Review: The Art of Choosing

The name is a bit of a misnomer, the book is less about the art of choice and more about the psychology of choice brought to life through her many experiments—particularly related to consumer choice. Iyengar is the researcher behind the famous jam study, in which shoppers could sample either 6 or 24 different varieties of jam at a grocery store, which led to six times more purchases when fewer

2017-11-16T00:10:49+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Book Review, Consumer Behavior, Decision Making|Comments Off on Review: The Art of Choosing

Review: If You Look Up to the Sky

The right book in the right child’s hand has the power to transform that child forever. I imagine, in time, If You Look Up to the Sky by Angela Dalton will transform thousands, if not millions of children’s lives. This is a book for all to love, but it is especially a book for girls of color to love. The story, inspired by Dalton’s own life and experiences, is about

2017-11-15T22:10:12+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: If You Look Up to the Sky

Review: From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis

As I was doing low rows at the gym this morning, I noticed two Somali women enter the personal training area. They were covered head to toe—one wearing a bomber jacket and skirt to the floor; the other in pants under a mid-length skirt with a long-sleeve shirt and bulky athletic jacket on top. Of course, their heads were entirely covered except for their fresh, young faces. I was both

2017-11-13T13:00:34+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Africa, Book Review, Immigration, United States|Comments Off on Review: From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis

Review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond is a quiet book and a simple, gentle story about an urban fishing trip for a boy and his dad before daybreak. It’s a love letter to a father, a celebration of family and Vietnamese culture, and a sneak peek into the immigrant experience through the eyes of a child. But it’s so much more than that. A Different Pond is a work of beauty and a

2017-11-13T12:54:28+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Immigration, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: A Different Pond

Review: The Lying Game

I have a hard and fast book rule: engage fast and deliver the goods. I like quality. And I know it when I read it. If a book doesn’t cut the mustard in quality or engagement value in the first 50-75 pages, I quietly close it, return it to the library or tuck it inside my neighbor’s Little Library hoping that the author’s beloved art will connect with another reader.

2017-10-29T21:36:38+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: The Lying Game

Review: Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism

For decades business school curriculum has included the study of stakeholders. Stakeholder [steyk-hohl-der]: A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization. Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives and policies. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources. Typically, students are trained

2017-10-29T11:38:03+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Public Relations|Comments Off on Review: Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism

Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

If you like Al Franken, you’ll like this book. It’s as simple as that. It’s a personal memoir that takes us from the backrooms of SNL, inside the campaign trail to the inner workings of Congress. The audiobook—and Franken’s voice—captivated me for a week as I traversed the Twin Cities going about my everyday life. I laughed out loud. I cringed. I laughed out loud. I cheered. I shook my

2017-10-29T11:27:30+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Memoirs, Political Science|Comments Off on Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Review: Blessed are the Dead

Although I never read the book by Thomas Harris, I watched the movie Silence of the Lambs at least sixteen times, tugged by the mechanics of Hannibal Lecter’s mind and his unique bond with Agent Clarice Starling. There’s something alluring about madness—particularly the kind that shapes a serial killer responsible for the most horrendous murders. Blessed are the Dead also features a serial killer and a gutsy Italian reporter, Gabriella

2017-10-11T12:31:32+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Psychology, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Blessed are the Dead

Review: Essays

Some things are meant to be treasured. Essays by Robert Lewis Stevenson is one of them. I reserved the collection at my local library, unaware and unprepared for the perfect little package that awaited me. Measuring 4 ½ by 6 ½ inches the book is a pocket-sized gem. Captivating my senses, I explored the pages and their contours. And what I found was simply beautiful. The backmost page contained the

2017-10-08T11:13:33+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Book Review, Essays|Comments Off on Review: Essays

Review: Slider

This is my first book by National Book Award winner, Pete Hautman, and it won’t be my last. Slider is a quirky, warm upper middle grade novel about a (sort of) regular kid named David Miller who, untrained, can eat an entire pizza in less than 5 minutes and who lives his life sandwiched between a needy, overachieving sister and an autistic little brother who the family refuses to label

2017-09-27T11:25:46+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Middle Grade|Comments Off on Review: Slider
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