8 Provocative Page-Turners to Add to Your Spring Reading List

Spring is upon us. Here are 8 books from some of WSB's top voices — like Adam Grant, Abby Wambach, and Jean Case — to read while you enjoy the outdoors.

Megan Boley

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There’s no better way to experience a person’s unique story and message than to cozy up with their latest written work. This spring, make room on your shelves for the newest collection of page-turners by WSB voices.

Covering everything from being fearless and living a good life to American history and politics, our speakers’ new and soon-to-be-released titles will prove to be both compelling and empowering.

They’re sure to provide you and your fellow readers with a fresh outlook.

1. Wolfpack by Abby Wambach

Inspired by a graduation speech she delivered at Barnard College in 2018, Abby Wambach is unleashing her newest book Wolfpack.

It’s a rallying cry for women to claim their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.

Inside, she dispels the "old rules" and restrictions society has placed on women and offers eight new rules. Each chapter includes a "call to the wolfpack" — a call to action, on how to implement the new rule in our daily lives.

“It’s a manifesto for everyone trying to lead — whether it’s a team, a company, a family, or a meaningful life,” says Serena Williams.  “For those of us who strive to do it all and know there must be a better way, Wolfpack’s New Rules are the answer."

2. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer

From bestselling author and host of History Channel's Lost History comes Brad Meltzer's newest historical page-turner.

A tale of leaders, liars, counterfeits, and jailhouse confessors, The First Conspiracy reveals the secret and deadly plot against George Washington, and how it was discovered. Meltzer teams up with Josh Mensch to unravel in detail this riveting and largely unknown story.

"This is American history at its finest … Anyone with an interest in American history will love this book," says Douglas Preston, bestselling author of “The Lost City of the Monkey God.

3. Be Fearless by Jean Case

Jean Case, National Geographic Society chairman and Case Foundation CEO, investigates the qualities common to the people and organizations that change the world.

Her book Be Fearless is a playbook and a call to action for those seeking to live extraordinary lives of purpose.

Weaving together storytelling and practical tips, Case teaches how to spark the sorts of remarkable breakthroughs that bring about transformational change.

“An inspiring book by an inspiring leader," says Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and New York Times bestselling author. "Jean Case has been in the arena as a technology pioneer and philanthropist, and this book is full of stories and advice to embolden you to take bolder risks and have bigger impact.”

4. Firefighting by Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, Hank Paulson

Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke joins forces with Tim Geithner and Hank Paulson to break down the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. Their book is called Firefighting. 

The trio reflects on the causes of the crisis and the lessons learned. They provide a valuable playbook for their successors in how to reduce the damage from future financial crises.

Inside, the authors provide a candid and powerful account of the choices they and their teams made during the crisis, working under two presidents and with the leaders of Congress.

“A clear, concise account illustrating why financial fires must be anticipated if they’re to be controlled,” says a Kirkus review.

5. Three Rules for Living a Good Life: A Game Plan for After Graduation by Lou Holtz

At his Franciscan University Steubenville commencement speech, legendary former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz gave three simple rules for life.

In his newest book, Three Rules for Living a Good Life, he expands upon these and imparts words of essential wisdom. Holtz presents his practical formula  not just for recent grads, but for everyone — to reach success in their business, personal, and spiritual lives.

"Lou presents his philosophy and game plan to help a person become a success in life. A great read,” says Dick Vitale, ESPN College Basketball Analyst.

6. Wise Guy by Guy Kawasaki

As a member of Apple's original Macintosh team in the 1980s, Guy Kawasaki's life has been an interesting and surprising journey.

In his very personal book, Wise Guy, he imparts the unlikely stories and wide range of experiences that led him to where he is today.

The Silicon Valley veteran, with over thirty years in the industry, covers a spectrum of topics — from business skills and morals to parenting.

"The book is brutally honest and highly actionable ... a collection of stories that gives you nuggets of wisdom," writes Arya Patnaik in her review on Media Brief.

7. Fully Human: 3 Steps to Grow Your Emotional Fitness in Work, Leadership, and Life by Susan Packard

From the co-founder of HGTV comes her latest book, Fully Human. Inside, Susan Packard breaks down her three-step path to emotional intelligence and teaches how we can use our emotions to fuel our success. 

With this accessible guidebook, she unpacks her "inside out" method of self-discovery and offers practical tools for being our strongest emotional selves.

From Kim Powell, New York Times bestselling author: Fully Human adds a critical element to the dialogue on leadership: a practical roadmap for improving self-awareness and curbing ego. It is a must-read for anyone who seeks to be an authentic leader and build a productive and enriching company culture!”

Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)8. Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations by Admiral William H. McRaven

Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having orchestrated some of the most famous missions in recent memory — including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

Following the success of New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, he is back with amazing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Forces. The book, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, hits bookshelves this May.

Action-packed, humorous, and full of valuable life lessons, McRaven's latest written work is a remarkable memoir covering the life and stories of one of America's most accomplished leaders.


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