Off the Shelf is pleased to welcome Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp to the blog today to share a special message about two books, HIGH CONFLICT by Amanda Ripley and LET’S TALK ABOUT HARD THINGS by Anna Sale, that he feels are vital to having more productive conversations about tough topics. He believes these books are so important, in fact, that Simon & Schuster is actually giving them away for FREE in eBook and audio download formats to anyone who wants them this month. But we’ll let him take it from here…
Normally, book publishers do not like to give books away. But we at Simon & Schuster feel so strongly about what these books can do for all of us, as individuals and as citizens, that we want to make them freely available to all Americans for one month, as eBooks and digital audiobooks.
Both of these books are about how we communicate with each other–how we get past our disagreements and have better, more productive, and more satisfying conversations. According to the latest polling, a majority of Americans recognize that we are divided, and that the divisions seem to be growing wider and more acrimonious. These books both offer insight into mediation, understanding, and maybe even reconciliation.
I hope you’ll read these books. I hope you’ll tell others to read them as well. I am certain that they will enrich your approach to difficult conversations. Perhaps we if we all get a little better at having those difficult conversations, we’ll begin to find more common ground.
Offer ends July 31, 2022. Available in the U.S. and Canada only.