Tessa West, author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them recommends a fantastic set of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Tessa's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I read a lot of science fiction, which most people don't necessarily consider "smart thinking" but I certainly do. One of my favorite smart thinking books is Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. As a social psychologist, reading about battles of power, status, and knowledge sharing--among highly evolved spiders(!)--scratches all of my itches. It's the best book on strategic thinking that I've read in a long time. Tchaikovsky can really hop into the minds of a million different types of people, with different backgrounds and goals, and give you insights that you can carry with you to real life.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Recently I read The Power of Us by Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer. It's about how our identities shape everything about us--from how we interact with each other one-on-one, to what makes us susceptible to conspiratorial thinking. A smart, super informative read. I would give it 10 out of 10.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Yes, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. It was the first time I cried while reading a book (I didn't cry again until that scene in Harry Potter when Harry accepts his fate and walks into the forest to be killed by Voldermort). I'll never forget that experience.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I'm old school. Paper, physical books for me.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I live in New York which has loads of cool book shops. But nothing beats the Strand. You can find anything there--and the history of the place alone is enough to draw me in.
Many thanks to Tessa for recommending a fantastic set of books! Please don't forget to check out Tessa's book Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them.
Image Copyrights: Ebury Publishing (Jerks at Work), Pan Macmillan (Children of Time), Headline Publishing Group (The Power Of Us), Random House USA Inc (Where The Red Fern Grows).