Summer is the perfect time to unplug and lose yourself in a good book. The best books change the way we view the world, how we interact with others, and maybe even the direction of our lives. And since work is such a big part of life, great books often have an impact on our work lives, too. So to kick off the summer vacation season, Fast Company is launching our Summer Book Club.
How it will work
Inspired by the “One Book, One New York” program, we’re asking readers to vote from a list of four books for the one that we’ll all read together this summer. Voting is open via a Twitter poll from 8 a.m. ET from Wednesday, July 4 to 5 p.m. ET Monday, July 9. The book with the most votes wins!
Over July and August, Fast Company staffers from our editorial, social, photo teams, and beyond will join Fast Company readers in reading the selected book. We’ll post our thoughts and invite readers to join in fun events, including a possible live chat with the author.
The books we’re nominating
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu
Praise from FC staff: It’s about the fight for our attention, from old school newspapers to Facebook. Wu pushes readers to think in a fresh way about the whiplash changes reshaping media.
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Praise from FC staff: For starters, it’s pretty incredible journalism that explores the relationship between a group of coworkers in a severe crisis, trying to balance organizational and personal responsibility. It’s also just excellent, gripping writing that touches on severe weather and climate change, urbanism, crisis management issues.
Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
Praise from FC staff: It’s hard enough for reporters to understand what makes someone tick when interviewing them, and a seemingly impossible task with sources that a journalist never met. Yet in Black Edge, Sheelah Kolhatkar manages to paint a vivid picture of legendary and reclusive billionaire investor Stevie Cohen, without having ever spoken with him. Her impressive and entertaining account of his rise, fall, and irrepressible ego is a fascinating window onto the U.S. financial system.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Praise from FC staff: The great dystopian corporate novel. Eggers employs humor and later suspense to show how
Google The Circle seduces and manipulates the world into ceding its privacy.
Click here to cast your vote.
—Fast Company (@FastCompany) July 3, 2018