Working on a book about aging has meant figuring out how to make this subject appealing... or at least not dismayingly off-putting. I mean, who wants to learn about tub transfer benches? Who cares about tile slip resistance? Did I really have to choose such an un-sexy topic for my first book?
These are two fascinating life stories by two visionaries, and I found them especially interesting in terms of their unique approaches to leadership. I highly recommend them for anyone interested in the dynamics of organizational leadership, either in the private or the public sector.
It's hard to tell which recently published books will stand the test of time, but in my decades of experience as a nanny, I've learned what to look for: Books that are designed to be read with children, not to them. Here are some of my recent favorites.
Askew's fifth novel jumps into the timely debate over immigration with Grandpa Robert John Brown's "conviction of the heart," written in the rawboned, heartfelt and often funny prose that has defined much of her earlier acclaimed works on the Great Plains.
What began as an experiment in shouting out each other's books into the vast blinding blizzard of social media, has become a virtual world of tight friendships and support--and proof that, among some authors, cooperation trumps competition.
Ask Deepak About Love and Relationships espouses the core philosophy that we all are empowered to direct our own lives and that not only do we learn from our own experiences; we also learn from the experiences of others.
It may seem counter-intuitive, given that we're trying to find more time to read, to first spend time surveying and sampling books. But remember that chefs who wish to prepare a sumptuous feast rise early and go to the farmer's market.
Find inspiration in one of the most traditional ways -- unplug for a bit, escape the glow of the screen, and massage your brain with a good, old-fashioned book, chock full of knowledge, anecdotes, ideas and suggestions.
Like many American kids, I grew up learning about a world populated by heroes. I read about Pericles, who built democracy in ancient Greece. I read about King Arthur and the medieval Knights of the Round Table, who fought sorcerers and giants, and protected the weak.
With its exquisite descriptions and over powering dialogue, the story may not be enjoyable to all readers. For those, however, who admire the brilliance of words it will be a book to study and enjoy over and over.
Neuroscience and cognitive psychology are two of several exciting new fields about the brain and behavior. This book does sound justice to these subjects and to the evolving way that science can (and must) inform and assist everyday human endeavors, including parenting.
Could this be the birth of a new literary genre? And if so, what would it be called: Pup-lit, Puppantic, Puppiction? There are puppets on Sesame Street and puppets in the theater, but rarely do they find their way into novels.