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Jane recommends By Celeste Ng. Easy to find in paperback from a local bookstore. The author is from Shaker Heights area (teacher). She has another well-acclaimed book, All the Things I Never Told You. Little Fires Everywhere talks about this family in a perfectly-planned town of Shaker Heights, Ohio – street widths are planned, alleys for trash pick-up to prevent garbage cans on the street, etc, but one day the mother of four wakes up and the houses are on fire – someone has set a fire on the bed of each person…/td>

Also recommended by Jane: If anyone has read any Anna Quindlen novels, she is a wonderful writer, and she has a new one coming out called Alternate Side about a road-rage related act of violence that happens to a family in a privileged area and the resulting fallout. Jane was recently there and saw the issue of not being able to get anywhere by car and can fully imagine the road rage. Kelly recommends Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander – a beautiful, intriguing book by an acclaimed neurosurgeon out of Harvard and he had a near-death experience and was in a coma for 7 days (e coli bacterial meningitis likely due to a trip to Israel) and this knowledgeable man describes his near-death experience. A wonderful book and a very quick read. She also read on of our previous recommendations, Origin, and loved it. Marcy recommends The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie which follows a sewing machine that was built during a historic strike at the Singer factory in 1911 and then follows the generations of users of the sewing machine who supported themselves by sewing Marcy also recommends When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi who is also a neurosurgeon (like Eben Alexander) – he has a very lyrical writing style that isn’t for everyone but the book is very thoughtful and beautiful. His wife wrote the afterword and she is also a great writer.
Nancee recommends Life is Good by Bert and John Jacobs, about the power of Optimism. The brothers are the founders of the Life is Good brand. Relates the 10 values they base their company on and take each one as a chapter and go through how that works in their company. One of her favorite parts is when they shut off their email, which who knows how that works. All in all, very reaffirming. Mady recommends How Luck Happens by Janice Kaplan who wrote the gratitude diaries. About how there is not really a lot behind luck, but really we prepare for opportunities to arise. A good book for people who like daily gratitude. Katie is a history buff and loves Carnegie’s Maid, by Marie Benedict who wrote The Other Einstein, and this story is about a real person Clara Kelly, a little bit fictionalized, who it is postulated had a big influence on Carnegie. Carnegie’s wife was not a warm, nice person and Clara Kelly was a poor Irish immigrant daughter of a farmer and was his right-hand person after many years in the household and spent most of her time tending to him and his children, including traveling with them. It’s felt she softened him and turned him into the philanthropist he became. Katie also recommends Ron Chernow’s exploration of Grant, called Grant, and he talks about Grant in a way Katie really enjoyed. He was a war hero but not loved as a president, emotionally unavailable, politically savvy, and he truly did change the republican party when he was in office. Katie also recommends a leadership book she purchased for all of her leaders: Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team – a companion/how-to book to Simon’s Book. Easy read with a lot of practical tips, scripting, etc.
Julie is working through Jane’s recommendations as well as the others on our website. She’s also listening to a book called West Cork – part of a program Amazon has to promote new books on Audible before releasing them. Written by a kid right out of high school. Fun irish accent too. Cindi is reading The Darkest Child by Delores Philips, which provides a perspective on what it was like to be a young black person in the 1950s grappling with segregation and desegregation. The main character is one of 10 children by 10 dads and her mother is also abusive. The writing makes you feel like you’re sitting in their front room. Cindi is also listening to Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness which is so timely with everything going on in the world and gives her skills to invite real conversation with people who have differing opinions versus just exchanging opinions. Definitely applicable to working with patients as well, but very helpful with family. Paula Meyer got a book for Mother’s Day – she plans to get it for all of the nurses in her family: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind. Elizabeth recommends Execution by Larry Bossidy – about how to get things done.
Peg recommends Find Your Whistle. “Four-Time International Whistling Champion Christopher Ullman presents Find Your Whistle, the heartwarming, hilarious, and outrageous journey of a Washington and Wall Street insider who uses his simple gift to touch hearts and change lives. In this sweet and authentic memoir, world whistling champion Christopher Chris Ullman a managing director at one of the world’s most powerful private equity firms tells readers how he found, developed, and shares his whistle with big-wig politicians, special needs children, Wall Street billionaires, and more than 400 people on their birthdays every year. Chris inspires readers to find their simple gift – their whistle – and make the world a better place.“
Susan Stacey recommends about the social aspects of plagues. The book is witty and fun despite the gruesome topic. Jane Hutcheson recommends about the people who worked to save the artwork during the siege of WWII – story told in the past and present via a worker who is now suffering from Alzheimers and trying to tell her family. Jane Hutcheson also recommends – will really appeal to people from a small town. Follow-up to Nobody’s Fool but stands alone as well. Peg Currie recommends. She was surprised to learn how long women have been tying flies. A fun read on the topic.
Julie Ostrom recommends as a collection of short stories of inspiration and strength. Cindi Warburton recommends. It’s nerdy but really good. A perspective on how finance has such a deep influence on relationships – for example, the best insurance is a good relationship with your family, because who is going to take care of you when you’re in need. Contains math, history, and everything else. Cindi is also listening to this. Peg is listening to this and enjoying it. Kelly Espinoza recommends. Set in 18th century. Fun, easy read of historical fiction. Story of one woman’s extremely humble beginnings and the steps in her life from living on the street to becoming a courtesan.
Kelly also recommends – another cute, fun, fast read on how Chip and Joanna Gaines began. Jennifer Packer recommends. A true story about a character named Laura who met a young boy on the streets of New York City and what followed – they became friends and he grew up and became a father. Marcy Holmes recommends. A Young Adult novel about a kid with facial deformities attending school for the first time and how he is impacted and impacts other people’s lives. Very sweet. Mady Murrey recommends. Elizabeth Fiegel has been reading with her CEO and leadership teams. Highly recommended.