New books summaries

Bourbon Empire
Reid Mitenbuler
Learn about the history and development of whiskey. Are you a fan of whiskey? If you are, you’re in good company! This popular spirit has been immortalized in music and movies all over the world for decades. From whiskey tasting tours to cocktail masterclasses, bourbon has a hold on our hearts that isn’t going away any time soon. But how much do we really know about our favorite drink and its role in American history? Bourbon Empire (2015) explores the rich history of one of America’s favorite drinks.
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18 minutes
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Crucial Conversations
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
How to have a successful conversation when tensions are high. At first glance, you might assume that this book is for high-powered CEOs or people who are often in a position to negotiate high-stakes trade deals. But the reality is that this book is for everybody. In fact, the high-stakes conversations you have with your friends or family can be even more important than the tense discussions you have in the boardroom. Crucial Conversations (2001) was written for anyone who talks to people often, whether that’s in a personal or professional capacity.
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13 minutes
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Dirty Minds
Kayt Sukel
How your brain impacts your sex life. Dirty Minds (2012) uses neuroscience to unpack the biological and psychological relationship between our minds and our perceptions of love, romance, and sex. Written in clear and accessible language, scientist Kayt Sukel’s research is for anyone who wants to learn more about the connection between our bodies and our brains.
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12 minutes
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Anticipate
Rob-Jan de Jong
How looking to the future can make you a better leader. Anticipate (2015) explores the power of visionary leaders by unpacking the inspirational power of anticipation. Expounding on ancient Greek philosophies of leadership, Rob-Jan de Jong explains why you should work to cultivate your vision for the future and use it to inspire others.
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12 minutes
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Brain Rules
John Medina
Learn how to make the most of your brain. Have you ever wished that you could hack your brain and make the most of your cognitive abilities? Do you wish you were thriving instead of surviving? Brain Rules (2008) is your pocket guide to making your brain work smarter, not harder.
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13 minutes
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Extreme Productivity
Robert C. Pozen
How to make the most of your time. Have you ever felt like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Have you ever wished you had more time on your hands? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this is the book for you! Extreme Productivity (2012) is your guide to making the most of your time.
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13 minutes
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
One family’s story of living off the land. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007) is the story of one family’s year of experimental eating. By moving to the countryside and living solely off of what they raised and harvested, the authors embarked on a remarkable and deeply personal journey that forever changed their relationship with food, gardening, and family.
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13 minutes
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A Beginners Guide to the End
B.J Miller, Shoshana Berger
The living person’s guide to death. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to know that you’re dying? Have you wondered about the thoughts that might go through your mind? What would you think about in your last days? What would you want others to know? How would you want to be remembered? These are tricky questions that occur to all of us as we contemplate death and dying. A Beginner’s Guide to the End (2019) is your personal workbook for addressing those questions.
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12 minutes
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59 Seconds
Richard Wiseman
A creative approach to changing your life in under a minute. Written by a world renowned experimental psychologist, 59 Seconds (2010) is a creative revolution that challenges the traditional self-help book by providing practical life hacks for changing your life in under one minute.
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15 minutes
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The More of Less
Joshua Becker
How de-cluttering your mind can maximize your life. Have you ever felt like the life you want is buried beneath all the stuff you own? Have you ever given your house a deep clean and found yourself saying, “Wow! That’s what I really want it to look like!” If either of those things describe you, if you’ve ever felt more peaceful after you got rid of your material possessions, then this book is for you. The More of Less (2016) is your guide to Marie Kondo-ing your life. Rather than simply throwing out stuff that no longer brings you joy, this book encourages you to throw out elements of your personal and professional life that are cluttering your mind and clouding your judgment. This is your guide to doing more with less.
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14 minutes
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