Nyla Book Club

Here you will find a listing of the books the staff at NYLA read as a part of our company book club. We love new information and inspiration, and have gained a lot of both from the titles in our book club. Below each selection, we explain in a nutshell what we learned from that book, and provide a link to purchase it from Amazon. We hope that these titles help to inspire you as well.

Fall 2021

Nyla has selected Cyber Privacy by April Doss as its Fall Book Club pick. Who has your data? Why should you care? And most importantly, what can you do about it? In this book, Doss sets out to answer these questions, demystify the way we leave digital footprints in our daily lives, and reveals how that data is being used by the private sector, the government, and even our employers and schools.

April Falcon Doss spent over a decade at the National Security Agency where she held a number of positions. Since then, she has served as Senior Minority Counsel for the Russia Investigation in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She spent several years leading the cybersecurity and privacy practice of a major U.S. law firm, and is currently the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Technology Law and Policy. She teaches Internet Law and Information Privacy at the University of Maryland law school and is a regular commentator on issues relating to national security, cybersecurity, and data privacy.

Employees can email bookclub@nyla.io to request a paperback, e-book, or audiobook.

Summer 2021

Nyla has selected Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins as its Summer Book Club pick. In the book Goggins shares his nightmare childhood and his journey to become the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller. He explains how most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities and presents a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

Employees can email bookclub@nyla.io to request a paperback, e-book, or audiobook.

Spring 2021

The Nyla staff has selected Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin as its Spring Book Club pick. Your Money or Your Life  has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. It presents a nine-step program that has enabled readers to learn to live more deliberately and meaningfully.

Employees, please email bookclub@nyla.io to request your paperback, e-book, or audiobook. Stay tuned for more information on our Book Club meetup to discuss the book!

Winter 2020

Tony Hsieh was a visionary. From his first attempt at business–a worm farm at age 9–to Harvard to an online shoe empire worth over $1 billion, Hsieh was the embodiment of the American Dream. But, what Hsieh is best known for is his unique take on corporate culture and his business philosophy centering on the belief that by focusing on the happiness of those around you, you increase your own happiness as well. Unlike his more profit-minded competitors, Hsieh’s philosophy for his company Zappos extended to both his customers and staff. This focus on happiness and corporate culture as well as his sometimes unorthodox company policies landed Zappos on Fortune magazine’s annual “Best Companies to Work For” list in their first year making them the highest-ranking newcomer in the magazine’s history. It also set Zappos apart as a business pioneer and made Tony Hsieh one of the most inspirational and innovative CEOs and entrepreneurs in the world.

Tragically, Hsieh died this year, but his message and words live on in his memoir Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. In his book, we learn where he started as a young entrepreneur and the journey that led him to creating Zappos, which was acquired by Amazon by $1.2 billion.

Employees please e-mail: bookclub@nyla.io to request your hardback, paperback, or Kindle edition.

Check the newsletter for updates on when the book club will meet next! 

Fall 2020

The accolades and awards are impressive for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir: #1 New York Times Bestseller, National Book Award Winner, one of Times’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, CNN’s one of the Most Influential Books of the Decade, one of Paste’s Best Memoirs of the Decade, one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review; and the list goes on. Still, the best accolade may just be from legendary Black author Toni Morrison who called Between the World and Me “required reading.”

This beautifully written memoir is a letter written to Coates’ teenage son trying to address the racial issues that plague our nation’s history, our current way of life, as well as, his personal experiences. Born and raised in Baltimore, Coates experienced institutionalized racism, inequality, and inequity throughout his life. After graduating from Howard University, Coates became a writer for The Atlantic. It was during that time that he had a meeting with then President Obama which, along with James Baldwin’s 1963 The Fire Next Time, inspired him to write Between the World and Me.  

The NY Times called the book “essential, like water or air.” More timely now than ever, Between the World and Me is a must read to keep we strive to not just be “not racist” but “anti-racist.” As Coates says to his son  “You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body.”

