J.P. Morgan launches 18th annual Summer Reading List

Jun 09, 2017

Press Release

New York – J.P. Morgan today announced its selections for the firm’s 18th annual Summer Reading List. Inspiring and actionable, the titles tackle timely topics, from social and environmental issues to resiliency in business and life and empowering the mind. For the first time, the list features 11 titles instead of its usual 10 to make room for a children’s book.

“This year’s selections are diverse and thought-provoking non-fiction titles, reflecting the passions and causes our global client base care about most,” said Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. “Business executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all clients in between will discover creative and inspiring stories from our list. While summer is a time to relax, it is also a time to recharge and revitalize our thinking. Great books are the perfect fuel.” 

The annual summer list is an ever-evolving project designed to spark conversations among the firm’s expansive client base worldwide. This year, the list features an 11th book, a charmingly illustrated and informative title for children and young adults about famous women in the history of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

“While we work with such an accomplished and dynamic group of clients, it’s important to remember that many take some time during the summer to disconnect from work and spend time more with their families,” continued Oduyoye. “Including Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World offers a great opportunity to explore important conversations about science, history and the impact women have had. It’s inspiring and informative—for all ages.”

In creating the 2017 list, client advisors from J.P. Morgan offices around the globe submitted hundreds of titles. That list was then culled based on timeliness, quality, author credentials, innovation and global appeal.

The 11 titles selected for the 2017 J.P. Morgan Summer Reading List are:

Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Noted philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and renowned environmentalist Carl Pope team up to share insights and solutions they believe will address the impact of climate change, from how we manage our cities to how we invest. While urging immediate action, they remain optimistic that people and policy can come together to confront what might be civilization's greatest challenge.

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction, by Derek Thompson. In the Internet age, popularity often seems attainable by anyone, even on a global scale. In Hit Makers, Derek Thompson offers an alternative explanation: Hits are rarely flukes. Instead, hits are meticulously, almost scientifically crafted to be both familiar and new. From popular songs to blockbuster movies, the author explores how “the science of popularity” shapes our culture and our lives.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Helene Cooper. As Africa's first elected female president and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has blazed a trail of equality and empowerment for women everywhere. Helene Cooper, herself born in Monrovia, Liberia, details Sirleaf’s amazing path from mother of four boys and survivor of war and violence to leader of a fragile nation–an inspiring and memorable story.

National Geographic: The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals, by Joel Sartore. With nearly half of the earth's animals moving toward extinction by 2100, photographer Joel Sartore set out to capture what the world could be losing. Brilliant, breathtaking photos of thousands of animals and insects set against dramatic black or white backgrounds bring the beauty and importance of the world's biodiversity to life. The Photo Ark is a mesmerizing tour through the animal kingdom—and a persuasive call to action for all who care about our world’s future.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams. Our modern digital world has pulled many of us away from nature’s beauty and soothing silence, while we also often report feeling disconnected or down. Intrigued by stories about the world's great thinkers and their communions with nature for inspiration and insight, neuroscientist Florence Williams shows why and how a walk in the woods (or similar escape) is not only good for the heart, but also good for the mind and the soul.

One Buck at a Time: An Insider's Account of How Dollar Tree Remade American Retail, by Macon Brock and Earl Swift. For over 30 years, Dollar Tree has remained true to its name and mission, defying disbelievers while faithfully serving its loyal, budget-conscious customers. In One Buck at a Time, company co-founder Macon Brock delivers a vivid and entertaining portrait of enterprise and business acuity, from Dollar Tree's humble beginnings as a five-and-dime in Norfolk, Virginia, to the company’s rise in the Fortune 500 rankings.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg wondered if she and her two children would ever recover from their deep and consuming grief. With the help of family and friends, including best-selling author, psychologist and Wharton professor Adam Grant, she learned that resilience, recovery and even joy are always within reach. For those facing adversity and loss (and for those supporting on the journey), Sandberg and Grant map the steps to help persevere —and eventually thrive.

Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas, by Steven Poole. Steven Poole believes the best ideas are rarely new. Through illuminating examples, he demonstrates that innovation owes less to a flash of inspiration than a recognition and respect for ideas of the past. For those interested in influencing change, whether in business, science or culture, Poole’s perspective is an invitation to reexamine the discarded or discredited as part of today’s—and tomorrow’s—creative mix. 

Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life, by Emily Kaiser Thelin. When legendary cookbook author Paula Wolfert started experiencing early stage dementia, her lifelong passion for Mediterranean cooking became a reliable anchor to the world drifting away. Part cookbook, part biography, Unforgettable traces Wolfert's incredible life, documenting her discovery and love for a region, its culinary traditions and culture. Thelin’s celebration of Wolfert’s lifelong bravery and boldness is also a foodie’s education in flavor, technique and delicious ingredients.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky. Hypatia, Edith Clarke, Lisa Meitner, Wang Shenyi. These trailblazing women of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) along with 46 others are joyfully saluted in this inspiring collection.  Crisp two-page biographies of remarkable scientists across geographies and centuries are complemented by playful drawings and fun facts. The next generation of young scientists (and their families) will enjoy this irresistible compendium of brilliant, passionate and tenacious achievers.

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, by Richard Haass. Richard Haass argues that today’s escalating political turmoil has been compounded by—or perhaps driven by—fissures in an old world order that prevailed over the last half century but is now ineffective. In A World in Disarray, he examines factors at play in politics and policies across the globe and documents the need for a new world order. Crucial to this is the role of the United States and the ability of its citizens and leaders to come together.


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