Posts Tagged ‘useful’


August 10, 2011

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Title: Outliers: The Story of Success

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: November 2008

Number of Pages: 336

Geographical Setting: N/A

Time Period: N/A

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: In this intriguing book, the author Malcolm Gladwell asks how successful people, such as celebrities and sports figures have achieved such greatness. Is it pure luck or hard work and determination? Some are born with high IQ’s and innate abilities, but others must spend the proverbial 10,000 practicing a task in order to conquer it and be successful.

Subject Headings: success, achievement, social environment, famous persons, successful people.

Appeal: provocative, insightful, inspiring, fascinating, intriguing, useful, smart, interesting.

3 terms that best describe this book: .

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?)

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin. (Author Geoff Colvin asserts in this book that no talent is innate and that all greatness comes from hard work and practice alone.)

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande. (Atul Gawande takes the reader into the stressful lives of doctors and explores the consequences they must face while attempting to be their best at all times.)

Bounce by Matthew Syed. (This book focuses on greatness and asks if everyone has the innate ability to become truly talented.)
3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. (A young Maya and her little brother must adjust to a new life with their grandmother, cope with prejudice, and Maya must allow herself to feel free and content within her won skin.)

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff. (This memoir tells the story of Toby, a boy who must deal with a difficult upbringing and learn to achieve success all on his own.)

Push by Sapphire. (In this novel, the protagonist is a 16-year-old pregnant girl who must learn to overcome a hard life and adversity with the help of a teacher.)

Name: Mindy Foote


How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

March 30, 2011

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Author: Dale Carnegie
Title: How to Win Friends & Influence People
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publication Date: Original 1936; Revised, 1982
Number of Pages: 260
Geographical Setting: United States
Time Period: 20th Century

Plot Summary: This is the classic “how-to” book for understanding and improving communication between yourself and others, whether it be in the business world, or with a spouse.  Carnegie originally wrote this book at the end of the Great Depression, with intent to help inspire those he felt were bored by other ‘self-improvement’ books, and its last revision was in 1982.  With classic and timeless advice in dealing with difficult people and situations, persuading others with techniques to help you achieve success, the overall theme is reminding us to treat people with respect and courtesy. Carnegie provides countless examples of situations to illustrate his theories and offers real world advice on how people reading the book can use it in their lives.  Different sections include “Fundamental Techniques in Dealing with People,” “Six Ways to Make People Like You,” “How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking,” and “Be a Leader.”  Following each section is a concise recap with key points to consider and remember.  An index at the end of the book allows the reader to quickly look up by name, a particular example.

Subject Headings: NonFiction; Success; Persuasion, Psychology; Leadership; Business Communication

Appeal: fast paced, conversational, practical, introspective, self-improvement, persuasive, inspiring, useful, realistic, communicative, straightforward, influential, educational, earnest, psychology, leadership, classic, timeless

3 terms that best describe this book: communication techniques, business advice, human behavior

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

  • Think Like a Champion by Donald Trump is a collection of Trump’s most profound essays on dealing with business challenges, life struggles and his view on how to achieve success through what is called an “informal education.”
  • Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in life) by Cathie Black; Black is the president of the Hearst Magazine empire, and through this motivational book, shares her secrets to success geared towards women in business.  She discusses negotiating and leadership while describing ways to better achieve balance at home and work.
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, also the author of the bestseller, Blink.  In this book, he identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers with examples in business and popular culture.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

  • Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra is a fictional account of the life of the Buddha, written for western readers, traces his spiritual journey while explaining how his experiences and teachings have changed the world and continue to influence every facet of life.
  • Playing With Boys by Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez is a story of three Latin-American women in their late twenties, including an actress, a suburban mother, and a music manager, and the tales of their success and failures of their relationships and business lives in Los Angeles.
  • Company by Max Barry is a fictional and humorous satire of the corporate world told from the perspective of Stephen Jones, who works at the the Zephyr Holding Building, and where he finds a company defined by its lack of clarity, a building numbered in reverse, and an invisible CEO.

–Jennifer Peterson