A lot of energy is spent every election season arguing about the economy. Sure, there are plenty of political issues, but most of them are pretty simple. They’re beliefs. But economics is a science, even if, as it is subtitled in Dani Rodrik’s new book, it is sometimes called ‘the dismal science’. We all want everyone to have a good job, to make a living they can raise a family with, to be able to afford a home and other basic necessities, but knowing how to make that happen? That’s considerably more difficult. Oftentimes, we resort to ‘common sense’ solutions, only to find them blowing up in our faces time and time again. That’s because, as Rodrik’s Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science makes abundantly clear, economies are vast, complex things that often resist the obvious solutions. Thankfully, Rodrik’s book is meant to give a basic primer on how economists operate, what kinds of mistakes economists make, and what it all means for you.
Reviewed by Holly Madison
In order to properly review this book, I should probably start with a tiny bit about myself. I am a self-made entrepreneur, and I started my business almost four years ago.
Back then, my husband and I were at an all time low. He had just been laid off, and we had exactly $220 in our bank account. One day, out of pure luck, I stumbled across a fantastic business opportunity and a chance to buy a bunch of left over fiber from a nearby farm. After a lot of convincing, I finally talked my husband into spending $200 to buy the entire stash of alpaca…convinced that I could prep it myself and sell it on Etsy to make money. That left us with $20 to live off of.
Picking the Low Hanging-Fruit by James Sudakow is a hilarious dictionary of terms that are commonly used today as buzzwords–especially in corporate America. The table of contents is an alphabetical list of the terms covered in the book, from A to Zed. Each section specific to a word explains what the word means and what it doesn’t mean (usually its literal definition), and includes funny illustrations and directions on how to use that word in a sentence. In the “more information” section, Sudakow provides real life information on how and why the phrase came into being, how it is applied, and what employees really think about the phrase today.
Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman is a funny, funny book. And it’s practical too. Who would have thought a book on personal finances could be so entertaining and humorous?
At its core, Brokenomics is a look at personal finance and how one might live better even on a minuscule paycheck. What separates Brokenomics from other (possibly all) personal economy books is a combination of Dina Gachman’s plausible stories, humor, and practical advice. Gachman peppers her personal finance self-help book with witty stories and real-world advice on how to really live rather than merely getting by. Gachman is straightforward in her narration. Some of Gachman’s rhetoric can be taken as tongue-in-cheek; at other times, her advice is like a smack on the forehead followed by a possible verbal “why didn’t
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Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin
At a basic level, most of us know the importance of first impressions. Meer seconds after meeting someone, they will have likely formed various assumptions based on those momentary interactions. In the work environment, the way we conduct ourselves is of even more importance. In her book, What They See, Jennifer Swanson addresses the topic of those valuable first moments on the job and the way you should conduct yourself in the weeks and months that follow.
Specifically targeting students, new college graduates or job seekers looking to enter a more professional career, Swanson examines
Have you ever noticed that some people are just naturally good at making friends, can sell just about anything and are liked by nearly everyone? Then there are those who are just plain awkward and for whom a basic conversation seems like a victory. Years ago, when I found myself in the awkward camp, I remember thinking that the art of conversation was a bit of a mystery. Eventually, I realized that listening to other people and asking questions about them was so much easier than contrived topics or defaulting to the weather.
Due to my own struggle, my interest was piqued when I came across the book, Win Friends and Customers: Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging by Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist for over 30 years and an expert
In a world filled with messages that constantly encourage us to pursue bigger and better things, temptations hide around every corner. When our minds focus on our lack rather than contentment, it steals our joy and doesn’t bring the happiness we expect. In her book, Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, Ruth Soukup shares her own journey through the topic of personal finance and the lessons she learned along the way.
As a self-proclaimed spendaholic, her story of over-spending and self-indulgence nearly ended her marriage. Out of that mess and in an attempt to get her spending under control, she started a blog by the same name, Living Well Spending Less. Her original intent was simply to find better deals so she could buy all the things she still wanted
Humans have the need to love and to be loved. Relationships are integral to our growth as well as a means to help us navigate through an interesting and sometimes difficult world. Sometimes that doesn’t come easy. If you are an introvert, a.k.a. a shy person, or timid around people, then The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over can be a great fit for you. It can teach you how to look for signs of attraction (either friendly or romantic), as well as how to maintain the appropriate space, eye contact, and physical contact in a budding relationship. Schafer and Karlins give advice on the “Friendship Formula”, “The Laws of Attraction”, “The Curiosity Hook”, and a very important chapter at the end titled “The Perils and Promise of
In his book, The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma, Barry Werth uses extensive research to follow the bio-pharmaceutical company, Vertex, from its infant stage through the next twenty years. Using his skills as a successful journalist, he goes behind the scenes to discover the step by step process involved in starting a successful drug company, bringing a new medicine to market and the lives of the dedicated scientists that make such breakthroughs possible. Primarily, this book focuses on two drugs, one for Hepatitis C and the other for Cystic Fibrosis. Both were huge advances for people suffering from these conditions.
I was interested in this book as a way to understand what goes on behind the scenes in pharmaceutical companies and a bit about the process of creating new drugs. However, I do