LEAP Book Club Library

The Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program offers this growing selection of books to members to borrow and return in good condition. If lost or damaged the member will be asked to replace the book. The information found in each book represents the diverse opinions and values of each author, and are not necessarily shared with the LEAP program.  In a democratic society a wide variety of voices may be heard, and are certainly not limited to the selection below. Members are welcome to select outside books of their own choosing with approval.

Citizenship, Leadership and Service

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, by George Couros

United We Serve: National Service and the Future of Citizenship, by E.J. Dionne, Kayla Meltzer Drogosz, & Robert E. Litan

Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell

How Change Happens, by Duncan Green

How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices, by Therese Huston

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times, by Paul Rogat Loeb

Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, by Courtney E. Martin

Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath

The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America, by Shirley Sagawa

Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek


Inspiration and Big Ideas

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, by Daniel Coyle

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas L. Friedman

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell

In the Shadow of Man, by Jane Goodall & Richard Wrangham

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, by Chip & Dan Heath

Horizon, by Barry Lopez

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, by Daniel H. Pink 

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, by Daniel J. Siegel
The Story Factor, by Annette Simmons


Vermont Life & Ecology

Hands on the Land: A History of the Vermont Landscape, by Jan Albers

Vermont Women, Native Americans & African Americans: out of the Shadows of History, by Cynthia Bittinger

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors, by David George Haskell

Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, by Ben Hewett

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History, 2nd Edition, by Christopher McGrory Klyza, Stephen C. Trombulak, & Bill McKibben

The Incredible Journey of Plants, by Stefano Mancuso 

Losing Earth: A Recent History, by Nathaniel Rich

Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century, by Paul M Searls

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things ― Stories from Science and Observation, by Peter Wohlleben

Poverty/Class/Social Justice

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin Diangelo

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, by Jennifer Harvey

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill & Todd Brewster

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race, by Caprice Hollins & Ilsa Govan

Poverty in America: A Handbook, 3rd Edition, by John Iceland

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, 3rd Edition, by Paul Kivel

Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams, by Alfred Lubrano

The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture, by Heather Mac Donald 

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert D. Putnam

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones

Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience, by Laura Morgan Roberts

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh

Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class, by Michelle Tea

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls

Education / Serving with Youth

The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education, by Ainsley Arment

Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices, by Kathleen M. Budge & William H. Parrett

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, Expanded Edition, by Esme Raji Codell, Jim Trelease, et al.

Getting the Buggers to Behave, by Sue Cowley

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, by Mem Fox

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, by Angela J. Hanscom 

Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, by Eric Jensen

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv

Classroom Management that Works: Research-based Strategies for Every Teacher, by Robert J. Marzano

Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream, by Suzanne Mettler

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, by Mary Pipher

Lives on the Boundary, by Mike Rose

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, by Scott D. Sampson

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by William Stixrud & Ned Johnson

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Pal Tough

Masterminds and Wingmen, by Rosalind Wiseman