Feminist Books Read by Emma Watson

Feminist Books Read by Emma Watson

WhyToRead kicks off 2017 with a review of some feminist books from Emma Watson’s (of Harry Potter fame) reading list of 2016. Emma is a noted feminist and interested in women’s rights. Some books may be a bit radical for your taste, some will be enjoyed by everyone.  Strong women, success stories, overcoming challenges are always interesting and provide opportunity to learn something.

Remember, reading something a bit different is good for the brain.  What’s good for the brain keeps us alive.

1. My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem is well known as a feminist, political activist, writer and co-founder of Ms. magazine. She came to prominence as a feminist leader in late 1960s and 1970s through her work in the women’s liberation movement. But how did she become such a prominent feminist figure? Steinem provides an answer to that question in her book My Life on the Road published in 2015. This is a honest memoir about her life spent on the road. First through her childhood with her family, then later as an activist, speaker, organizer and journalist. As she describes her life on the road she also describes her personal growth and the growth of the ongoing movement for equality and fight for a better society. This is a book about one woman’s journey. A woman who is constantly trying to change our word for better.

2. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center – bell hooks

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bell hooks (no capitals!) is the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, an African- American author, feminist and activist. During her professional life she published more than 30 books on topics of patriarchy, masculinity, sexuality, black men, etc.
In Feminist Theory, originally published in 1984, bell hooks writes about the goals of the feminist movement. Bell covers the role of men in the feminist struggle, solidarity among women, the nature of revolution and the relevance of pacifism.  She coins the term white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy and through it criticizes American culture.  In contrast, she also offers potential solutions to the topics she explores.
This is a carefully argued book in which hooks argues that feminism needs to move on from seeking credibility and reliance on white middle-class women.  A great work written by an African- American feminist.  It provides a different approach to feminism and feminist books.

3. Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit; Making the most of all of your life. – Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda is many things. The daughter of actor Henry Fonda, actress, writer, political activist, and fitness guru, just to name few. She won an Academy Award and BAFTA Award twice in her acting career. In 1982 she made and released her first workout video that became the highest-selling video of the time. She is an author of several books on different subjects. In Prime Time published in 2011 Jane Fonda writes about her midlife and beyond. She explores and gives advice on how to become energetic, loving, and what is the most important, fulfilled selves. By combining her own personal experiences and experiences of other people with new research, Fonda outlines 11 key ingredients to vitality. Some of them are: exercise and diet, forging new ways in the brain, staying connected, loving and giving of oneself. An empowering book that offers an insight how to have the best and fullest life all your life. This is definitely a book for everyone past their childhood.

4. Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl: A memoir – Carrie Brownstein

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Carrie Brownstein is American musician, actress, and comedian. She became known as a musician as a member of a band Excuse 17. After that she formed punk-indie trio Slater-Kinney who was also a key part of early riot-girrrl and indie rock scene. Currently she is popular due her co-development and starring in TV comedy Portlandia. Brownstein was also the only woman listed on Rolling Stones readers’ list “25 Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time” in 2006.
Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl is her memoir. It is deeply personal and it uncovers Brownstein’s life from her youth to becoming a successful comic performer. She writes about her love for music and how she became a pioneering female guitarist. This book is an intimate voyage in the world of independent music and music industry. An amazing story about what is like to be a woman in the music industry. A must read for all music and pop culture fans.

5. The Girl with the Lower back Tattoo – Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer is American writer stand-up comedian, actress and producer. She has been nominated and received awards for her writing, performing and acting in different comedies and TV-shows.
In her autobiography (not memoirs, as she says in the Preface) The Girl with the Lower back Tattoo Schumer provides funny insight into her life so far. From her teenage years onward, she is writes about her family, relationships and sex. She even writes a letter to her vagina. Besides being funny her recount is so honest and filled with amazing memories. Readers will definitely learn and admire how Amy became a woman who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.  A must read for all Amy Schumer fans. Also, those who like strong and independent women will also enjoy this lightly feminist book.

6. Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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First published in 1992, Women Who Run With the Wolves has become a classic on the psychology of women. Over 600 pages long, psychologist Dr Estés has created a lexicon of female psyche. She writes about psychology of women in its truest sense.
In this magnificent book Dr. Estés unravels fairy tales, stories and intercultural myths to help women to reconnect with their lost nature. Through different stories, tales and myths and her comments she examines the Wild Woman in order to fully understand her. This is a book for all women who are interested to work on themselves. It’s a book for all brave women who want to dig deep into themselves. And a road map to a women’s instinctual self.

