Style: Non-fiction

  • Slow Productivity – Cal Newport

    Slow Productivity – Cal Newport

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    Slow Productivity is Cal Newport’s 4th book looking at how to be productive and maximize your career. As such it blends portions of all the previous books, adding a few bits and rehashing many of the same principles explore in earlier books. As the title suggests it focuses on working a slower pace, on fewer…

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  • Smart Brevity – Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz

    Smart Brevity – Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz

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    Smart Brevity is here to teach you how to cater your communication to the over-stimulated worker, and community, of today. There are 4 Core ideas for the writing system presented. The authors really like their bullet points and figure that’s the correct way to do your communication. Their strongest point is that you probably write…

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  • The Cost of Being a Girl – Yasemin Besen-Cassino

    The Cost of Being a Girl – Yasemin Besen-Cassino

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    In The Cost of Being a Girl, Besen-Cassino, looks at how part-time employment in the teenage years affects the income of teenage girls vs boys. The biggest takeaway is similar to what I’ve read in the past about wages for women, they make less, are asked to do more emotional labour, and get penalized if…

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  • The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein

    The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein

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    The Color of Law looks at how redlining affected the wealth of Black Americans after Word War 2. From not letting Black Vetrans get the financing that all Vetrans were supposed to be eligible for, to breaking up Black neighbourhoods for “public projects” this is a sobering look at how white people stole wealth from…

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  • The Promise of Access – Daniel Greene

    The Promise of Access – Daniel Greene

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    Daniel Greene looks at the politically expedient idea that the problem with the workforce is that they don’t have access to computers (technology) and the skills to use said electronic devices. This lets politicians off the hook in addressing the structural problems (poverty, homelessness) that contributes to lack of work and skill development and simply…

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  • Ruined by Reading – Sharon Schwartz

    Ruined by Reading – Sharon Schwartz

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    Ruined by reading was a very different book than I expected. I didn’t expect this memoir on the affect of reading to the author’s life to be a keep but it continually asked thought provoking questions about the nature of power and our imagination. Schwartz questions the very nature and content of a book and…

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  • Dark PR – Grant Ennis

    Dark PR – Grant Ennis

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    Dark PR walks readers through all the “framing” companies do to minimize their responsibility so that they can keep doing the terrible shit they are doing. From car companies showing us all their “magic” features that will save lives, to blaming some random person walking on the street for not being visible enough (victim blaming)…

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  • Foreverism – Grafton Tanner

    Foreverism – Grafton Tanner

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    In Foreverism, Grafton Tanner, examines the push towards nostalgia shown in society today. From endless reboots, which are safer than new properties thus more likely to profit, to gadgets that continue to get improved so that we always have a fresh one to purchase, capitalism doesn’t want our consumerism to die as that would stop…

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  • Duly Noted – Jorge Arango

    Duly Noted – Jorge Arango

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    Duly Noted is another book in the ever increasing and popular series of books on how to take notes, a genre that’s been growing hugely in the last few years. If you’re new to the field of taking good notes, this book is a good primer on how to get started. If you’ve watched a…

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  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport

    So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport

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    This is Cal Newport’s investigation of what it takes to be so good at your job, that you can’t be ignored. Unlike many online personalities, he doesn’t tell you to follow your passion, in fact he feels it leads to a life of disappointment as you continue to fail to find the “right” career and…

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