Gwendolyn Bounds

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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein

This superb, scientifically backed narrative made me a more clear-eyed problem solver and a more strategic athlete.

by Sebastian Junger

I interviewed Junger while working at the Wall Street Journal and remain struck by his ability to find what is extraordinary in the ordinary. Through his journey walking railroad lines, Junger claws the word “freedom” back from politicization and reexamines in a succinct 147 pages about what it means to be human.

Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents
by Octavia E. Butler

These dystopian classics feel like must-reads or rereads coming out of the events of 2020.

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