Pick up right where the TEDxMileHigh talks left off! Now, you can dig deeper into the ideas presented on stage with books written by the speakers themselves.


Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines

Calling the Shots is a rich, multi-faceted examination into the attitudes and beliefs of parents who choose not to immunize their children. Jennifer Reich presents a researched, impartial, and well-rounded book chronicling the why behind American parents’ voluntary vaccine refusal. She reveals how parents who opt out of vaccinations see their decision: what they fear, what they hope to control, and what they believe is in their child’s best interest.

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Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System

In Fixing Families, Jennifer Reich takes us inside Child Protective Services for an in-depth look at the entire organization. Following families from the beginning of a case to its discharge, she shows how parents negotiate with the state for custody of their children, and how being held accountable to the state affects a family.

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Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go

This remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.

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White People Really Love Salad

Using her own childhood experiences, Dr. Mosby Tyler discusses the imprint that social climates, race relations, stereotypes, education systems and parenting had in shaping her perspectives. Ultimately, she shares, “those perspectives have been the source and muse for many of my adult successes… and missteps.” Everyone has a story and those stories are worthy of being revisited as insight into who we are today.

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Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love

Equal parts inspiration and tough love, Do it Scared combines practical, easy-to-implement strategies for overcoming fear and resistance in your life, along with the motivation and encouragement to actually start making real changes that lead to big results. It’s the the book designed to help you not only face your fears head on, but create a concrete action plan that will help you move forward, so that you can finally start creating the life you’ve always dreamed of–a life you love.

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Ravine

Ravine is a strategic and cooperative survival card game. You and your friends survived the plane crash, but will you survive the night? Work together to forage for food, craft a fire, and build shelter, but be wary: every step you take in the ravine could be one step closer to madness. Danny Rankin created the game in a game design class, and it later became one of the most popular card game Kickstarters of 2017.

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Activism on the Web

Activism on the Web examines the everyday tensions that political activists face as they come to terms with the increasingly commercialized nature of web technologies. Barassi suggests that if we want to understand how new technologies are affecting political participation and democratic processes, we should not focus on disruption and novelty, but we should instead explore the complex dialectics between digital discourses and digital practices; between the technical and the social.

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Sex in the Sea

Sex in the Sea uniquely connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans. Through overfishing, climate change, and ocean pollution we are disrupting the creative procreation that drives the wild abundance of life in the ocean. With wit and scientific rigor, Hardt introduces us to the researchers and innovators who study the wet and wild sex lives of ocean life and offer solutions that promote rather than prevent, successful sex in the sea.

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Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants

In Migrating to Prison, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández takes a hard look at the immigration prison system’s origins, how it currently operates, and why. He tackles the emergence of immigration imprisonment in the mid-1980s and looks at the outsized presence of private prisons. Interspersed with powerful stories of people caught up in the immigration imprisonment industry, this book is a radical reimagining of the United States: who belongs and on what criteria is that determination made?

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She's My Dad: A Father's Transition and a Son's Redemption

She’s My Dad explores a character’s long and winding journey toward reconciliation, forgiveness, and acceptance of his father as well as his church’s journey to become one of the few fully LGBTQ-inclusive, evangelical churches in America. The authors offer insight and encouragement for those with transgender family members, empathizing with the feelings of loss and trauma and understanding that even being LGBTQ-affirming doesn’t mean the transition of a family member will be easy. 

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Mom, I'm Gay

When your child reveals that he or she is attracted to the same sex, how you respond may have a lot to do with your faith. Doesn’t the Bible say that’s wrong? Will we have to leave our church? Worst of all, you may wonder, “Do I have to choose between my Christian faith and my child?” Susan Cottrell is a mom who has been there and wants you to know that loving and accepting your gay child does not mean abandoning or even compromising your faith. This is not a book about the politics or morality of homosexuality. This is a book about how to respond with love and support during this vulnerable time for your child. 