Employees please e-mail: bookclub@nyla.io to request your hardback, paperback, or Kindle edition.

Check the newsletter for updates on when and where the book club will meet next!

Summer 2020

In these modern times, data is essential. We depend on data in all areas of life and count on accurate complete data to make educated decisions in business, as well as, our personal lives. However, what some might not be as aware of is that there is a significant, systematic gender bias when it comes to gathering data. When men are considered the “default” and women are considered “atypical”, women can and do pay the price for this bias in every aspect of life from health care, car design, and even snow removal to health care. Sometimes this bias can even cost women their lives. 

Winner of the 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and Winner of the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, Invisible Women will open your eyes to the gender bias that has been baked into the system, designed by men, since the beginning. 

According to the Times (UK), “Invisible Women is a game-changer; an uncompromising blitz of facts, sad, mad, bad and funny, making an unanswerable case and doing so brilliantly. …the ambition and scope — and sheer originality — of Invisible Women is huge; no less than the story of what happens when we forget to account for half of humanity. It should be on every policymaker, politician and manager’s shelves.” 

Author Caroline Criado Perez is an award-winning and bestselling writer, broadcaster, campaigner, and consultant. She won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award 2013 and in 2015 she was named an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

Employees please e-mail: bookclub@nyla.io to request your hardback, paperback, or Kindle edition.

Check the newsletter for updates on when and where the book club will meet next!

Winter 2020

Nyla is pleased to announce that the Winter 2020 Book Club selection will be Ray Dalio’s best-selling book Principles: Life and Work. Ray Dalio has been called both “The Steve Jobs of Investing” and “The Philosopher King of the Financial Universe.”  Dalio started his company, Bridgewater Associates, out of his NYC apartment in 1975 and grew it into the 5th most important private company in the United States, as rated by Fortune magazine. He turned Bridgewater into the most lucrative hedge fund in history, and today Dalio is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs.  Pretty impressive to say the least.

In Principles: Life and Work, a NY Times #1 Bestseller, Dalio explains the unconventional approach he takes to running his company, one that he calls “an idea meritocracy.” According to Dalio, this means his company “strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.” Dalio insists it’s this approach that is responsible for Bridgewater’s success.

Dalio says that all things: “life, management, economics, and investing can be systemized into rules and understood like machines.” He also believes that these rules are invaluable to not only running a business but that they also help provide a direct and purposeful way of approaching problem-solving and decision-making that can be utilized in all areas of life, no matter what your objectives and goals are.

Employees please e-mail: bookclub@nyla.io to request your hardback, paperback, or Kindle edition.

Check the newsletter for updates on when and where the book club will meet next!

Fall 2019

Nyla is pleased to announce that the Fall Book Club selection will be Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, written by Adam Grant.  The #1 New York Times bestseller examines how people can champion new ideas and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B.


Adam Grant has been Wharton Business School’s top-rated teacher for four straight years at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40.


In Originals, Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original—choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?
Grant explores becoming “original” through a study of a wide array of the human experience: sports, business, entertainment, and politics. He investigates how to see an original idea, how best to present it, and how to build a team to support an idea. Grant showcases how we can teach these skills to our children and how welcoming dissent can lead to brave, new ideas. Through stories from Apple, CIA, and Seinfeld, Adam Grant invites us to reject conformity and inspire innovative change.


Nyla chose this book to specifically to encourage all to bring innovative change in the workplace. At Nyla, we believe that all employees have and should bring disruptive, game-changing ideas to their work, making this book a perfect selection for our 2019 Fall Book Club.


Further, as adversaries are continuously working in clever, cheap, fast, and effective ways, so must we. In fact, we must be better. The US needs fresh ideas implemented quickly and successfully in order to outmaneuver those who seek to infiltrate our defenses. This speed of innovation is critical to the continued success and safety of our nation.


Employees please e-mail: bookclub@nyla.io to request your hardback, paperback, or Kindle edition.


