Favorite Books of 2017: Nonfiction
Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

I found this book encouraging, practical, and thought-provoking—a great combination for this kind of nonfiction work. The idea here is that truly great work has perennial value—not just when it's first released, but for years, decades, or even centuries after. The concept applies to books and films and paintings and business ideas. The underlying premise that good work endures is encouraging, and the numerous examples featuring Jack Kerouac, Lady Gaga, Katz's Deli, Iron Maiden, Paulo Coehlo, Winston Churchill, Elon Musk, and more were both fascinating and illuminating. More info →
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The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

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We've all had them—those memorable moments that have a disproportionate impact on our lives, the ones that make us feel proud, insightful, connected, even transcendent. The moments that we know are special, both as we experience them, and through the lens of memory, years later. In this pageturner of a business book (yep, that's a thing) the Heath brothers explain not only why those moments are so special, but how we can deliberately create more of them in our own and other people's lives. Practical and inspiring, and so much good food for thought. More info →
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Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

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Series: 2017 Summer Favorites, Book 3
If I were to judge my books by how many passages require book darts, this one wins everything. Time, memory, marriage—things many of us relate to, or can at least imagine—but Shapiro writes about them with such freshness the concepts seem brand new. My favorite line of exploration: the nature of mistakes, near-misses, and time: "The stumbles and falls; the lapses in judgment; the near misses; the could-haves. I’ve become convinced that our lives are shaped less by the mistakes we make than when we make them." I wouldn't have "gotten" this at 22 but adored it in my 30s. More info →
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