same name, 64 intriguing words from a dozen languages.

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