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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
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
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
From 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
George Will on baseball Perfect Los Angeles Times In A Nice Little Place on the North Side leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home Wrigley Field as it turns one hundred years old Baseball Will argues is full of metaphors for life religion and happiness and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces But what is its true hyperbole-free history Winding beautifully like Wrigley s iconic ivy Will s meditation on The Friendly Confines examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field s legend and the larger-than-life characters from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck Durocher and Banks who brought it glory heartbreak and scandal Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor Will also explores his childhood connections to the team the Cubs future and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility In the end A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark It is the story of Chicago of baseball and of America itself
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
Behind every awful dangerous decision lurks one evil beast the Cool From politics to the personal from fashion to food from the campus to the locker room the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives At its most harmless it is annoying At its worst it is deadly on a massive scale The Cool are the termites of life infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within The Cool report the news write the scripts teach our children run our government and each day they pass judgment on those who don t worship at the altar of their coolness The cool fawn over terrorists mock the military and denigrate employers They are in short awful people From what we wear and what we eat to what we smoke and who we poke pop culture is crafted and manipulated by the cool and to Greg Gutfeld that s Not Cool How do the cool enslave you By convincing you that - If you don t agree with them no one will like you - If you don t follow them you will miss out on life - If you don t listen to them you will die a lonely loserHow do you vanquish the cool and discover your own true self Read this book In Not Cool Greg Gutfeld bestselling author of The Joy Of Hate lays out the battle plan for reclaiming the real American ideal of... cool--building businesses protecting freedom at home and abroad taking responsibility for your actions and leaving other people alone to live as they damn well please Not Cool fights back against the culture of phonies elitists and creeps who want your soul It s not a book it s a weapon and one should be armed with it at all times more