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How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
Simple advice: Listen. Remember people's names. Smile. And yet, I forget.

My only criticism: I would have liked more examples that related to the digi...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Definitely had the self-help vibe, but for me, it didn't discount the useful knowledge housed within.

Also, due to a random quote by Bell Hooks, I am...more
Sep 02, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
How to Stay Sane
Short and surprisingly helpful.

Favorite Quotes

Sanity falls into two groups: one of people who have strayed into chaos and whose lives lurch from crisi...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Eye-opening. Now, how do I rewrite all of my bad habits to take advantage of the knowledge in this book...?

Could help provide a foundation for the up...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
My Review

Simple and complex in the same breath. Whenever you wonder what it takes to be human, turn to this.

P.S. Given that the name Harper is making...more
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work
A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.

Side note: I found this one to be much better than The Back o...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
I always figured if Sarah McLachlan couldn't persuade me to donate to the ASPCA, no one could. I was wrong. The 9/11 chapter broke me. I'm getting out...more
Oct 20, 2011
Jun 23, 2010
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
You want to hate this girl. Young. Pretty. Smart. Talented. Financially stable. And yet, she's dead. And you're not. This knowledge that you have, as...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
One Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying to Be Just a Little Bit Better
Anyone who wants to be a better person will be able to take something away with them after reading this.

The main crux: Be aware of the people around...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Are You My Mother?
Dense. And clever.

But also, I get the feeling that the author enjoys, more than anything else, "the sense of having been clever". And somehow she shar...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Micro Messaging: Why Great Leadership Is Beyond Words
Extremely enlightening. All about how it's not what you say but how you say it.

Favorite Quotes/Ideas:

Questions are far more effective than defensive...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
You know how most people, when you ask them to tell you something interesting about themselves, they say, "Oh, I don't know. I'm pretty boring, I gues...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book: Everything You Need to Know to Put Your EQ to Work
Decent summary of emotional intelligence theory, including the four main aspects: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship m...more
May 25, 2010
May 24, 2010
A Random Book About the Power of Anyone
If you have a good idea that you think will help others, whether it's selling reusable water bottles to raise money for clean water in Africa or Trick...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss
Basically: Everything I've always wanted in a work-help book.

Premise: There are 4 different drama types, including Complainer, Cynic, Controller and...more
May 13, 2012
May 13, 2012
Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right
The gist: Only remember what you have to. Put things that you can't remember where you'll be able to find them again. Rely heavily on search, repetiti...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Making Peace with Your Office Life: End the Battles, Shake the Blues, Get Organized, and Be Happier at Work
The hardest challenge when dealing with workplace frustrations is finding perspective. This book provides it in a tone that says, "I understand, but h...more
Jul 2010
Jun 29, 2010
Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Effective Leadership

The author uses the power of story to demonstrate the importance of digitization by describing a medical historian who could determine whether a lette...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
Managing Transitions
Helpful instruction manual for helping yourself and others weather changes. Though the focus is on work transitions, this could easily be used as a gu...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution: 9 Natural Steps to Survive, Master Stress and Live Well
To self-helpish for me, but not totally without merit.

I appreciated the sense that people can decrease their dependence on medication simply by recog...more
Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters
One portrait of four sisters, every year for 33 years.

This collection, though utterly fascinating in terms of sisterhood and aging and simplicity and...more
May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013
A Monster Calls
The similarities to this and Stitches were striking to me. I seemed to be swimming in a lot of the same thick emotional waters, although the two situa...more
Dec 11, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
Let's talk about tone for a minute:

All stories written with an agenda, whether you agree with the agenda or not, tend to sound forced and opinionated...more
Jan 29, 2012
Dec 18, 2011
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
I was all like, "Don't tell me what to do!"

And then, after a few moments of contemplative thought, I was like, "OK, good point. I should probably do w...more
Dec 19, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This is when I become convinced that we should archive and catalog everything that has ever existed, so that when something amazing happens that no on...more
Jun 02, 2013
Oct 16, 2011
Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
So much to ponder...

It didn't occur to me before that living alone is a lifestyle of the middle class and that its prevalence has increased partly du...more
Nov 18, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
How to Be a Woman
One woman cannot properly define what it is to be a woman, but Caitlin Moran did strike a cord with me, nonetheless. We probably wouldn't be friends i...more
May 13, 2013
Oct 19, 2012
I Am the Messenger
Short Version

Moral of the story: Nothing is worse than doing nothing.

Long Version

1. What you bring to Markus Zusak's books, what you learn and how yo...more
Feb 12, 2012
May 03, 2009
Love is a Mix Tape
The author lost someone he loved. He then wrote a book about the soundtrack of their life together in a way that makes you feel like you, too, loved a...more
Oct 23, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
I'll probably force this book on everyone I know for the next year.

Things I will work on: Tackle nagging tasks. Cut people slack. Do good, feel good....more
Mar 02, 2013
Sep 09, 2011
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