7. Self-Made Man: One Women’s Year Disguised as a Man – Norah Vincent

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Norah Vincent is an American writer and a journalist who writes for many well-known US newspapers. In 2003 she decided to take a leave from her writing and spend eighteen months working and dating – in drag as a man. The result of this decision was a book that became a New York Times bestseller. She writes of her experience of frequenting sex clubs, dating women who are bitter about man, but still hungry for love and being a part of men’s world. Vincent’s writing provides interesting insight into the world of men apart from and in relation to women. It also reveals some mysteries of gender identity.
Written with (necessary) humor this is an interesting book about the world of man as no woman has ever seen before. ED: perhaps not a feminist book, but definitely worth a read by even the most harden feminist. Know thy enemy and all that.

8. Mom & Me & Mom – Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou was American writer and civil right activist. She is best known for her first of seven autobiographies I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (foreword by Oprah Winfrey) in which she wrote about her early life up to age seventeen. Mom & Me & Mom is the 7th book in this series of autobiographies. It is also the deepest of them, because in it Angelou shares her personal story about her complex relationship with her mother.
It is Angelou’s recount of what was like being a daughter of Vivian Baxter, a nurse and a card dealer. Someone who was mostly absent from Angelou’s life during her early childhood. This is a tale of growing up without mother and about feelings of abandonment, but it is also a story about reconciliation. The reader will gain interesting insights into fragile mother daughter relationship.

Ok, so maybe few these books are truly feminist books. However they do feature strong women and serious feminine issues and relationships. We hope you read one today.

President Biographies and Election 2016 books

President Biographies and Election 2016 books

The 2016 US Presidential Election might still be a few months away, but the race to be the next President is hotting up.   Our list of US President biographies includes past, current and possible presidents.  Learn about the person who might be the next President.  How much do you know about past Presidents?

Reading about leaders is also highly recommended to develop leadership skills.  Leaders face challenges and set backs.  Reading about successful leaders can help us in similar situations.

Past President Biographies:

1. Washington: A life – Ron Chernow

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Think you know all there is to know about America’s first president? Chernow’s biography of Washington goes beyond the formal portrait of President Washington, and introduces us to George Washington, the man. From this book, you will read about accounts that demonstrated all the qualities that made Washington a great leader, plus the other facets of his personality that are rarely found in other biographies. The author also spared no words at pointing out the president’s faults. It is a refreshing biography that brings to light the more human sides of America’s founding father in great detail – flaws and all.

2. John Adams – David McCullough

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John Adams was the 1st Vice President, and 2nd US President, succeeding George Washington in 1797. Relying mostly on correspondences through letters written between Adams and his wife Abigail, McCullough pieced together a vivid and compelling picture of American’s second president. This Pulitzer-winning biography skips the line-by-line history of America’s founding and focuses on Adams’s role in the journey. You will be quite delighted to read about Adams’s relationship with his wife and how she impacted his success.

3. Truman – David McCullough

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Truman was the 33rd President in office from 1945 to 1953. At a length of approximately 1000 pages, this is a big book. Fortunately, McCullough is a skilled biographer capable of making the life story of Harry S. Truman read like a novel. Filled with fascinating insights, great details and factually accurate, you will breeze through the 1000 pages on the life and times of one of America’s greatest presidents.

4. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt – Edmund Morris

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26th President, 1901 – 1909 What makes a biography such an amazing read is when it zooms in on details of the subject’s life that are not already covered by history books. Roosevelt is considered one of the most venerated American presidents of the 20th century, but Morris choose to focus, not on his presidency, but the various aspects of his life – from childhood all the way to his presidential greatness. This is not your run-of-the-mill formal biography and all you can expect from a Pulitzer winning biographer.

5. Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris

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Unlike his previous book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt which offers a closer look at the president’s life, this follow-up volume covers his prolific presidency. Going beyond what history books already tell us, Morris also covers a great deal about Roosevelt’s relationship with family and contemporaries while in office. The author, while mostly on the president’s side, is also fairly critical of the Roosevelt’s unpopular choices. Both of Morris’s Roosevelt books are definitely recommended reads for anyone with a keen interest in 20th century American history.

