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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 22nd, 2018

Imagine what it would feel like to be a golden retriever riding shotgun in a Formula 1 race car: wind racing through your fur, eyes (and mouth) wide as you’re moving faster than you ever imagined possible. Don’t you want to feel like that?! That is how this book makes you feel.

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but just LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS! That little pupper is a lovable race car-riding golden retriever named Enzo, and lucky for us readers, he’s also the narrator of this novel. The Art of Racing in the Rain far exceeded my expectations, and it was anything but “just another dog book.” In fact, it is my favorite book. Enzo and his owner Denny navigate life and loss in the Seattle suburbs together. Exploring themes of familial strife, grief, unemployment, and the difficulties of parenting, Garth Stein has expertly crafted a novel which frequently moved me to tears, but in a good way, I promise. You will fall in love with Enzo and his story, so hop along for the ride and pick this book up! ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


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


The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101984147
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Published: Dutton - August 16th, 2016

Truly inspirational, and dare-I-say life changing. Janice Kaplan’s account of how her New Year’s resolution to “be more grateful” has transformed her life will have you hopping up to start your very own “Gratitude Diary” before the book is even through! The radical, radiant power of gratitude is on full display in this book, and the positive effects it has on Kaplan’s relationships, mental health, and world outlook can serve as much-needed encouragement for anyone who’s down on their luck. The Gratitude Diaries is a friendly reminder that we all have something to be thankful for, and it’s about time we realized that. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316337052
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2016

This book is beautiful in a way that only a true story can be, as it unites the gut-wrenching chaos of World War Two’s Pacific Theater with the innocence and joy offered by the best dog stories. This one will make you laugh, cry, and shout for joy all on the same page, as Judy the English pure-bred pointer faces the horrors of war with a brave face and a wagging tail. Chock full of action, drama, suspense, and heart, Judy’s story showcases humanity not only at its darkest points, but also at its most pure. If you have a dog, be prepared to pet it between every page. So dog lovers, history lovers, and book lovers unite! No Better Friend is just begging to be read. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465028023
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Published: Basic Books - December 26th, 2006

This is the Avengers Endgame of philosophy books...ALL the big names are here. Drawing on the works of everyone from Marcus Aurelius to Lao Tzu, UVA Professor of Psychology Jonathan Haidt sets out on a mission to definitively answer a question that has befuddled humanity since its inception: How do we find true, meaningful, lasting happiness? Haidt examines the teachings of philosophers and religious leaders from both the west and east, identifies the common ideals that they all share, and using those values to construct his own, patchwork definition of happiness in our modern age. And I promise you, it’s not nearly as dry or studious as it may sound. I read it in tandem with A Game of Thrones, and it more than held its own.

PS---If you’ve ever wondered the meaning of life, he gives a darn good answer in the last chapter. Pick it up if just for that ;) ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781603587969
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 29th, 2018

This book is just as sweet as the title promises. In a time when our economy is roaring but our resources are dwindling, author Kate Raworth dares to take a stand. She combines economics and environmentalism in an inspiring fashion as she begs the question why can’t the people AND the planet prosper? Thoroughly-researched yet easily digestible, this work has something for everyone. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


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