Summer Book and Podcast Recommendations

Podcasts

Refresh and recharge with these suggested podcasts – we’ve included one for everyone.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Sharing insights, strategies, stories and tips that help people understand themselves and create a happier life. gretchenrubin.com

Crime Junkie. Discussing all things true crime. crimejunkiepodcast.com

Pod Save the People with DeRay Mckesson. Offering a unique take on the news with special focus on overlooked stories that impact people of colour. crooked.com

Change Everything. Discussing themes related to the intersecting crises of climate, racism and inequality. theleap.org

Reply All. A podcast on the internet and all that is modern life. open.spotify.com

You’re Wrong About. Every week, journalists Mike and Sarah reconsider an event or person that’s been miscast in the public imagination. stitcher.com/youre-wrong-about

On Being. Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. podcasts.apple.com

The Diversity Gap. Exploring the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. podcasts.apple.com

 


Summer Reads

A few of our staff’s favourite books to put on your must-read list this summer.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. A rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope. goodreads.com

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status. goodreads.com

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. At once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. goodreads.com

Educated by Tara Westover. A universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. goodreads.com

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. A book about a young lawyer’s coming of age and a look into the lives of those he has defended in the pursuit of true justice. goodreads.com

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner. A witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most. goodreads.com

Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson. With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love. goodreads.com

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. An unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. goodreads.com