Check the newsletter for updates on when and where the book club will meet next!

Summer 2019

The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, written by motivational speaker, Mark Sanborn, is our Summer Book Club pick! It is about a mail carrier named Fred who loves his job and the people he provides mail service to, dearly. His passion for his career and the people he serves is so deep that he takes every opportunity he can to make a difference in their lives, and help them out.

Throughout this book, Sanborn displays the steps through Fred’s life to show that we can all take our ordinary jobs and lives, and turn them into extraordinary experiences. The four basic principles he uses are how to become more successful and build relationships, how to reinvent yourself constantly, how to make real differences every day, and how to create value for others without spending any money. Reading and understanding this book while applying it to our lives will make a huge difference. The Fred Factor can help us see the good in everything and find ways to turn everything into an opportunity. We too can be Freds! This is the perfect quick read for your busy summer.

Winter 2019

Nyla’s Winter 2019 Book Club pick is LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Anyone who uses social media will enjoy this in-depth look into the relationship between social media, war, and politics. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking, two defense experts, look at ISIS, Taylor Swift, the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and Russian hipsters and more.

Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics while simultaneously war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, “Twitter wars” produce real‑world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.

Singer and Brooking tackle the mind‑bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts?  Find out when you read LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media!

Fall 2018

His life has often been called a rags-to-riches story, but Mark Cuban himself would more likely call it a story of tireless work, constant education, and never giving up on the dream of being successful. Today Mark Cuban is known as the charming billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, and a “shark” on the ABC reality show Shark Tank, where he has invested over 19.9 million dollars in start-up companies. In his book, How To Win At the Sport of Business, Mark Cuban talks about his humble beginnings as the son of an automobile upholsterer. From his very first job at 12 years old, selling garbage bags door-to-door, to giving disco dance lessons to sorority girls, to bartending, to sleeping on friends’ couches, to finally starting his first technology company. How To Win At The Sport of Business is a collection of short works written by Cuban himself detailing all the techniques and strategies he discovered and honed on his journey to being a successful entrepreneur. This is not a story about luck, but a story about how he discovered determination and hard work are the only barriers to success. 

Summer 2018

Skunk Works was the name of the top secret, World War II, aerospace aircraft design program charged with building the United States government the fastest, stealth and fighter planes of the time. In this biography of the same name, Ben Rich, the second director of the program for over two decades, recounts the efforts of the scientists, engineers, CIA personnel, and Air Force pilots who made Skunk Works into one of the most remarkable and revolutionary aviation companies in military history. Not only does the book delve into the personal histories and anecdotes of the people involved in the company, along with detailed descriptions of aviation engineering, the book also takes a look at the managerial tactics Ben Rich brought to the company that elevated it to new heights. He discusses the benefits of utilizing techniques such as eliminating bureaucracy, maintaining constant communication, employing a small team with above average talent, and other unique approaches that structured the company to be as efficient as possible. Remembered as the “Father of Stealth,” Ben Rich’s Skunk Works is an incredible account of the marvels that can be accomplished when a company with a strong leader and passionate employees push beyond the limits of human imagination.

Spring 2018

The idea of utilizing psychology to influence or persuade others to doing what you want is not new, and those not born with this innate ability often seek out instructors or programs to help them develop this skill for themselves. There are many resources that cater to teaching people how to influence others, but very few approach it from the viewpoint of protecting people from the influence of others. First published over three decades ago, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion has become a staple in the field of psychology and Fortune places it on its list of the “75 Smartest Business Books.” In this book, Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D discusses what he calls “weapons of persuasion.” They are six universal principles that are so effective, they can be used to influence a person to happily perform actions for others. Actions that can be irrational or go entirely against that person’s own self-interests. Cialdini’s main focus is to have the reader understand that it is more important to protect oneself from influence than learning how to influence others. This involves vigilance in social interactions, honing one’s intuition, and utilizing other methods to prevent one from succumbing to manipulation or unwanted influence.