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Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374600181
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

Challenging Egyptian politics and patriarchy, Wassef and two other women had the courage to open an independent bookstore in Cairo in the early 2000s. In this fluent account, Wassef bluntly bares her singular passion to bring books to the masses, and to succeed in an enterprise that society dismissed as a hopeless quest. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393541328
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

Krugman's economic insights have been consistent, and correct, for over two decades.
His forceful and accessible essays rightfully place economics within the context of politics, health care, trade, global warming and other hot-button topics that the zombies have gotten all wrong. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735211292
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Published: Avery - October 16th, 2018

Tired of repeating the same bad habits? Want to make more time for good ones? James Clear is one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, and his book Atomic Habits is an extremely useful tool for understanding how to form habits that ultimately help you achieve your life and business goals. Short, practical and out of the box thinking. I’d recommend listening to this on audiobook! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work by Bill Burnett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525655244
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Published: Knopf - February 25th, 2020

I picked this up because of the title and the subject had epitome of what I enjoyed most about Sarah Knight’s “Get Your Sh*t Together.” Designing Your Work Life is all about reframing your way of thinking and focusing on what you can do to make your life even just a little bit better; how to make it good enough, for now. This is a great book for younger full time workers who are struggling with their current work lives and need expert advice and guides on how to stay positive and motivated at work, or even see if the work that you are doing if what you should be doing. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307719225
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Published: Currency - September 17th, 2013

A thoroughly researched, brilliantly realized dive into the economic and political history of countries both rich and poor, all in an effort to answer the titular question: why do nations fail? Needless to say, I certainly found out why.

With each chapter, I realized how wrong my assumptions about the world were. This book took me by the shoulders and shook me, yelling “OPEN YOUR EYES FOOL” as it revealed the understory of the world’s economy before my very eyes. However, if you’re thinking economics is all well and good, but I’m more of a history buff, fear not! This book features many fan-favorite historical events alongside its economic insights. Black plague? Queen Elizabeth? Scramble for Africa? Check, check, and check! Not only are these things described in wonderful detail, but authors Robinson and Acemoglu demonstrate the ways in which these events from long ago still impact our modern economy today. It truly is fascinating.

In conclusion, if you've ever wondered why countries across the globe look and act the way that they do, this book has the answer for you. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest by Charles Schwab - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984822543
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Published: Currency - October 8th, 2019

Charles Schwab hired me for my first 'adult job' when I was not yet 19. The discount brokerage Schwab had created and named after himself contracted me and about a dozen others to convert paper pages and handwritten data into a fledgling computer program he had purchased, at a new office building he had leased outside San Francisco's business district. Everything about this company was innovative, including how Schwab logged hours alongside the hired staff. Throughout the forty years since, "Chuck" Schwab has amassed a fortune pursuing inventive, and often high-risk, ideas, all of which he highlights in his autobiography, Invested. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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