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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
Rachel Joyce
Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
Ellen J. Prager
Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change - Adam Kahane 2 1/2 stars.

I mean, I don't think what he's saying is a bad idea at all; it's great. But I didn't really find the writing to my liking. It's a lot of 'this person did this, this person said that, a quote from a philosopher, love without power is sentimental and anemic!!!' (I cannot tell you how many times he said this last part--"love without power is sentimental and anemic"--I think it must have been at least a dozen.)

Also, I was hoping for more things that normal people could do. He's like, 'oh yeah there were ten of us and we raised millions of dollars.' ?!?! Qu'est-ce que c'est?! By that point I'd hope they already know everything in this book and have a much more rigorous analysis, much more complex ideas and lessons to impart. He gives you a brief rundown of some scenario-planning workshops but doesn't ever really get into any kind of details about how you do it--just that you should, and here are some vague examples of it happening, here's an outline of what it should look like, and, well, go on your merry way. I was much more interested in the psychology behind actually doing it, or people working together. I wrote down some names of other authors he cites that sound like they might be a little more up that alley.