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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Jun 30, 2021 8:34:57 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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It’s Not About You by Tom Rath

May 30, 2021 3:52:27 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Generosity Unbound by Claire Gaudiani

May 1, 2021 8:08:04 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s note:  I don’t know how I stumbled on this decade-old book but beyond Gaudiani’s ill-advised “independence declaration”, she riveted my interest.  Claire Gaudiani is a well-known student of philanthropy in the USA.  The history of American philanthropy (See Zinsmeister from earlier blogs) fascinates me.  The second value of this book is her argument in favor of a middle ground between too much government regulation of giving and leaving philanthropy entirely unbound.  It’s an endless but worthy concern since neither our government nor our wealthy can be entirely trusted. 

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Mar 29, 2021 8:15:09 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s Comment:  Bryson is well known for his variety of interests, from his ambitious “A Short History of Nearly Everything” to a delightful childhood memoir I read called “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”.  “The Body” fascinated me with startling details of how our body works.  Chapters are broken into parts: brain, heart, lungs as well as systems: immune, chemistry and skeleton.  Bryson adds a point of view, such as his concerns over the overuse of antibiotics.  (see excerpt)  I’m recommending this book with only two promises, it’s far more readable than your biology textbook and you will understand a lot more about the only body you’ll ever own when you’re done.

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Creative Capital by Spencer Ante

Feb 27, 2021 6:01:26 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Adventures of a Bystander by Peter Drucker

Dec 31, 2020 10:05:52 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

Nov 29, 2020 12:01:59 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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The Wisdom of Finance

Oct 31, 2020 12:02:58 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Book of the Month by Mihir Desai

Editor’s note:  Thanks to my son, Timmy, for this my favorite read of the year so far.  I imagine that loving it depends on your perspective.  My children and I consider ourselves wisdom-seeking writers who generally hold finance in disdain.  And I know quite a few finance wizards who are not inclined to the arts.  Desai, a long-time business and law professor at Harvard makes wonderful connections between the two disciplines – from as far back as Archimedes to as current as The Simpsons.  I mean, who knew that the first examples of 529 college plans were romance savings accounts (for dowries) in 15th century Florence!

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Strengths Based Leadership by by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

Sep 29, 2020 12:10:33 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Furnishing Eternity by David Giffels

Aug 30, 2020 9:48:36 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Recommended Books

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Editor’s note: Thanks to friend, Frank Dixon, for turning me onto Giffels, a local (Akron) professor and writer. Don’t let the theme of building his own coffin (yes, that’s the story) throw you off. Rather than morbid this book is filled with wisdom, warmth and laughter. It is quite more about living than dying. Whether the cause is the author’s writing or my comprehension, the book started to really delight and engage me more after page 148, when at least a half dozen times I would stop, say “wow” and reread the paragraph or section.

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