2010. 9. 11 NEW ARRIVALSThe Little Big Things: 163 Ways To Pursue Excellence
AUTHOR: Thomas J. Peters
GENRE: Non Fiction
Crisp, cutting, and always on target. Tom has an always fresh and passionate approach to his writing. In the end excellence is “caring so much we can taste it!” I am always re-charged and ready to re-invent my cosmetic dentistry practice after one of his reads. He dissects the forming of the U.S. Constitution and shows how he who cares the most wins. Tom is a master of seeing the world through customer’s eyes. Whatever your business, Tom reminds us to focus on the “matchless signs of humanity”. I always enjoy Tom’s gusto for excellence, his passion for caring and the absolute single reason why any business exists is to make their customer out-of their-mind happy.
This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape The Future
AUTHOR: John Brockman
Part of a series stemming from his online science journal Edge, including What Have You Changed Your Mind About? and What Is Your Dangerous Idea?, author and editor Brockman presents 136 answers to the question, “What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?”
Milan architect Stefano Boeri responds with a single sentence: “Discovering that someone from the future has already come to visit us.” Most others take the question more seriously; J. Craig Venter believes his laboratory will use “digitized genetic information” to direct organisms in creating biofuels and recycling carbon dioxide.
The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
From the No. 1 internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, a novel that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family’s secret past
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book-a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her 21st birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity.
Round: A Story of Family, Food and Ferocious Appetite
AUTHOR: Frank Bruni
The New York Times restaurant critic’s heartbreaking and hilarious account of how he learned to love food just enough
Frank Bruni was born round. Round as in stout, chubby, and always hungry.
His relationship with eating was difficult and his struggle with it began early. When named the restaurant critic for The New York Times in 2004, he knew he would be performing one of the most watched tasks in the epicurean universe.
And with food his friend and enemy both, his jitters focused primarily on whether he’d finally made some sense of that relationship.
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into Value of Work
AUTHOR: Matthew Crawford
GENRE: Non Fiction
Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite common but now seems to be receding from society - the experience of making and fixing things with our hands. Those of us who sit in an office often feel a lack of connection to the material world, a sense of loss, and find it difficult to say exactly what we do all day.
For those who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life worth choosing.
On both economic and psychological grounds, Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker,” based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing, the work of the hand from that of the mind. Crawford shows us how such a partition, which began a century ago with the assembly line, degrades work for those on both sides of the divide.