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

United We Serve: National Service and the Future of Citizenship, Dionne, Drogosz, & Litan

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

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

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

Strengths Finder 2.0, Tom Rath

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

How Change Happens, by Duncan Green

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

Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek

Inspiration and Big Ideas

In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall & Richard Wrangham

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth

A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson

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

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

Horizon, by Barry Lopez

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

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, by Daniel J. Siegel
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy
The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale

The Story Factor, by Annette Simmons

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

Vermont Life & Ecology

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

Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History, 2nd Edition, Klyza, Trombulak, McKibben

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

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

Losing Earth: A Recent History, by Nathaniel Rich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

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

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

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls

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

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

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

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

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

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

Education / Serving with Youth

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

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

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, Expanded Edition, Esme Raji Codell et all

Getting the Buggers to Behave, Sue Cowley

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

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

Masterminds and Wingmen, Rosalind Wiseman

Lives on the Boundary, Mike Rose

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

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

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

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

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

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