August 2019 Bookshelf
Books 07 August 2019
The Bluest Eye
In honor of the late Nobel Prize winning author, Toni Morrison, we think everyone should get their hands on The Bluest Eye, a “virtuosic novel [that] asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.” Published in 1970, The Bluest Eye was Morrison’s grand introduction to the literary world. It has since served as one of the most influential pieces of literary work over the past 50 years, inviting readers to better understand the complexity of our lives and the lives of others within a diverse, multi-racial culture.
How Will You Measure Your Life?
Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon
Just as a company, organization, or learning environment often establishes a vision as the foundation for everything it pursues, you can establish a similar compass for your overall life. What’s more powerful to you, receiving a 10% raise at work or having 50 years of rich relationships with friends, family, and loved ones? This is the type of question posed in How Will You Measure Your Life? The trio of authors involved in this reflection-inducing book have seen some of the most successful people in the world go through long stints of unhappiness and despair because they were never asked what would be truly meaningful and fulfilling to them as individuals. So, how will you measure your life? Read this book to begin discovering your answer.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Leadership is unique to each individual. It demands a profound sense of self-understanding, so that you can be assured your actions are seen as being authentic, rather than coming across as a total facade. Knowing you need to develop the leadership style that best fits your individuality, you can read insightful leadership books without having to adhere to every sentence you read. Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor, provides an awesome opportunity to practice this approach to leadership development. As you read her book, you will discover a myriad of ideas that will help you continue building the foundation of your learner-centered leadership style.
How to Fix a Broken Heart
What does it mean to have a broken heart? At the highest level, it is simply losing (or no longer having the ability to obtain) something you love. It might be a person, a career opportunity, or something else entirely. Regardless, how can you mend (and help others mend) such an emotionally painful experience? Dr. Guy Winch, author of How to Fix a Broken Heart, is here to guide you along your search. Using psychological research that points to the impact emotional pain has on our brains, Dr. Winch wants to remind readers that “our heart might be broken, but we do not have to break with it.”
59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
At its base level, today’s world is a fast-paced, chaotic, stress-inducing amalgam that deserves our fullest attention, so we don’t personally fall too far behind. Add onto that a personal drive to transform the entire education system, and we might all come across as a bit irrational. Of course, such society-changing work is often seen as irrational until it comes to fruition. To move us closer to that future, Richard Wiseman, author of 59 Seconds, provides a springboard to do our work more efficiently and effectively by cutting through the pseudo-scientific world of many self-help books. He uses this book to get straight to the evidence-based practices that can positively impact everything we do for ourselves and our communities.
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