“writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. we are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. it's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. you can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
- anne lamott

Monday, March 19, 2018

Books that defy category


(includes Hope Jahren's book!)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Books by women of color


Monday, January 1, 2018

Books recommended by friends

Juliet  by Anne Fortier
Little Fires Everywhere (Autumn)
Wild Swans (Pete)
Boys in the Boat
When Breath Becomes Air (Brittney Olson)
Wangari Maathai autobiography (Tori)
Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System
Children and other Wild Animals by Brian Doyle (Lizzie)
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Homegoing Yaa Gysi (Julia)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Emily Match)
Far From the Tree
The Hate You Give
 Turtles All the Way Down
We're Okay (Esther)
Assassin's Apprentice (Josh Kutterer)
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (Jason Kerr)
The Dark Lord of Derkholm
Diana Wynne Jones (Mattathias)
Personal History by Katharine Graham (Alissa Gardner)
Guy Gavriel Kay (Heather)
Cinder (Ginny)
The Book of Swords
Without You, There Is No Us: My Days with the Sons of North Korea's Elite" by Suki Kim
"Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window" by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Melanie)
The Warmth of Other Suns (Adam Ford)
Half the Sky
God Grew Tired of Us
 Call the Midwife
A Fine Balance
All the Light We Cannot See
East of Eden (Jenn)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Becca Hay)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Gig Economy


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Crucial Conversations

"strong relationships, careers, organizations, and communities all draw from the same source of power--the ability to talk openly about high-stakes, emotional, controversial topics. You don't have to choose between being honest and being effective. You don't have to choose between candor and your career."

"At the core of every successful conversation lies the free flow of relevant information."

"people who are skilled at dialogue do their best to ensure that all ideas find their way into the open...as individuals are exposed to more accurate and relevant information, they make better choices."

"As the conversation unfolds...pay attention to what's happening to your objectives.  Are you starting to change your goals to save face, avoid embarrassment, be right, or punish others? ...Our motives usually change without any conscious thought on our part.
What do I really want for myself?
What do I really want for others?
What do I really want for the relationship?
How would I behave if I really wanted these results?"

"In order for this person to be able to deliver the delicate message, you must have believed he or she cared about you, or about your goals and objectives. That means you trusted his or her purposes so you were willing to listen to some pretty tough feedback."