Books & Reading

Atlas of the Heart

By: Brene Brown

Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. In Atlas of the Heart, we explore eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human and walk through a new framework for cultivating meaningful connection. This is for the mapmakers and travelers in all of us.

Brene Brown


By: Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

BURNOUT is for women (or anyone) who has felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything they have to do, yet still worried they weren’t doing “enough.”

We wrote it because it’s the book we needed ourselves. It contains the science and stories that helped us through some of the roughest times of our lives and even may have saved Amelia’s life – twice.

Emily and Amelia Nagoski

60 Hikes within 60 miles: St. Louis

By: Steve Henry

This guide to 60 of the best hikes in the St. Louis area leads you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings.

And Other Essays

By: Tressie McMillan Cottom

One of the most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time

Rebecca Traister

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

By: Isabel Wilkerson

As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.

Isabel Wilkerson

Happy Mind Happy Life: The new science of mental well-Being

By: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

The science is clear: Happiness plays a vital role in your health. Learn how to make it a priority.

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee