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This 1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying organizing and storing Despite constant efforts to declutter your home do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once you ll never have to do it again Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever The KonMari Method with its revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results In fact none of Kondo s clients have lapsed and she still has a three-month waiting list With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don t this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm motivated mindset it can inspire
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it David Brooks With the wisdom humor curiosity and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways In The Social Animal he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together Now in The Road to Character he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me which emphasizes external success Brooks challenges us and himself to rebalance the scales between our r sum virtues achieving wealth fame and status and our eulogy virtues those that exist at the core of our being kindness bravery honesty or faithfulness focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed Looking to some of the world s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders Brooks explores how through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations they have built a strong inner character Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress... parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint Dorothy Day a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender Civil rights pioneers A Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade Blending psychology politics spirituality and confessional The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth Joy David Brooks writes is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else But it comes Praise for The Road to Character Brooks s gift as he might put it in his swift engaging way is for making obscure but potent social studies research accessible and even startling The Road to Character is a hyper-readable lucid often richly detailed human story In the age of the selfie Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint self-erasure and self-suspicion Pico Iyer The New York Times Book Review Brooks emerges as a countercultural leader The literary achievement of The Road to Character is inseparable from the virtues of its author As the reader you not only want to know about Frances Perkins or Saint Augustine You also want to know what Brooks makes of Frances Perkins or Saint Augustine Michael Gerson The Washington Post Original and eye-opening At his best Brooks is a normative version of Malcolm Gladwell culling from a wide array of scientists and thinkers to weave an idea bigger than the sum of its parts USA Today A powerful haunting book that works its way beneath your skin The Guardian U K Elegant and lucid a pitch-perfect clarion call issued not with preachy hubris but from a deep place of humility for awakening to the greatest rewards of living an essential read in its entirety Maria Popova Brain Pickingsmore
In Elon Musk Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley s most audacious entrepreneur Written with exclusive access to Musk his family and friends the book traces the entrepreneur s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk s world-changing companies PayPal Tesla Motors SpaceX and SolarCity and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way Vance uses Musk s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison Henry Ford Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs More than any other entrepreneur today Musk has dedicated... his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy more
In 2000 Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt Since then they ve earned over 130 million Where did the money come from Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs Now Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments In his New York Times bestselling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws In Clinton Cash he follows the Clinton money trail revealing the connection between their personal fortune their close personal friends the Clinton Foundation foreign nations and some of the highest ranks of government Schweizer reveals the Clinton s troubling dealings in Kazakhstan Colombia Haiti and other places at the wild west fringe of the global economy In this blockbuster expos Schweizer merely presents the troubling facts he s uncovered Meticulously researched and scrupulously sourced filled with headline-making revelations Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests and ultimately of fitness for high public office
In Being Mortal bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times transforming birth injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable But in the inevitable condition of aging and death the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit Nursing homes preoccupied with safety pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs Hospitals isolate the dying checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot Doctors committed to extending life continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering Gawande a practicing surgeon addresses his profession s ultimate limitation arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families Gawande offers examples of freer more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even... to the end providing not only a good life but also a good end more
Learn the secrets to maximizing your Social Security benefits and earn up to thousands of dollars more each year with expert advice that you can t get anywhere else Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits You could try reading all 2 728 rules of the Social Security system and the thousands of explanations of these rules but Kotlikoff Moeller and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy to understand and user-friendly style What you don t know can seriously hurt you wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost some individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year How many retirees or those nearing retirement know about such Social Security options as file and suspend apply for benefits and then don t take them Or start stop start start benefits stop them then re-start them Or just as important when and how to use these techniques Get What s Yours covers the most frequent benefit scenarios faced by married retired couples by divorced retirees by widows and widowers among others It explains what to do if you re a retired parent of dependent children disabled or an eligible beneficiary who continues... to work and how to plan wisely before retirement It addresses the tax consequences of your choices as well as the financial implications for other investments Many personal finance books briefly address Social Security but none offers the thorough authoritative yet conversational analysis found here You ve paid all your working life for these benefits Now get what s yours more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Tom Brokaw the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long happy and lucky life Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life with a strong marriage and family many friends and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author But in the summer of 2013 when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic his run of good luck was interrupted He received shocking news He had multiple myeloma a treatable but incurable blood cancer Friends had always referred to Brokaw s lucky star but as he writes in this inspiring memoir Turns out that star has a dimmer switch Brokaw takes us through all the seasons and stages of this surprising year the emotions discoveries setbacks and struggles times of denial acceptance turning points and courage After his diagnosis Brokaw began to keep a journal approaching this new stage of his life in a familiar role as a journalist determined to learn as much as he could about his condition to report the story and help others facing similar battles That journal became the basis of this wonderfully... written memoir the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality contemplating what means the most to him now and reflecting on what has meant the most to him throughout his life Brokaw also pauses to look back on some of the important moments in his career memories of Nelson Mandela the Dalai Lama the fall of the Berlin Wall the morning of September 11 2001 in New York City and more Through it all Brokaw writes in the warm intimate natural voice of one of America s most beloved journalists giving us Brokaw on Brokaw and bringing us with him as he navigates pain procedures drug regimens and physical rehabilitation Brokaw also writes about the importance of patients taking an active role in their own treatment and of the vital role of caretakers and coordinated care Generous informative and deeply human A Lucky Life Interrupted offers a message of understanding and empowerment resolve and reality hope for the future and gratitude for a well-lived life more
For more than sixty years the rock-solid time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century Learn Three fundamental techniques in handling people The six ways to make people like you The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will become filled with grace peace and unconditional love
A remarkable history with elements of both In the President s Secret Service and The Butler The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House from the Kennedys to the Obamas America s First Families are unknowable in many ways No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day Full of stories and details by turns dramatic humorous and heartwarming The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids butlers cooks florists doormen engineers and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion s 132 rooms 35 bathrooms 28 fireplaces three elevators and eight staircases and prepare everything from hors d oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners Over the course of the day they gather in the lower level s basement kitchen to share stories trade secrets forge lifelong friendships and sometimes even fall in love Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members many speaking for the first time with archival research Kate... Andersen Brower tells their story She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon s resignation and President Clinton s impeachment battle The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House more
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