More to Read … and See

More … from my bookshelf

With a brief note about what I found compelling in each.

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

by Safi Bahcall 2019

Great stories about getting better.  How we won World War II.  And how Polaroid and Kodak started and then missed the digital revolution.  Two ways to make change: incrementally step by step; and by great leaps of innovation.  Tells when and how to plan for each.  Great read.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

by Jonah Berger  | May 3, 2016

Social influence and word of mouth are more important than we know.  To make change stick, find ways to make the story ‘remarkable’ (eye catching) and useful.  Lots more ideas on good communications.

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

by Toni Morrison  | Feb 12, 2019

An incredible first person view of advocating for racial understanding over many decades. Great pragmatic advice woven together with stories – both heartbreaking and up-lifting.

9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life: What Works/Doesn’t

by Henry Cloud  | Sep 11, 2007

Stories and down to earth practical advice on becoming a well-integrated person that handles life well.  Skills that transcend every life, work and every career path.

Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To

by David Sinclair and Matthew D. LaPlante 2019

Wow.  Tells about awesome studies underway that will extend lifespans past 100 years.  Author has been doing this research for 40 years.  Says targeted health improvements are on the way.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson  | Oct 15, 2019

Similar to Lifespan above.  Awe-inspiring stories about how incredible our bodies are.  A bit long.

And in the fun to read category:

The Guardians: A Novel 

by John Grisham  (Author) October, 2019

Great page turner about those who help free the innocent who have been wrongfully convicted.

Sins of the Fathers: A J.P. Beaumont Novel

by J. A. Jance  2019

Especially fun for those of us who live or grew up in Seattle.  Lots of favorite haunts and landmarks.

Sword of Kings: A Novel (Saxon Tales Book 12) 

by Bernard Cornwell  (Author). 2019

Historical novels are one of my vices.  This is #12 in telling the story of how England was united.

And two great movies … with lots of insights for our work!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood –

The widely acclaimed story of Mr. Rogers. Based loosely on  a 1998 magazine profile of “American Heroes.” 
One review says it is about “staying true to the things we know and the people we serve.”  Filled with many great insights in our adult lives … and for us as educators … healing the hurts of our students

Ford vs. Ferrari …

A great story about Ford’s quest for ‘speed and power’.  Lots of improvement science insights.  All about listening and learning and the quest to keep getting better.


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