My Favorite Books of 2015

I read a lot of books last year, but these are the ones that stuck with me long after I put them down.
  1. Linchpin by Seth Godin
    An essential read on how to become a "linchpin" - an indispensable part of any organization. Godin encourages the reader to perform "emotional work" at a high level, work smarter (not harder), and to consider what they do as an art form. Clear, concise writing; a great read for young people entering the work force.
  2. Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull
    Disney/Pixar Animation President Ed Catmull takes us on a tour of how Pixar ascended from startup to successful animation studio. Catmull discusses the key ingredients to the studio's success: protecting creativity and encouraging a culture of honesty and transparency. Great read on management for any company.
  3. Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
    A fictional collection as dreamed by Albert Einstein in the early 1900s as he discovers his theory of time. Every chapter features a town which exhibits time unusually; in one city, a lifetime passes in a day, in another, as you travel toward the center of the city, time passes more and more slowly. A delightful, poetic read of surreal and strange worlds.
  4. Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
    An intimate look into the filmmaking process, from start to finish. Lumet takes us on a guided tour of the movie making business, based on his personal experiences. A wonderful education on filmmaking; a necessary read for any filmmaker.
  5. Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
    A sharply written Italian novel about Olga, a thirty-eight year old woman married to Mario, living in Turin with her two children. The opening sentence is a gut-punch: "One April afternoon, right after lunch, my husband announced that he wanted to leave me." And down the rabbit hole Olga goes; a feverish literary dream of a woman who loses her mind after being abandoned by her husband.