/Nonfiction

Review: This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States

This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States by Anja Manuel My rating: 4 of 5 stars The author served as an official at the US Department of State from 2005-2007, responsible for South Asia policy. She traveled extensively across China and India and this book is a collection of her observations, insights, and knowledge of two great and increasingly powerful economies. The book is a joy to

2017-07-08T18:18:22+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Political Science|Comments Off on Review: This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States

Review: The Polar Bear

The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a stunning book. The illustrations are captivating, ethereal and exude emotion. The illustrator masterfully captures the warmth and power of the human-animal bond, while communicating her obvious love and respect for animals and wildlife. Desmond "sees" beauty in the polar bear and, by way of her work, so do we--the visuals are truly enchanting. The accompanying

2017-07-08T17:44:41+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Nonfiction, Science|Comments Off on Review: The Polar Bear

Review: The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars I've never been a SyFy fan and Neil Gaiman has never been on my radar screen--that is until I heard him speak live. I was inspired by his thoughts and words so I picked up The View from the Cheap Seats in audio format. Oh, am I glad I did! As I weaved

2017-07-08T17:39:53+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Essays, Nonfiction|Comments Off on Review: The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

Review: Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior by Jonah Berger My rating: 5 of 5 stars There's something disquieting about reading a book that shines a bright light on our motivations and behaviors--the ugly ones, the ones we don't really want to "own," the ones about how we are constantly shaped by the people around us, how we strive to increase our associations to others (groups) we find attractive,

2017-07-08T17:33:17+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Consumer Behavior, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior

Review: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book. Why? Because it validated my core beliefs, perspectives, and lifelong practices. I mean, who doesn't like to be affirmed, right? I'm the poster child for the "mind over matter" school. I'm not necessarily the author's target audience, however; I'm already a "believer." This book is for those

2017-07-08T17:25:35+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Health, Nonfiction, Psychology, Science|Comments Off on Review: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Review: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity

Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity by Sara E. Langworthy My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is an important book that will build your insight into and empathy for our nation's most important asset: our children. The scientific research is clear: "neglect and abuse can have lifelong effects on individuals." And while you may think this is not your problem, it is--this is our problem. The

2017-07-08T17:20:58+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity

Review: The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You by Sylvia Tara My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book provides information, insight, and vindication to every man or woman who has ever meaningfully struggled with their weight. This is a fascinating deep dive into the role of fat and how it behaves in our bodies. Although this is clearly

2017-07-08T17:16:41+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Health, Nonfiction, Science|Comments Off on Review: The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

Review: Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken

Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lodro Rinzler My rating: 5 of 5 stars Such an unfortunate "weighty" title for such a wonderful little book for all of life's disappointments--the major traumas AND the daily blows. Don't get scared by the word "Buddhist" in the title. Yes, Lodro is a Buddhist. But, frankly, he just may become the compassionate healer of our time. He's witty, vulnerable, real, and

2017-07-08T17:12:37+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken

Review: The Industries of the Future

The Industries of the Future by Alec J. Ross My rating: 5 of 5 stars I would rename this book "Industries of Today and Their Impact On Our Future." Ross is not a visionary and this is not a provocative futurist manifesto of "what's to come." Rather, it is an accessible overview of today's important technologies and industries that are shaping how we will work and live tomorrow--e.g., robotics, genetics,

2017-07-08T16:56:30+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Globalization, Nonfiction, Science, Technology|Comments Off on Review: The Industries of the Future

Review: Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by William Burnett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Individuals starting their career, those in career transition or those struggling on the path chosen will gain much from this book. Authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are Stanford professors who apply 'design thinking' principles to career/life planning. Don't be fooled, just because the approaches on

2017-07-08T16:51:06+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Career, Nonfiction, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
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