Books to read in 2022

Looking to add to your reading list? Making a list of interesting books to read is a great way to bring in the new year. Reading helps you explore important topics that enhances your knowledge of various aspects of society.

We asked leaders from some of our partner agencies for some of their favorites.

Check out their recommendations below:

The Sum of Us: What racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together by Heather McGhee

Michelle Tucker, President and CEO, United Way of Greater St. Louis

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Jason McClelland, Senior Executive Director, American Cancer Society

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Kevin Drollinger, President and Executive Director, Provident Behavioral Health

I’ve Been Marching All the Time: An Autobiography by Xernona Clayton and Hal Gulliver

Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis


Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant

Claire Wyneken, President and CEO, Wyman Center


The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson

Pat Holtermann-Hommes, President and CEO, Youth in Need


Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Joe Sadewasser, Scout Executive and CEO, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America


Stop and Frisk: American Poems by Jabari Asim

Brenda Mahr, Chief Executive Officer, Employment Connection


Lydon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Dan Glazier, Executive Director and General Counsel, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mind Shift by Jill Vitale-Aussem

Adam Marles, President and CEO, Lutheran Senior Services



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Rodney Humphries
Rodney Humphries

Rodney Humphries is the Communications Specialist for United Way of Greater St. Louis and a proud graduate of Webster University where he developed his passion for writing. In college, he combined his love for writing and sports, serving as the primary sports writer for his school newspaper while also developing his own sports blog. After graduating, he continued his love for writing as he served as a freelance writer for various publications. Rodney continues to be a fan of Webster athletics, you will often see him sitting courtside at a lot of their basketball games.