Court’s Bookshelf

If you’ve known me for longer than a few days, chances are, I’ve recommended a book to you. I love to learn, and the immersive opportunity to dig deep into a topic or story that books provide is too tempting for me to resist.

So I’m starting a list of the reads that I learned from most, and I think you might find them useful, too.

Highlighted Titles = Must Reads


  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (also includes psychedelic themes)
  • Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman (also includes feminist themes)
  • What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha (also includes themes of social and environmental justice)


  • The Pendulum by Julie Lindahl
  • A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin (also includes themes of racial justice and feminism)
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (also includes themes of racial justice and feminism)

Language and Writing

  • Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
  • Words on the Move by John McWhorter


  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

Life and Relationships

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle (also includes queer and feminist themes)
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (also includes leadership and parenting themes)
  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
  • The Science of Happily Ever After by Ty Tashiro

Parenting and Pregnancy

  • Cribsheet by Emily Oster
  • Beyond Birds and Bees by Bonnie J. Rough

Pop Culture

  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
  • Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness (also includes queer themes)
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama (also includes political, feminist, and racial justice themes)


  • United by Cory Booker (also includes themes of racial justice)
  • The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn (also includes themes of social justice)


  • A Bigger Table by John Pavlovitz (also includes social justice themes)
  • How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns
  • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
  • What Is the Bible? by Rob Bell
  • Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • Love Wins by Rob Bell

Social Justice

Racism and White Supremacy

  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • White Fragility by Michael Eric Dyson
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Environmental Justice

  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (also contains religious themes)