Review: Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence

Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence by Andy Molinsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is about how to get outside your comfort zone but it’s also about something bigger: how to adjust your own behavior without losing yourself in the process. When we lack a skill in an area, it can impact our success.

2017-07-08T19:53:22+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Leadership, Nonfiction, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence

Review: Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems

Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems by Brian Christian My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most of our decision-making happens unconsciously. Our autopilot mode works wonders a lot of the time. But sometimes not-so-much. Moving our brains from automatic mode to contemplative or "let's stop a moment and think about this" mode, can lead to better decisions and better outcomes.Algorithms to Live By

2017-07-08T19:49:15+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Computer Science, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems

Review: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a lifelong student of consumer and human behavior, I wasn't sure I'd get much out of this book. But because some of my favorite thinking minds raved about it, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Hit Makers is a hit. It reinforced what I

2017-07-08T19:45:00+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entertainment & Media, Nonfiction, Psychology, Social Science|Comments Off on Review: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Review: Perfectly Undone

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree My rating: 4 of 5 stars Meh. This is what I thought when I read the inside flap of Perfectly Undone. But I was in a tough spot: I wanted a new fiction read and this was the most promising option among the stack of advance reader copies in front of me. So, I grabbed the book, expecting little more than to tide me over

2017-07-08T19:37:37+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Family Life, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: Perfectly Undone

Review: The Finishing School

The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes a book delivers exactly what you want when you want it. The Finishing School did just that for me so I'm giving it—and Joanna Goodman—5 stars for extraordinary timing and sensational storytelling. I read a lot of nonfiction--mostly nonfiction. Of course, I absolutely love it--I love to learn, I love to stretch, I love to challenge my

2017-07-08T19:34:27+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: The Finishing School

Review: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a powerful book not just for caregivers of children with "disorders" but for those who spent their childhood feeling "different" or "stupid" or otherwise "not quite right" then went on to achieve lots later. There's also a larger message in here for everyone else to take away: "different" is

2017-07-08T19:31:12+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a pragmatic and entirely refreshing take on business and leadership. It's one of the most useful--if not the most useful--business books I've read in ages. Easy to read and straight-talking, Horowitz provides actionable, insightful advice backed with real stories

2017-07-08T19:26:04+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Leadership|Comments Off on Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Review: Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science

Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science by Clair Brown My rating: 4 of 5 stars Although longer than it needs to be, this is an important body of work. The premise of the book is that major worldwide challenges, such as global warming and income inequality, are profoundly influenced by economics--economic policy--and that our current economic policies (and primary measure--GDP) are failing to address, --no, they are

2017-07-08T19:21:06+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Economics, Nonfiction, Philosophy|Comments Off on Review: Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science

Review: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery My rating: 4 of 5 stars What is it about the human-animal connection? How is it that the soft touch (or mere thought) of an animal can instantly quiet the mind and melt the heart? My nervous system reacted much the same way while reading The Soul of an Octopus. Fascinating, thoughtful and tender--I

2017-07-08T19:16:08+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Animals, Biology, Book Review, Nonfiction, Science|Comments Off on Review: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Review: The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein My rating: 5 of 5 stars In a crisis? Busting your hump but getting nowhere with your life? Your dream? Your plans and goals? If you are even remotely spiritual and believe in a Higher Power—whatever that means for you—pick up this book. The few vapid parts are overshadowed by oodles wisdom in the form of affirmations, inspirations,

2017-07-08T19:12:30+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Personal Development, Spiritual|Comments Off on Review: The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
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