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Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected hilarious and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes A lifelong nonbeliever he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor a mysterious self-help guru and a gaggle of brain scientists Eventually Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset the incessant insatiable voice in his head which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out We all have a voice in our head It s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily checking our email compulsively eating when we re not hungry and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present Most of us would assume we re stuck with this voice that there s nothing we can do to rein it in but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that It s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis... he met instead it s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless meditation After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs scientists and even marines who are now using it for increased calm focus and happiness 10 Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America s spiritual scene and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives more
In Thrive Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today s world Arianna Huffington s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye -- the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group -- one of the fastest growing media companies in the world -- celebrated as one of the world s most influential women and gracing the covers of magazines she was by any traditional measure extraordinarily successful Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion she wondered is this really what success feels like As more and more people are coming to realize there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success -- money and power -- has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses and an erosion in the quality of our relationships family life and ironically our careers In being connected to the world 24... 7 we re losing our connection to what truly matters Our current definition of success is as Thrive shows literally killing us We need a new way forward In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013 she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool They may hold us up temporarily but sooner or later we re going to topple over We need a third leg -- a third metric for defining success -- to truly thrive That third metric she writes in Thrive includes our well-being our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom our sense of wonder and our capacity for compassion and giving As Arianna points out our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success They don t commemorate our long hours in the office our promotions or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder They are not about our resumes -- they are about cherished memories shared adventures small kindnesses and acts of generosity lifelong passions and the things that made us laugh In this deeply personal book Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters -- of juggling business deadlines and family crises a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her aha moment Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology sports sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation mindfulness unplugging and giving Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture our thinking our workplace and our lives more
An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation Marina Keegan s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012 She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker Tragically five days after graduation Marina died in a car crash As her family friends and classmates deep in grief joined to create a memorial service for Marina her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News The Opposite of Loneliness went viral receiving more than 1 4 million hits She had struck a chord Even though she was just twenty-two when she died Marina left behind a rich expansive trove of prose that like her title essay captures the hope uncertainty and possibility of her generation The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem blage of Marina s essays and stories that like The Last Lecture articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry This means that women s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg examines why women s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled explains the root causes and offers compelling commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time s 100 Most Influential People in the World In 2010 she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers Her talk which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times encouraged women to sit at the table seek challenges take risks and pursue their goals with gusto In Lean In Sandberg digs deeper into these issues combining personal anecdotes hard data and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women She recounts her own decisions mistakes... and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself her career and her family She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques mentorship and building a satisfying career urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of having it all She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home Written with both humor and wisdom Sandberg s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can t do to what they can more
All God s Dangers won the National Book Award in 1975 There are only a few American autobiographies of surpassing greatness Now there is another one Nate Shaw s New York Times On a cold January morning in 1969 a young white graduate student from Massachusetts stumbling along the dim trail of a long-defunct radical organization of the 1930s the Alabama Sharecropper Union heard that there was a survivor and went looking for him In a rural settlement 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he found him the man he calls Nate Shaw a black man 84 years old in full possession of every moment of his life and every facet of its meaning Theodore Rosengarten the student had found a black Homer bursting with his black Odyssey and able to tell it with awesome intellectual power with passion with the almost frightening power of memory in a man who could neither read nor write but who sensed that the substance of his own life and a million other black lives like his were the very fiber of the nation s history H Jack Geiger New York Times Book Review Extraordinarily rich and compelling possesses the same luminous power we associate with Faulkner Robert Coles Washington Post Book World Eloquent and revelatory This is an anthem to... human endurance Studs Terkel New Republic The authentic voice of a warm brave and decent individual A pleasure to read Shaw s observations on the life and people around him clothed in wonderfully expressive language are fresh and clear H W Bragdon Christian Science Monitor Astonishing Nate Shaw was a formidable bearer of memories Miraculously this man s wrenching tale sings of life s pleasures honest work the rhythm of the seasons the love of relatives and friends the stubborn persistence of hope when it should have vanished All God s Dangers is most valuable for its picture of pure courage Paul Grey Time A triumph of ideas and historical content as well of expression and style Randall Jarrell Harvard Educational Review Tremendous a testimony of human nobility the record of a heroic man with a phenomenal memory and a life experience of a kind of seldom set down in print a person of extraordinary stature industrious brave prudent and magnanimous One emerges from these hundred of pages wiser sadder and better because of them A unique triumph Alfred C Ames Chicago Tribune Book World Awesome and powerful A living history of nearly a century of cataclysmic change in the life of the Southerner both black and white Nate Shaw spans our history from slavery to Selma and he can evoke each age with an accuracy and poignancy so pure that we stand amazed Baltimore Sunmore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft thirst and starvation... enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will In her long-awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit Praise for Unbroken Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Marvelous Unbroken is wonderful twice over for the tale it tells and for the way it s told It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety Newsweek Moving and yes inspirational Laura Hillenbrand s unforgettable book deserve s pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it Christopher McDougall author of Born to Runmore
