1. Finding My Voice, Valerie Jarrett
Obama’s senior adviser’s book does more than reflect on the golden years of the Obama era—her story is a road map to how we can effect change from the bottom up.
2. Beloved, Toni Morrison
I am still unpacking the movie Us. My favorite podcast, Still Processing, pointed me back to this classic novel for clues that might help me to understand the film’s deeper meaning.
3. Winners Take All, Anand Giridharadas
In an age when brands capitalize on social entrepreneurship, this book exposes the role those same companies play in creating the ills they purport to resolve.
4. The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
I discovered this book when I graduated from college, and it helped me survive one of the most confusing, panicked, and exciting turning points in my life. It’s the only book I reread during big life transitions.
Elaine Welteroth’s book More Than Enough comes out on June 11th.