Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Art of Negotiation

Negotiation plays a very crucial part in our lives. Whether debating with your family where to go for vacation, making a large purchase, or making a multi-million dollar business deal, it is vital that we reap the maximum benefit while also being mindful of the other party. Thankfully, Peter B. Stark's book The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need provides crucial information on the art of negotiation. Originally published in 2003, the book has been updated with the latest research in the field. It is comprised of two parts, the first deals with negotiation itself: the psychology of both parties, the styles of negotiation, the skills you need to negotiate, while the second part offers practical situations and describes the tactics you can use to successfully close the deal.

Overall, this book is very informative. It is very concise, yet offers a wealth of advice. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Physics of Everyday Things

For those who wondered how things from electric toothbrushes to airplanes work, James Kakalios' book The Physics of Everyday Things explains it. The author's premise is clever; he takes the reader through a person's typical day. After each short vignette with the object in bold, Kakalios then explains how that particular object works and the physics behind it. His explanations are quite clear for those without a science background, however, there could be more diagrams. Nevertheless, The Physics of Everyday Things will serve a purpose to those curious about technology.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Understanding yourself is key to success in both your personal and professional life. Unfortunately, not many people truly understand themselves. Insight is a great book about self-awareness and introspection. The author presents the topic in a very clear and straightforward manner. She details all the steps one must take to better understand themselves. I would highly recommend Insight to everybody who wants to improve their life. It is truly a timeless and indispensable advice.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Buy This Book: You Won't Regret It.

The New Rules of Work is a great career guide with lots of useful information. From crafting your resume, to negotiating your pay raise, career advancement, and everywhere in between, the authors, founders of The Muse, a well-known career site, offer some very valuable tips. Their book is an up-to-the minute guide on the latest trends in the workforce industry. I recommend this book to absolutely everybody, from recent college grads looking for their first "real" employment as well as seasoned professionals who are looking to advance their careers. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Inkblots

The Rorschach Test is one of the most fascinating and polarizing concepts in modern psychology. Some psychologists swear by it, while others hate it. But why is the Rorschach Test so fascinating and what motivated the man behind it? That is the question Damion Searls tries to answer in his book The Inkblots. His book is not only about the test itself, but a full-fledged biography of its creator, Hermann Rorschach. In his 400 page deeply-researched tome, Searls provides minute tidbits of Hermann Rorschach's life in an easy-to-read and entertaining manner. The way that the author presents those facts shows his erudition of the subject and the painstaking process he undertook in order to bring this fascinating story to the reader.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tell Me How This Ends Well

David Samuel Levinson's new novel Tell Me How This Ends Well takes place in the near future, the year 2022 to be exact when antisemitism is basically ubiquitous. At the heart of the story is Jacobson family's Passover meal. The family includes three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, their harsh and iron-fisted father and the soft-hearted mother. The book's strongest suit is its character development. All of the characters are complex and multi-layered. with the author masterfully describing their feelings and emotions throughout the book.

Overall, I found Levinson's novel to be an enjoyable read. It's not easy reading, but it's very crucial in today's world.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Writing My Wrongs

Shaka Senghor writes a powerful memoir of his time in prison in his book Writing My Wrongs. He tells his story like it is without any sugarcoating. Shaka Senghor was born in the midst of America's crack epidemic in the 1980's and was an honor roll student at school. However, at home he faced daily beatings from his mother which forced him to run away to the streets and become a drug dealer. At 19, he killed a man and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He spent seven of those years in solitary confinement. During that time, he began to reflect on the choices he made that got him in prison. When he was released, he became a social activist whose mission was to prevent young men from going down the wrong path. In addition, Senghor writes about America's criminal justice system and how it needs to be reformed.