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Ed Catmull co-founder with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter of Pixar Animation Studios comes an incisive book about creativity in business sure to appeal to readers of Daniel Pink Tom Peters and Chip and Dan Heath Creativity Inc is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation into the meetings postmortems and Braintrust sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made It is at heart a book about how to build a creative culture but it is also as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible For nearly twenty years Pixar has dominated the world of animation producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy Monsters Inc Finding Nemo The Incredibles Up and WALL-E which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards The joyousness of the storytelling the inventive plots the emotional authenticity In some ways Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is Here in this book Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made... Pixar so widely admired and so profitable As a young man Ed Catmull had a dream to make the first computer-animated movie He nurtured that dream as a Ph D student at the University of Utah where many computer science pioneers got their start and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led indirectly to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986 Nine years later Toy Story was released changing animation forever The essential ingredient in that movie s success and in the thirteen movies that followed was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar based on philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention such as Give a good idea to a mediocre team and they will screw it up But give a mediocre idea to a great team and they will either fix it or come up with something better If you don t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature you will be ill prepared to lead It s not the manager s job to prevent risks It s the manager s job to make it safe for others to take them The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them A company s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure Everybody should be able to talk to anybody Do not assume that general agreement will lead to change it takes substantial energy to move a group even when all are on board Advance praise for Creativity Inc Many have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isn t strictly a well of ideas but an alchemy of people In Creativity Inc Ed reveals with commonsense specificity and honesty examples of how not to get in your own way and how to realize a creative coalescence of art business and innovation George Lucas Business gurus love to tell stories about Pixar but this is our first chance to hear the real story from someone who lived it and led it Everyone interested in managing innovation or just good managing needs to read this book Chip Heath co-author of Switch and Decisivemore
In Face the Music Paul Stanley the co-founder and famous Starchild frontman of KISS reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band Face the Music is the shocking funny smart inspirational story of one of rock s most enduring icons and the group he helped create define and immortalize Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and 60s a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity Born with a condition called microtia he grew up partially deaf with only one ear But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits music With never-before-seen photos and images throughout Stanley s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems the many brawls and betrayals and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage Raw and confessional Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades And no one comes out... unscathed including Stanley himself People say I was brave to write such a revealing book but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book and where my story might take them is why I m sharing it Paul Stanleymore
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works and really doesn tAs a child in small-town Oklahoma Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher an ambitious goal given her family s modest means Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt Then came the phone call that changed her life could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled often dysfunctional ways of Washington She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it Finally at age 62 she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive and watched Senate race in the country In this passionate funny rabble-rousing book Warren shows why she has chosen... to fight tooth and nail for the middle class and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America s government can and must do better for working families more
John Wayne was one of Hollywood s most famous and most successful actors but he was more than that He became a symbol of America itself He epitomized the Western film which for many people epitomized America He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979 making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another But unlike fellow actor Ronald Reagan Wayne had no interest in politics as a career Like many stars he altered his life story claiming to have become an actor almost by accident when in fact he had studied drama and aspired to act for most of his youth He married three times all to Latina women and conducted a lengthy affair with Marlene Dietrich as unlikely a romantic partner as one could imagine for the Duke Wayne projected dignity integrity and strength in all his films even when his characters were flawed and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way More than thirty years after his death he remains the standard by which male stars are judged and an actor whose morally unambiguous films continue to attract sizeable audiences Scott Eyman interviewed Wayne as well as many family members and he has drawn on previously... unpublished reminiscences from friends and associates of the Duke in this biography as well as documents from his production company that shed light on Wayne s business affairs He traces Wayne from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and dozens of films after that Eyman perceptively analyzes Wayne s relationship with John Ford the director with whom he s most associated and who made some of Wayne s greatest films among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon The Quiet Man and The Searchers His evaluation of Wayne himself is shrewd a skilled actor who was reluctant to step outside his comfort zone Wayne was self-aware he once said I ve played the kind of man I d like to have been It s that man and the real John Wayne who are brilliantly profiled in Scott Eyman s insightful biography of a true American legend more