This novel is written in first person, making it sound like a real autobiography. I had the audiobook, read by Lynne Thigpen, who did an excellent jobThis novel is written in first person, making it sound like a real autobiography. I had the audiobook, read by Lynne Thigpen, who did an excellent job. If you like audiobooks, definitely get this one--it is very interesting and entertaining. The book tells the story of Jane Pittman, born into slavery and freed when she was 10 or 11. She lives for over 100 years and we see up to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. I got a kick out of her comments about the levies in New Orleans and man's inability to control water for the long term....more
3.5 This book has excellent ideas about leadership, but it is cheesy. Really cheesy. Instead of focusing on a principle of leadership and how to best p3.5 This book has excellent ideas about leadership, but it is cheesy. Really cheesy. Instead of focusing on a principle of leadership and how to best put it to use, the authors have put the principles into a story about a boss/coworker that is too often a selfish jerk. The jerk's boss teaches him how to be a good leader. It seems to take too long to get the points across, but I do think that everyone that works with others should give this book a try. If everyone would put the content of this book into action, there would be much less stress in the offices across the country....more
The first 100 pages of this unusual book about unusual people deserves 5 stars. The first chapter really had me laughing which does seem odd because iThe first 100 pages of this unusual book about unusual people deserves 5 stars. The first chapter really had me laughing which does seem odd because in this chapter the author is writing about his interactions with a Muslim extremist. The second chapter about Ruby Ridge really made me think--and my thoughts about the government and police type units were not good. The rest of the book fills in with a lot of crack pots, but I did look a lot of these folks up on the internet. It was pretty interesting. This morning I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC and they had a guest on--some economist from Britain--and he talked about how bad the world economy was and is going to be. He then said that when the G8 meet in about a year, the discussion would include "the new world order." Frankly, after just reading this book, I felt somewhat freaked out, especially with a few days left before the election. You know, the election where Barrack Obama will most likely be elected--he is the guy with all those radical friends. I don't think he wants to plant any bombs like Bill Ayers and his buddies did all those years ago, but the guy wants to radically change the US just like all of those friends of his. I think I hear the Twilight Zone music. So read the book and get worried like me. ...more
Book club for November. I found some parts of this book interesting and some less interesting. In my study of men/guys throughout my life, I found manyBook club for November. I found some parts of this book interesting and some less interesting. In my study of men/guys throughout my life, I found many of the author's ideas mostly true. However, not all guys are alike. I'm glad to have a good understanding/relationship with the important guys in my life!...more
Isn't it nice to be able to read a book that is a fun tale to read but teaches you a lesson at the same time? People judge each other harshly and unfaIsn't it nice to be able to read a book that is a fun tale to read but teaches you a lesson at the same time? People judge each other harshly and unfairly. Put this on your list to read again and read it with adult eyes--I'm glad I did!...more
Michael Lewis (Blind Side author) writes about Billy Fitzgerald, his old school baseball coach. Lewis writes about the differences between the parentsMichael Lewis (Blind Side author) writes about Billy Fitzgerald, his old school baseball coach. Lewis writes about the differences between the parents and players of today compared to those of a generation ago. An interesting read, but I do think there are plenty of kids that really strive for excellence in their sport. This is a short and quick read!...more
I really enjoyed this book! It's very easy to read and relate to. It's about a man and his wife that think it would be fun to have a Labrador puppy. TI really enjoyed this book! It's very easy to read and relate to. It's about a man and his wife that think it would be fun to have a Labrador puppy. They didn't realize how much work it would be--that's the funny part. You know it's always funny when it happens to someone else. While raising Marley, they also decide to expand their family with children, which is a little more difficult then they realized. ...more
Life may not come with an instruction manual, but this book will help you to negotiate the part of life you spend working. This is the handbook that wLife may not come with an instruction manual, but this book will help you to negotiate the part of life you spend working. This is the handbook that will help the young career woman steer clear of pitfalls, and set her sights on advancement. While directed at women, much of the advice will be helpful for either gender.
For those of us that have been around the block a few times, much of the advice contained in these pages is common sense, but every working person should find some gem of advice or encouragement. I found this book fascinating because each story hammered home a point that could direct the way for an individual to prepare for real life situations they are certain to face.
Why worry early in your career? The author cites an example of two individuals with the same starting salary. One was able to negotiate a 4.3% annual increase; the other, 2.7% annually. If the difference had been invested at 3% a year, it would have yielded just over $2 million by retirement. In a similar vein your successes can compound over the years, landing you in excellent positions for making more good moves.
The book is laid out systematically with creative titles and subheadings, quotes, statistics/data, and stories as each chapter takes the reader further along the career path. Some of the topics covered included: •Job Search and Interviewing •Integrating work and personal life •How others see you, including improving your image and how to conduct oneself •Plotting a course with the aid of valuable, but sometimes overlooked, resources •Relationship building including networking, strengthening your relationship with your manager, and developing a mentor •How to make the most of performance reviews •Developing from expert to powerhouse •Asking and getting salary/bonuses, projects, and promotions •Damage control
While seriously helpful, this book is also funny and entertaining. I found myself laughing aloud at some of the author's observations and sticky situations. The book is filled with interesting examples of how real people negotiated decisions in the business world. The stories and situations allow the reader to understand challenges they will face and to develop strategies to make the most of it.
Let me tell you why this book is better than Sandberg's Lean In. Instead of mostly trying to show women have it tougher in the work place, this book illustrates and explains how to be proactive and to level the playing field. The book itself is not a panacea, the reader must be willing to come out of her comfort zone and do what is required in order to succeed.
This book is a great guide for anyone, male or female, new to the professional world or preparing to start their career. I just ordered a copy for my 21 year old son in college; this book makes excellent recommendations that will prepare him for work, and it may help him to understand the office from the perspective of his female colleagues. ...more
Alien "Givers" had come to earth and installed 4 giant towers that reach thousands of miles into space complete with the technology to meet the powerAlien "Givers" had come to earth and installed 4 giant towers that reach thousands of miles into space complete with the technology to meet the power needs of earth. The "Givers" left, but very small humans are needed to run the towers. Each year children compete to enter Laddertop Academy and learn the skills to perform those actions. Robbie and Azure, 2 small 11 year old girls with a chance to go to Lattertop Academy, are best friends; one wants to attend and the other does not.
I enjoyed this very short audiobook (just 2 disks) even though it was read like a play with different voices and sound effects.
I found it somewhat annoying that it ended with a cliffhanger; other than that it was very interesting....more
Rush brings history alive to school age children by placing the reader (and himself) in the conflict between the colonists and England. Rush Revere's tRush brings history alive to school age children by placing the reader (and himself) in the conflict between the colonists and England. Rush Revere's talking horse, Liberty, provides comedy that children will enjoy. Go back in time with Rush and Liberty, and learn about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War--for maximum enjoyment, take your kids by reading with them! It is not quite so amusing without your children!...more