How to Work on Oneself (Jens Oliver Meiert)

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How to Work on Oneself

“How can we learn more effectively, how can we best work on ourselves, how do we grow? That is the subject of this brief book, this short sketch by philosopher and world traveler Jens Oliver Meiert. A light treatise on personal growth, he goes over 20 paths to get to know ourselves, for ‘we are okay as we are, but we can always improve.’”

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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

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The Lord of the Rings

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. Continue reading…

Golden Prey (John Sandford)

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Golden Prey

“‘The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport.’

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Continue reading…

Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)

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Into the Water

“A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. Continue reading…

The Other Manifesto (of Mankind) (Anonymous)

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The Other Manifesto (of Mankind)

“Alternative ideas for how our world could look like, and how we could all live. Read and download The Other Manifesto for free at theothermanifesto​.org.”

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Public Opinion (Walter Lippmann)

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Public Opinion

“In what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann, the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and communication. As Michael Curtis indicates in his introduction to this edition. Public Opinion qualifies as a classic by virtue of its systematic brilliance and literary grace. The work is divided into eight parts, covering such varied issues as stereotypes, image making, and organized intelligence. The study begins with an analysis of ‘the world outside and the pictures in our heads,’ a leitmotif that starts with issues of censorship and privacy, speed, words, and clarity, and ends with a careful survey of the modern newspaper. Continue reading…

No More Mr. Nice Guy (Robert A. Glover)

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

“Originally published as an e-book that became a controversial media phenomenon, No More Mr. Nice Guy landed its author, a certified marriage and family therapist, on The O’Reilly Factor and the Rush Limbaugh radio show. Dr. Robert Glover has dubbed the ‘Nice Guy Syndrome’ trying too hard to please others while neglecting one’s own needs, thus causing unhappiness and resentfulness. It’s no wonder that unfulfilled Nice Guys lash out in frustration at their loved ones, claims Dr. Continue reading…

Getting More (Stuart Diamond)

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Getting More

“Based on more than 20 years of research and practice among 30,000 people in 45 countries, Getting More concludes that finding and valuing the other party’s emotions and perceptions creates far more value than the conventional wisdom of power and logic. It is intended to provide better agreements for everyone no matter what they negotiate—from jobs to kids to billion dollar deals to shopping.

The book, a New York Times bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal business best seller, is based on Professor Stuart Diamond’s award-winning course at the Wharton Business School, where the course has been the most popular over 13 years. Continue reading…

100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (Jens Oliver Meiert)

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100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer

“This is the book that the most boring person would write when it found a life and had too much time at his hands. Meet Jens, a hectic, neurotic self-proclaimed adventurer, and his very individual account of one hundred different activities he’s tried over the last three years (2010−2013). From crocheting to security guard certifications to rafting, everything had a lesson, and these lessons are shared in this book. Expect the German answer to Winston Wolfe to explain how to live a life, in his own words.”

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The Nature of Personal Reality (Jane Roberts)

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The Nature of Personal Reality

“In this perennial bestseller, Seth shows readers how we create our personal reality through our conscious beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world. His message is clear: we are not at the mercy of the subconscious, or helpless before forces we cannot understand. Seth challenges our assumptions about the nature of reality, and stresses the individual’s capacity for conscious actions. Included in this book are excellent exercises for applying his empowering insights to any life situation.”

“We are Gods couched in creaturehood. Continue reading…