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An Excerpt from Joanna Barsh's "Grow Wherever You Work."


Earlier this week, Joanna Barsh talked to the Amazon Book Review about her new book, Grow Wherever You Work: Straight Talk to Help With Your Toughest Challenges. This latest book by Barsh, a longtime director of McKinsey & Company, uses real-life case studies from the work lives of more than 200 rising leaders to create a guide getting through the trickiest times in a career, from "When Work Holds No Passion" to "When Everything Sucks." Intrigued?

Resolution Cage Match: "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" versus "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"


New year, new you—right? On January first, hot off a night of staying up late and consuming extraneous amounts of delicious food and alcohol, we stare at ourselves in the mirror in the milky light of winter morning and decide what we want to change about ourselves.

Celebrity Picks: John le Carré's Favorite Reads of 2017


John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy made the character George Smiley an icon of espioage fiction.

Five Don't-Miss Graphic Novels for Kids


We've seen an explosion of graphic novels for kids in recent years, led by authors like Dav Pilkey, who's Captain Underpants and Dog Man series' have made readers out of kids who didn't think books were fun.  In 2015 two of the Newbery Honor books were graphic novels, Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl and Cece Bell's El Deafo.  Both are now finding their way into school reading curriculum (including my daughter's 5th grade classroom), giving even more kids a way into reading though a format that works for them.

Celebrity Picks: Tim Ferriss's Favorite Reads of 2017


Photo credit: Andrew Kelly If you were searching for a mentor, you would be wise to attach yourself to Tim Ferriss.

Celebrity Picks: Ian Falconer's Favorite Reads of 2017


Ian Falconer's precocious porcine character has been delighting children since she arrived on the page in Olivia which promptly won a Caldecott Honor award.

Celebrity Picks: Ian Falconer's Favorite Reads of 2017


Ian Falconer's precocious porcine character has been delighting children since she arrived on the page in Olivia which promptly won a Caldecott Honor award.

Joanna Barsh: How I Learned to "Grow Wherever You Work"


Joanna Barsh began her long career in global business as a production assistant in the movie industry, where she says she "spent my days trying to do my best, getting yelled out, and being bored." How times change.

Celebrity Picks: Diana Gabaldon's Favorite Reads of 2017


It's really hard to believe, but Diana Gabaldon continued her uber-popular Outlander series with Dragonfly in Amber over 25 years ago!

Celebrity Picks: Jason Reynolds' Favorite Reads of 2017


Jason Reynolds recently told me about one of the best days of his life: the day he took his mother to the National Book Awards gala where his book didn't take the prize, but the two of them got to see congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis win, and win again.  That story says a lot about the kind of person Reynolds is, and his writing reflects his generous spirit.

Sticky Fingers: Jann Wenner and the Birth of the Modern Celebrity


Jann Wenner wanted a biography. As founder and Editor in Chief of Rolling Stone magazine, he has wielded an outsized influence over popular culture for decades, and his biography would have to match.

Celebrity Picks: Dar Williams' Favorite Reads of 2017


Singer-songwriter Dar Williams has spent a great deal of time on the road during her music career, and she's seen much of this country from big city to small town.

Rethinking Rural: The New Women Writers of the Countryside


Perhaps it’s anxiety about the environment that’s given rise to fiction that’s preoccupied by the ways we interact with the natural world.

An Essay from Ursula K. Le Guin's New Book "No Time to Spare"


Ursula K. Le Guin's book of essays No Time to Spare was one of our Best Books of December. I wrote the Amazon review for the book; here's what I said: "Ursula K.

Celebrity Picks: Gail Simmons' Favorite Reads of 2017


Top Chef judge Gail Simmons gets to eat a lot of different things from a lot of different places. When she decided on the topic of her first cookbook, she chose the foods of the world that she loved and learned to reproduce in her own kitchen.

YA for Everyone: Hilary Reyl's Neuro-Diverse Romance


Hilary Reyl’s young adult novel, Kids Like Us, begins with a 16-year-old boy riding a train through the French countryside.

An Interview with Ed Asner, The Grouchy Historian


Ed Asner has a message for anyone who thinks they know exactly how to interpret Constitution of the United of America: Not even the Founding Fathers knew, and neither do you.

Celebrity Picks: Pierce Brown's Favorite Reads of 2017


Pierce Brown is known for his wildly successful sci-fi series Red Rising, which continues with Iron Gold.

Holiday Baking Home Stretch


This week ovens are working overtime and if you need some last minute inspiration, check out the latest theme on our Foodie Finds page: Holiday Baking.  Once again we teamed up with Amazon Kitchen to choose our favorite cookbooks and kitchen items for the most festive baking season of the year.  You'll also find four recipe excerpts from some of our cookbook picks both on the page and below.  Each and every one of them perfect for gifting or sharing...

Authors' Favorites: The Best Contemporary Romances of 2017


Cowboys, bodyguards, billionaires, and rock stars... Contemporary romance can cover a lot of territory, and sometimes it's a challenge to figure out which novel to pick up next.


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