July 10, 2024

The Talent Code By Daniel Coyle

Credit: The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle



What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, business people—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others. Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism. 

Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything. Credit: The Talent Code; Daniel Coyle.

July 05, 2024

Nutrition Matters


Credit: Nourishing Hope, Neil Roberts


In our modern society, the issue of hunger persists despite advancements in various fields. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) stands as a cornerstone of the fight against food insecurity in the United States. This program, formerly known as food stamps, provides vital assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families, ensuring they have access to nutritious food. In this brief guide, readers learn the intricacies of SNAP, from its history and eligibility criteria to its impact on individuals and communities across the nation. Credit: Nourishing Hope; Neil Roberts. 

Public service announcement courtesy of Roberts Ed from Akron, Ohio.

June 30, 2024

On The Origin of Time

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Perhaps the biggest question Stephen Hawking tried to answer in his extraordinary life was how the universe could have created conditions so perfectly hospitable to life. In order to solve this mystery, Hawking studied the big bang origin of the universe, but his early work ran into a crisis when the math predicted many big bangs producing a multiverse—countless different universes, most of which would be far too bizarre to ​harbor life. Holed up in the theoretical physics department at Cambridge, Stephen Hawking and his friend and collaborator Thomas Hertog worked on this problem for twenty years, developing a new theory of the cosmos that could account for the emergence of life. Peering into the extreme quantum physics of cosmic holograms and venturing far back in time to our deepest roots, they were startled to find a deeper level of evolution in which the physical laws themselves transform and simplify until particles, forces, and even time itself fades away. This discovery led them to a revolutionary idea: The laws of physics are not set in stone but are born and co-evolve as the universe they govern takes shape. As Hawking’s final days drew near, the two collaborators published their theory, which proposed a radical new Darwinian perspective on the origins of our universe. Credit: On The Origin of Time; Thomas Hertog.

June 22, 2024

Non-Profit Spotlight: Operation Paperback

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Operation Paperback is a national, non-profit organization, whose volunteers collect gently-used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, they have shipped over 2.9 million books to countries all over the world. Their service members and their families make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that they are appreciated. When you donate to Operation Paperback, you will let America’s military community know that you appreciate their service and their sacrifices. Credit: Operation Paperback; How to Help.

June 18, 2024

Sell Your Books to Help Other Book Nerds πŸ“š


Image Credit: Archie Comics | Photographer, Sasha L. | Travel Tales

Calling All Book Nerds! πŸ˜‰

Above is a snapshot from my travel tales as I embarked upon an adventure scouting out book shops and spaces where I could sell such books online and offline. Below is a brief sample list of platforms where book owners can consider selling their literature and collectibles for others to enjoy. 


Goodbye Archie, Jughead, Reggie, Veronica and Betty! πŸ‘‹

June 15, 2024

She Comes Undone By Wally Lamb


Credit: She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb 


Meet Dolores Price. She's thirteen, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly up. In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. At once a fragile girl and a hard-edged cynic, so tough to love yet so inimitably lovable, Dolores is as poignantly real as our own imperfections. She's Come Undone includes a promise: you will never forget Dolores Price. Credit: She's Come Undone; Wally Lamb Books.

June 08, 2024

The 6 Types of Working Genius By Patrick Lencioni

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The Six Types of Working Genius, is on track to be his biggest and most impactful book yet. In classic Lencioni fashion, Pat brings his model to life in a page-turning fable that is as relatable as it is compelling. He tells the story of Bull Brooks, an entrepreneur, husband, and father who sets out to solve his own frustration at work and stumbles into a new way of thinking that revolutionizes the way he sees his work, his team, and even his marriage. Bull's story is indicative of every man and woman who is striving to avoid burnout and find fulfillment, dignity and success in their work. Beyond the personal discovery and instant relief that Working Genius provides, the model also gives teams a remarkably simple and practical framework for tapping into one another's natural gifts, which increases productivity and reduces unnecessary judgment. Credit: The Table Group; The Working Genius.

 Learn more and support Patrick Lencioni's work here

Credit: Patrick Lencioni, Channel 4 Profile

June 05, 2024

Kaizen Forever By Bob Emiliani

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Kaizen Forever introduces you to the teachings of Chihiro Nakao. Mr. Nakao co-founded the Shingijutsu Company in 1987 at the behest of Taiichi Ohno to teach the principles and practices of the Toyota Production System to a wider audience.Nakao-san’s teachings will enlighten you on wide-ranging subjects related to business, management,leadership, and more. He does so in ways that nobody else has, and as no one else alive can. This book will make a deep impact on you in practical, intellectual, and emotional ways. It will inspire you to think differently, to be practical and take action, and to learn and improve.There is no end to kaizen. There is no end to what you can learn from this book. Credit: Kaizen Forever; Bob Emiliani.

May 31, 2024

Silent Book Club

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Join other readers for a quiet gathering.
The joy of reading meets the bliss of silence.

Introverts welcomed!
No need to talk, smiling works just fine. πŸ˜‰

The schedule and logistics for Summer 2024 will be shared soon.

Participants must register using their company / business email.
Students ages 16 & up must use their school/academic email to register.
Public email domains are not accepted for registration.

The registered (and approved) members are permitted to attend these virtual meetings.
No delegates, substitutes and walk-ins welcomed.
Register in advance to avoid any denial of entry.

Experience some peaceful reading in a respectful environment.

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