Current President Biographies (2016)

6. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama

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An autobiography written prior to his presidency, Dreams from My Father offers candid look into Obama’s backgrounds, personal life and his leadership aspirations. The book is simply filled with Obama’s intelligent, insightful and at times surprising observations of issues that are deeply personal to him. It is interesting to note that this book was written when the president was just out of law school, and was offered a publishing deal after being elected president of Harvard Law Review. Though not a new book, it is still an interesting read on America’s 44th president, in his own words.

7. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama – David Remnick

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Remnick’s book could not have been more perfectly times, especially as Obama reaches the end of his time as 44th President of the United States. It is arguably one of the few books written about Obama that goes beyond history and public portrait of the president, with inclusion of interviews with former acquaintances and colleagues of the president. The author also does a fantastic job of taking an unbiased stance. It is an excellent material to look back on the milestones in American civil rights history in past eight years of Obama being in office.

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8. HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton – Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes

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Hilary Clinton may or may not be the next and 45th US president, but she has definitely made her mark as a political figure. There are several books written about Clinton, including her own memoir. This book by Allen and Parnes examine her seven-year tenure as Secretary of State. HRC is more political than personal, and may not be for everyone. However, if you have an interest in taking a closer look at Clinton’s role in the Obama administration, the book would be an interesting read.

9. The Truth About Trump – Michael D’Antonio

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With Trump’s election campaign roaring along, D’Antonio has updated his bestselling hardcover book  Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (read our review of this book here) and released it in paperback with a new title.  This Pulitzer prize-winning reporter draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews.  Telling the whole story, from starting out in business, scandals, triumphs, successes and failures,  D’Anontio charts the path that made Trump. The Washington Post describes it as “a brisk and entertaining read”.  

10. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America – Jonathan Tasini

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This is an informative volume for supporters of Sanders who want a deeper understanding of his vision for the country. It compiles his speeches, public addresses and policy proposals – mostly in his own words – with commentary from the author. The chapters are short and easy to read, which makes it an ideal guide to Sanders as he makes his bid for the White House in 2016.

Graphic Novel Memoirs and Biographies for Adults

Graphic Novel Memoirs and Biographies for Adults

Hate reading? Many successful writers of books are now writing graphic novels (aka comics for adults); including graphic novel memoirs.

Because, lets face it, not everyone is a born reader or loves to read. When a picture paints a thousand words – and some us just understand pictures, or drawings better a graphic novel is the answer.

No longer just for kids, this list of the best selling graphic novel memoirs and graphic novel biographies, is for Adults!  As a graphic novel has far fewer words it can draw you into the imagery of the story quicker – which is encouraging for slower and reluctant readers of all ages.

5 Best Selling Graphic Novel Memoirs for Adults

1. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh

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Unique, witty and insightful, Hyperbole and a Half is a collection of comics that touch on many mundane and also serious subjects. This book contains a collection of comics, some that have appeared in Brosh’s hugely popular blog of the same name, but more than half are never before published material. While the illustrations are deceptively simple, Brosh demonstrates a special knack for capturing complex emotions and presenting her thoughts on a subject matter in a darkly humorous, yet brutally honest way.   To quote Allie, its about “stories about things that happened to me” and “stories about things that happened to other people because of me”.

2. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir – Stan Lee

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One can only expect the man who created many of the most iconic comic book characters would be quite an interesting persona himself. Indeed, in his aptly titled memoir; presented in the medium which he has been known for, one will come to find out there are many interesting aspects of Stan Lee’s life that even the most hardcore fans of his work will be surprised and amused about. If you have always been a lifelong fan of superheroes and the graphic storytelling medium, you will enjoy reading about the man whose imagination they sprang from.

3. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel

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When the ‘fun’ in the book title actually refers to funeral, you’d expect a dark and depressing memoir. While Fun Home does deal with dark themes like death, the pains of growing up homosexual and coming out of the closet, it is hardly a sullen memoir.

It is gripping, thoughtful and somewhat funny graphically rendered account of growing up in rural Pennsylvania. One can’t help but empathize with Bechdel, who managed to make peace with herself and her past after all.

Ed: This book is now a Broadway Musical!

4. Persepolis: – Marjane Satrapi

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Featured in many of our book lists before; our list of graphic novel memoirs would not be complete without this well known graphic novel.

