We asked some friends for recommendations of books that have been published in recent months, and other books they’ve read and enjoyed recently. Here’s our spring reading list.


One of the greatest challenges facing all of us, across the political spectrum, is how to better connect with people in our increasingly divided, and divisive, culture. Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (Random House, 208 pp., $28) is itself a brave book, offering important insights into how the increased sorting into political groups has, ironically, left many people feeling more isolated and alone. Brown provides a fascinating exploration of how and why differing ideological groups work to objectify and marginalize. Offering simple, practical advice on how to show and grow our authentic selves while at the same time recognizing others as equally unique and vulnerable, the book helps us find a path forward. Both intriguing and informative, it’s an important book for any conservative who wants to be a better advocate for our ideals and for a more civil, respectful society.

Heather Higgins is the CEO of Independent Women’s Voice.