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Bitterroot

In Bitterroot, Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. Making sense of her family, the American Indian history of assimilation, and the very real—but culturally constructed—concept of race helped Harness answer the often puzzling questions of stereotypes, a sense of nonbelonging, the meaning of family, and the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance.

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American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

With memorable accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, The American Eclipse animates the drama of 19th-century science in America. This epic tale recounted through the mythologized age of the Wild West reveals the ambition, failure, and glory in the grueling race to witness a total solar eclipse. Historically, this rare celestial event has prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier hoping to expose some of the solar system’s most enduring riddles.

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Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

Research shows that self-awareness, i.e. knowing who we are and how others see us, is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. Just one problem: most people aren’t as self-aware as clearly as they could be. Fortunately, it’s a surprisingly developable skill. Tasha Eurich’s research in the Fortune 500 world shows us what it really takes to better understand ourselves on the inside — and how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how we come across.

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The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone

The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We’ve mastered fire, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome — yet we’re error-prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. Constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our brain: in our possessions, our environment, and the community with which we interact—usually, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. This book explains how true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the collective consciousness around us.

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The Law of Action: Master Key to the Universe We Actually Live In

Let’s be realistic! The ‘Laws of Attraction’ have been compromised. If staying mentally focused on what you want were enough to attract it, you’d have it by now. Although the laws of the mind are powerful tools, there is another side of the equation: The Laws of Action. It is the spiritual growth that comes from the doing, even if the doing is hard. Theo E.J. Wilson uses his own life to lay out a hands-on, practical, common sense guide to making the most of the potential latent within us all.

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Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture

Who owns the past and the objects that physically connect us to history? And who has the right to decide this ownership, particularly when the objects are sacred or, in the case of skeletal remains, human? Is it the museums that care for the objects or the communities whose ancestors made them? These questions are at the heart of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, an unflinching insider account by a leading curator who has spent years learning how to balance these controversial considerations.

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Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead

You’re 14 years old, bright, and especially loved, but you’re a lonely outsider. Enter America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead gang, where you rise to the top, overseeing brutal, drunken street brawls, recruitment by foreign terrorist dictators, and riotous white power rock music. This was Christian Picciolini experience, ultimately coming to realize his hate-filled life was built on lies and reinvented himself. He recounts his cautionary tale in order to advocate for peace, inclusion, and racial diversity.

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Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent

Criminalization and abstinence policies meant to curb sexting often fail to account for distinctions between consensual sharing and malicious distribution—and just plain unrealistic. Anxieties about technology and teen girls’ sexuality distract us from critical questions about how to adapt norms of privacy and consent to the digital age. Sexting Panic challenges the idea that sexting inevitably victimizes young women while advocating the capacity for young people to make their own choices.

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Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry

The appetite for marijuana is exponential — and it’s not going away. In fact, cannabis today is practically an entirely different product than what most people think it is, so before you start saying, ‘What’s the big deal about legalizing weed?’ there’s a lot you should know. From new methods of consumption (“cosmic cookies”) and hiking potencies to the deluge of advertisements and the political agendas behind the guise of American capitalism, the cannabis culture has evolved.

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What Works For Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know

Negotiate more! Stop being such a wimp! Stop being such a witch! Often women receive messages that they have only themselves to blame for failing to get ahead— it’s not their fault. The fact is office politics often benefit men over women. Distilling more than 35 years of research, What Works for Women at Work is an insightful, comprehensive toolkit for getting ahead in today’s workplace, guiding women on how to be savvier than men to survive and thrive in high-powered careers.

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Where War Lives: A Photographic Journal of Vietnam

For two searing years during the Vietnam war, Dick Durrance served as the photographer for the U.S. Army. With one camera slung around his neck, he snapped roll after roll of film to be sent to Washington to be used for archival purposes. With the other, he took photographs himself. Where War Lives is an incredible expression of journalistic photography. The result is a powerful, tragic, and unflattering document of America’s infamous war.

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