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Books and Podcast Recommendations From WTF 2021 Speakers

We asked this year’s WTF 2021 speakers and moderators to share what they’ve been reading & listening to lately. Here are there recommendations.



  • Rachel Holt: Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
  • Maria Zhang: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant 
  • Surabhi Gupta: Working Backwards: Insights, Stories & Secrets from Inside Amazon by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr  
  • Katie Haun: My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future by Indra Nooyi
  • Erika Nardini: Norma Kamali: I am Invincible by Norma Kamali. 
  • Sinead Bovell, Hannah Miller, Kate Clark: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 
  • Jeremi Gorman: Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés 
  • Maya Watson: ​​Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler
  • Janice Min:  Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker; Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork by Reeves Wiedeman
  • Sinead Bovell: AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee
  • Rashida Jones: Linchpin: Are you Indispensable by Seth Godin
  • Donna Langley: The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis
  • Sarah Krouse: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Kim Scott: Citizen and Just Us, both by Claudia Rankine; and The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
  • Jenny Fleiss: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  • Jessica Toonkel: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.
  • ​​Elizabeth Weil: Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy by Isadore Sharp and The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo 
  • Laurie Yoler: Be Board Ready: The Secrets to Landing a Board Seat and Being a Great Director by Betsy Atkins
  • Bitcoin Frankie: Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies by Nik Bhatia and The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous  


  • Cory Haik:  Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart 
  • Prachi Gupta: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Kathryn Murdoch: The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Amy Weaver: French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  • Hannah Miller: Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang and The Vanishing Half: by Britt Bennett 

Books Authored by WTF Speakers

  • Kim Scott: Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity
  • Eve Rodsky: Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)
  • Sophie Brickman: Baby, Unplugged: One Mother's Search for Balance, Reason, and Sanity in the Digital Age


  • Jeremi Gorman: Crime Junkie 
  • Sinead Bovell: In Machines We Trust (MIT Technology Review)
  • Erika Nardini hosts Token CEO
  • Donna Langley: Duchess
  • Barbara Messing: The Daily by the New York Times 
  • Juthica Chou: What Bitcoin Did 
  • Kaya Yurieff: Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  • Kate Clark: Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • Elizabeth Weil: WorkLife with Adam Grant and Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History 
  • Paris Martineau: Maintenance Phase
  • Sarah Krouse: Bad Blood: The Final Chapter
  • Laura Mandaro: HISTORY This Week podcasts from the History Channel, which I can listen to with my eight-year-old on the ride to school. 

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