Danielle Dobson’s Breaking The Gender Code

“This book puts the Gender Code under the microscope. It scrutinizes the equation of productivity + business = worthiness and dismantles outdated motherhood myths.” Danielle Dobson presents a series of perspectives on gender in Breaking the Gender Code. The book promises to scrutinize the gender code. It really is nothing more than a brief reviewContinue reading “Danielle Dobson’s Breaking The Gender Code”

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

In the beginning, nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. I had the pleasure of visiting the American Museum of Natural History in New YorkContinue reading “Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly

Far from being an effective shield, the illusion of invulnerability undermines the very response that would have supplied genuine protection. Having read The Gifts of Imperfection, I decided to read Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. It hit me in the chest with some brutally real quotes. She tackles vulnerability again, but she adds some really goodContinue reading “Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly”

Shahida Arabi’s The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Dealing with Toxic People

“I’ve learned that toxic people and narcissists find it quite easy to convince a highly empathic and conscientious person that they are paranoid, losing it, or just “over-reacting” when being manipulated. Therefore, these are the people who are targeted, because they can be conditioned to doubt themselves. Shahida Arabi’s The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide toContinue reading “Shahida Arabi’s The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Dealing with Toxic People”

Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Robert Sternberg, the present-day guru of intelligence, writes that the major factor in whether people achieve expertise “is not some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement.” This is a widely known theory of mind and psychology within the education circuit in Southern California and probably other areas of the world. It made sense for meContinue reading “Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

Alexandra Solomon’s Taking Sexy Back

Although sex is something you (usually) experience with another person, your sexuality is yours. Alexandra Solomon’s Taking Sexy Back is a very reaffirming book on the complicated nature of women’s sexuality. Having surveyed quite a few of the books within this genre, I find her to be reasonable but a little generic. However, I didContinue reading “Alexandra Solomon’s Taking Sexy Back”

Carol Mitchell’s Breaking Through “Bitch”

Both executive men and women have told me that if women do not find that perfect balance of sex stereotypic behavior (femininity) and professional leadership behavior, they are judged more harshly. A part of me expected this book to wow me, but I didn’t quite get that impression from Carol Mitchell’s Breaking Through Bitch. TheContinue reading “Carol Mitchell’s Breaking Through “Bitch””

Valorie Burton’s Successful Women Speak Differently

“Alisha, on the other hand, talked about her vision to pretty much anyone who would listen – and she did it in an easy, energetic way. She was sharing her passion, not selling something.” A lot of today’s self-help and professional development literature is informed by cognitive psychology and Valorie Burton’s Successful Women Speak DifferentlyContinue reading “Valorie Burton’s Successful Women Speak Differently”

Amy Morin’s 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Developing mental strength is about improving your ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Amy Morin’s 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do would be good book for individuals struggling with some depression and lack of motivation. One of the things that I wanted toContinue reading “Amy Morin’s 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”

Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing

Where did I find the courage to rebel, change my life, live alone? Ray Bradbury is among the most prolific writers that went on to write his own how-to book on creative writing. Wow, that last sentence had a lot of versions of “write” in it, LOL. But, there you have it. He’s a bigContinue reading “Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing”