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

Review: Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jason is a funny guy and this is a funny book--from a WSJ sports writer! Go figure. In Little Victories, Jason, a fortyish, regular guy reflects on his life in a collection of essays on different mundane topics. There's no venom here, or slapstick—it’s all Seinfeld-like humor about everyday stuff like being cool (or

2017-07-08T19:07:00+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Essays, Humor, Nonfiction|Comments Off on Review: Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

Review: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab My rating: 4 of 5 stars The technological revolution before us promises to bring change and disruption on a scale and scope never experienced before. Schwab outlines the drivers and impacts of the revolution on our economy, business, society and international landscape. Additionally, and perhaps my favorite part of the book, is the Appendix which includes a summary of the transformational shifts expected,

2017-07-08T19:04:01+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Economics, Nonfiction, Technology|Comments Off on Review: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Review: Bees: A Honeyed History

Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. It's been a long time since I've been blown away by a beauty like Bees: A Honeyed History. When I came upon the book at BN, I was breathless. Its massive size, gorgeous, vibrant illustrations and content that celebrates our helpful little friends are pure delight. I couldn't help but pick it up! In fact, I

2017-07-08T19:00:29+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Nonfiction, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: Bees: A Honeyed History

Review: I Really Like Slop!

I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the ultimate story about friendship, and the lengths we go to for our very best friend--even if it means eating slop! I've read this story just once but my smile lingers. I Really Like Slop is about as cute as stories come. Wonderful humor. Endearing characters. Classic friendship. It's a perfect read aloud for silly

2017-07-08T18:57:33+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Beginning Reader, Book Review, Children-s|Comments Off on Review: I Really Like Slop!
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