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When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor

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While trying not to look down...I'm making my dreams come true and calculating the risks all the time now.

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  1. The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker

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    I really like this book.

    Walker is a terrific storyteller. The plotting and pacing are superb. She preempts her own plot, but it doesn’t matter because you want to stay for the entire ride.

    At first, I thought this would be another end-of-the-world, world-is-going-to-shit story. It…

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  3. The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk

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    This was required meeting by my boss.

    Vaynerchuck makes valid points about using social media to engage customers. He seems saavy, dedicated, and intense — all good things for a businessman to be, I guess.

    Watch out for his tone. It’s something.

    Message me if you would like to read the book. You can have mine.

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  5. Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

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    A lovely thought from the book:

    "Don’t you know? That’s the secret. If you always make sure you’re exactly the person you hoped to be, if you always make sure you know only the very best people, then you won’t care if you die tomorrow." (Toby)

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  7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby

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    I don’t know what to write about this so I’ll stick to the basics:

    Who: Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle
    What: a memoir of his recollections and fantasies after a paralyzing stroke
    When: Bauby suffered the stroke on December 8, 1995. The book was published on March 9,…

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  9. The Effective Executive, by Peter F. Drucker

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    I was intrigued since I read that Jeff Bezos assigned this book as required reading for all his senior managers.

    I found it boring.Basically, good managers do the following:

    • Ask “What needs to be done?”
    • Ask “What is right for the organization?”
    • Create action plans
    • Be accountable for actions
    • Be accountable for communications
    • Focus on opportunities, not problems
    • Lead productive meetings
    • Think and say “we’, not “I”

    Everyone knows this. Everyone just doesn’t do it.

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  11. Built to Last, by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras

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    Jim Collins is a good storyteller. That’s the key factor behind his success in communicating his ideas and turning a potentially dry subject as business analysis into an incredibly engaging and thoughtful read. See my post on How the Mighty Fall.

    This shouldn’t necessarily be read in a…

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  13. CultureLab: Top 10 most influential popular science books

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    The 10 most influential popular science books, according to New Scientist and its readers.

    1. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
    2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
    3. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
    4. The Double Helix by James Watson
    5. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
    6. The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris
    7. Chaos by James Gleick
    8. Gaia by James Lovelock
    9. An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
    10. The Asent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
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  15. The best New Jersey novel?

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    In honour of Sandy’s sadly favoured state, here’s a great piece from Bill Morris about the finest New Jersey novels. The ones he lists are:

    • Jermigan by David Gates
    • After Moondog by Jane Shapiro
    • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Díaz
    • Richard Ford’s trilogy The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land
    • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
    • Garden State by Rick Moody
    • Clockers by Richard Price
    • Eddie and the Cruisers by P.F.Kluge
    • The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta
    • This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald
    • The Final Club by Geoffrey Wolff

    Read the article to see what Morris chooses as the best New Jersey novel of all of these.

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  17. The 10 best American essays since 1950

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    An interesting list in Publishers Weekly of the ten finest American essays since 1950, selected by Robert Atwan, the founder of the Best American Essays series. There are links on the full article to readable versions of several of the essays:

    • James Baldwin, “Notes of a Native Son”
    • Normal…
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I have a thing for book porn - yeah, I’m one of those sick bastards who likes to read books about reading books - and the best of the season is My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Forge. The book is full of brief interviews with writers, musicians, cooks, architects, and various other creatives about what reading has meant to them; each interview is accompanied by one of Ms. Mount’s absurdly appealing and simple paintings, depicting what would be on each person’s perfect bookshelf.
I couldn’t help myself. Here’s mine. From left to right: The Riverside Shakespeare, The Dead Zone, The Fixer, The Complete Stories (Bernard Malamud), The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, True Grit, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Lonesome Dove, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, vol. 1, and Batman: Year One. Also shown is Moby Dick, which I haven’t read yet, but will start on the first of next year… because I think any ideal shelf would have to include at least one book I haven’t read, but which I’m really looking forward to.
Not pictured: a notebook, a pen, a mug, and some Weeping Angel tea from @52teas. Because these things go with my perfect bookshelf.
All this is by way of saying that I think My Ideal Bookshelf is a great little read, and The Ideal Christmas present for the bookworm in your life.

Not really a Book List as such, but this is a good book recommendation from Joe Hill, and his own bookshelf is beautiful and interesting. I’m particularly envious of the beautiful edition of Thousand Autumns on that shelf….

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    joehillsthrills:

    I have a thing for book porn - yeah, I’m one of those sick bastards who likes to read books about reading books - and the best of the season is My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Forge. The book is full of brief interviews with writers, musicians, cooks, architects, and various other creatives about what reading has meant to them; each interview is accompanied by one of Ms. Mount’s absurdly appealing and simple paintings, depicting what would be on each person’s perfect bookshelf.

    I couldn’t help myself. Here’s mine. From left to right: The Riverside Shakespeare, The Dead Zone, The Fixer, The Complete Stories (Bernard Malamud), The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, True Grit, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Lonesome Dove, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, vol. 1, and Batman: Year One. Also shown is Moby Dick, which I haven’t read yet, but will start on the first of next year… because I think any ideal shelf would have to include at least one book I haven’t read, but which I’m really looking forward to.

    Not pictured: a notebook, a pen, a mug, and some Weeping Angel tea from @52teas. Because these things go with my perfect bookshelf.

    All this is by way of saying that I think My Ideal Bookshelf is a great little read, and The Ideal Christmas present for the bookworm in your life.

    Not really a Book List as such, but this is a good book recommendation from Joe Hill, and his own bookshelf is beautiful and interesting. I’m particularly envious of the beautiful edition of Thousand Autumns on that shelf….

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  21. "The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane
    The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    Dubliners by James Joyce
    The Red and the Black by Stendhal
    Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
    Hail and Farewell by George Moore
    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    The Oxford Book of English Verse
    The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson
    The American by Henry James"

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    Nicole Mejia

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Colosseum - Rome - Italy (von IceNineJon)

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    Colosseum - Rome - Italy (von IceNineJon)

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  28. "There is a wolf in me … fangs pointed for tearing gashes … a red tongue for raw meat … and the hot lapping of blood—I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me and the wilderness will not let it go."

    - Carl Sandburg, Wilderness  (via thatkindofwoman)

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