Category Archives: Nonfiction

Read THIS Not THAT: Rethinking Positive Thinking Discussion

Hi all! Trying something a bit differently today.

Instead of doing a book review on Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen, I’d thought I’d do some other books I’d recommend instead.

The following books are like Rethinking Positive Thinking. But they are books that I felt I got more out of.

There are three themes that I’d like to pull out and discuss. For each one, I’ve suggested other nonfiction books that I liked reading more than Rethinking Positive Thinking.

Continue reading

Book Review: Partnership is the New Leadership

 Partnership is the New Leadership

Synopsis:

Title – Partnership is the New Leadership  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Ty Bennett (Website, Goodreads)

Published – June 5th 2016

Genre – Nonfiction; leadership; business

Summary – Partnership Is The New Leadership is the rallying cry for effective leadership in today’s world. In the 1980s, Ken Blanchard changed the conversation from management to leadership and began to refocus, retool, and refine the approach to leadership. Our world has continued to change since then and at an even faster pace. To be relevant, influential, and successful today, partnership in leadership needs to be the approach.

This post or video contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links at no cost to you.

Where To Buy – Amazon

Continue reading

Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

Synopsis:

Title – Scrappy Little Nobody  (Goodreads)

Author – Anna Kendrick (Goodreads)

Published – November 15th 2016

Genre – Memoir

Summary – Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious)

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

Continue reading

Book Review: Love Warrior

Love Warrior Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Love Warrior  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Glennon Doyle Melton (Goodreads)

Published – September 6th 2016

Genre – Nonfiction; Memoir

Summary – Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

Continue reading

Book Review: Where Am I Now?

Where Am I Now

Synopsis:

Title – Where Am I Now?  (Goodreads)

Author – Mara Wilson (Website)

Published – September 13th 2016

Genre – Nonfiction; Celebrity Memoirs

Summary – Known for her “cute” roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Melrose Place, and Matila, Mara Wilson stole the hearts of many fans. 

Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barnes & Noble • iTunes • Audible

Continue reading

Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can

Talking As Fast As I Can

Synopsis:

Title – Talking As Fast As I Can (Goodreads)

Author – Lauren Graham (Twitter, Goodreads)

Published – November 29th 2016

Genre -Nonfiction; Memoir

Summary – In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audible • Barnes & Noble • iTunes • Target • Walmart

((the links above are affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links at no cost to you!))

Continue reading

Book Review: In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love

Synopsis:

Title – In The Country We Love: My Family Divided  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Diane Guerrero (Website, Goodreads) & Michelle Burford (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 3rd 2016

Genre – nonfiction

Summary – Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Audible • Walmart

Continue reading

Book Review: Success Intersection

Success Intersection

Synopsis:

Title – The Success Intersection  (Goodreads)

Author – Pat Williams (Goodreads)

Published – January 31st 2017

Genre – nonfiction; success; self help; leadership

Summary – From the age of seven, Pat Williams’s greatest passion was baseball. However, after two years in the minors, he had to admit it was not his greatest talent, and his career as a professional baseball player was at a dead end. But a phenomenally successful career in sports was just beginning. When he combined his passion for sports with his greatest talents–leadership, salesmanship, and promotion–he found his success intersection

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barns&Noble • Target • iBooks

This post or video contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for purchases made through my links.

Continue reading

Book Review: The In-Between

The In-Between

Synopsis:

Title – The In-Between

Author – Mahmoud Farraj

Published – October 10th, 2016

Genre – NonFiction

Where to BuyiBooks

Summary – In The In-Between, Mahmoud Farraj talks about the drive to do your best, positive thinking, the importance of networking and mentorship, and why passion is so critical.

Continue reading

Book Review: Mindset

Mindset cover

Synopsis:

Title –  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Carol S. Dweck (Website, Goodreads)

Published – January 1st 2006

Genre – Nonfiction; Self help; success

Summary – World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset.

Continue reading