That's A Wrap: End of Year Highlights
As 2018 draws to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year it has been here at Fletcher & Co. With a variety of end of year list mentions and a major motion picture premier, we are excited to share some highlights. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year, too.
BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was a brilliant entrepreneur whose startup promised to revolutionize the medical industry. The problem? The technology didn't work. A tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Time’s #1 Nonfiction Book of 2018, Financial Times Book of the Year, New York Times 100 Notable Books, NPR Best of the Year, Amazon’s Top 20 Books of the Year, Audible’s Top Book of the Year: Nonfiction, Bill Gates Top 5 Books of the Year
THE WINTER SOLDIER by Daniel Mason
Vienna, 1914. Lucius, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, enlists when World War I explodes across Europe. He arrives at his post only to find the other doctors have fled. The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.
LAB RATS by Dan Lyons
At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtually every industry--are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? With Lab Rats, Lyons shows how new tools, workplace practices, and business models have shattered the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees.
I AM, I AM, I AM by Maggie O’Farrell
An astonishing memoir of the seventeen near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined O’Farrell’s life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, a teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. And, most terrifying of all, a struggle to protect her daughter from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable.
THE CAREGIVER by Samuel Park
Mara Alencar's mother Ana—woman who does everything in her power to care for her little girl—is Mara’s moon, sun, and stars. They take turns caring for each other—in ways big and small. But when Ana becomes involved with a civilian rebel group, Mara is forced to emigrate to California and become a caregiver to a dying woman. It’s here that she begins to grapple with her past and starts to uncover vital truths about her mother, herself, and what it means to truly take care of someone.
Real Simple’s Best Books of 2018
THE SPARSHOLT AFFAIR BY Alan Hollinghurst
In 1940, David Sparsholt arrives at Oxford to study engineering. Handsome, athletic, charismatic, he is unaware of his powerful effect on others—especially on Evert Dax, the lonely and romantic son of a celebrated novelist. A friendship develops between David and Evert that will influence their lives for decades to come.
Dying for a Paycheck by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Exploring a range of important topics including layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, work hours, job autonomy, and why people remain in toxic environments, Pfeffer offers guidance and practical solutions all of us—employees, employers, and the government—can use to enhance workplace wellbeing.
LOST AND FOUNDER by Rand Fishkin
Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. His hard-won lessons are applicable to any kind of business environment. Up or down the chain of command, at both early stage startups and mature companies, whether your trajectory is riding high or not: this book can help solve your problems, and make you feel less alone for having them.
THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren Markham
In El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, the United States was a distant fantasy to twins Ernesto and Raul Flores. In this chronicle of contemporary immigration, Lauren Markham follows the lives of the Flores twins with intimate access & breathtaking range.
NYT Book Review Best Books of the Year, Ridenhour Book Prize Winner, The California Book Award Silver Winner, Los Angeles Times Book Prize: Finalist, Shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, Longlisted for the Pen/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS by John Guy
In Mary Queen of Scots, John Guy creates an intimate portrait of one of history’s most famous women, depicting her place in history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources, he dispels the image of Mary Stuart as a romantic leading lady and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.
Made into a major motion picture starring Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie and Academy Award winner Saoirse Ronan