Rendered in beautiful black and white illustrations, Persepolis is an autobiography that conveyed what it was like to experience the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war as a child in the 1970s and 80s. It presents a rare brutally honest view of Iranian society, without too much emphasis on history and sociology.

After all, the autobiography is not meant so much as a social commentary as it is a personal account of childhood during an interesting period in a nation’s history.

5. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir – Roz Chast

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One of the greatest concerns many people have as they grow old is being a burden to their children. Cartoonist Chast is the only child, born to older parents. In her graphical memoir, she provides an honest and very personal account of her mixed feelings dealing with her parents as they aged, and eventually could no longer care for themselves. It may be a difficult story to read, but it does offer some food for thought on the uncomfortable subject of aging and losing one’s independence.

5 Celebrity Autobiographies – all walks of life

5 Celebrity Autobiographies – all walks of life

The benefits of reading autobiographies, memoirs and diaries include the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons.  Some celebrities write autobiographies to simply promote themselves.  Other celebrities want to share life changing experiences with us.  And some people become celebrities through writing their autobiography.

These celebrities come from all walks of life and lifestyles. Reading these celebrity autobiographies will give us a glimpse of other worlds, behind the glitz and glamour we see on the media. And the difficulties and lessons that come with it.

1. Kim Kardashian – Selfish

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Her name is Kim Kardashian West, queen of selfies, and she’s been in the media spotlight for years. Time magazine calls her the first celebrity of #fame and she’s gained a following of over 30 million on Instagram. If you want hundreds of large printed pictures of a beautiful woman over the course of nine years of her young adult life then ‘boom’, you are in luck. Dive into her personal life and glance over 400 blown-up selfies, including nudes, as if they came straight from her smart phone to your coffee table.

2. Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist – Michael J Fox
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As an actor, Michael J Fox has touched the hearts of us all. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease our hearts sank for him. But, Michael stayed strong. Life can take a lot from us but Michael shows us that there are some things it never can. This memoir of the decade after his diagnosis is so uplifting and unexpectedly funny that you’ll read right through it without realizing.

3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed

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A national best seller and also an amazing Movie.

When all else fails, would you change your name and embark on a 2,000 mile hike alone? Well that’s exactly what Cheryl did. She changed her surname after her divorce, and at age 26 she began gathering supplies in order to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Her adventure involves more than just scares and chills with wildlife and intense weather, it’s also an inner journey. Find out how she completes her path to self discovery, literally, each step of the way. This story will lift you up and remind you of whats important.

 

4. Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny – Holly Madison

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Although not your typical mansion of mystery, The Playboy Mansion has secrets we’d all like to know. Love affairs, depression, and lies surrounded Holly Madison, the star of E!’s hit series, “The Girls Next Door” for seven years. In this thoughtful yet shocking memoir she sheds the truth behind the relationships of those living inside this famous mansion of sex, drugs, and infamous partying. In a world most of us can barely imagine, Holly shares the journey from suicide to television success via hard work in fighting for her dreams.

5. I Can See Clearly Now – Dr Wayne W Dyer

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Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s followers have been treated with delight because their spiritual teacher has written a memoir showing the world how he accomplished his own divine life mission, a mission he’s been helping people discover for decades. Due to his nature of self-help, this memoir is more than just a look at his life and career; it’s a course in the meaning of life and a guide for everyone’s own personal life mission.

Best Autobiographies of 5 Extraordinary Men

Best Autobiographies of 5 Extraordinary Men

So what is Autobiography?  And we don’t mean the new Range Rover Autobiography! (hint thats a car)

The definition of autobiography is it’s an account of a person’s life, written by that person.  If the story is written by someone else it is a Biography.  Sometimes an autobiography is co-written by a journalist or other experienced writer.  If the story is written without the approval or permission the subject, it is an unauthorised biography

The benefits of reading autobiographies are many and perhaps unexpected.  The opportunity to look into other people’s lives in different times, different places can be more exciting than any fiction, with real people portrayed in real events and real experiences.  We can learn from others experiences, making their lessons our own; without the pain.  We can appreciate other points of views, develop compassion and empathy.

This list of best autobiographies covers five extraordinary men who have done extraordinary things from very different beginnings in very different arenas of life.

We all need hero’s to look up to, to encourage us and uplift us by their examples.  You may not be able to hang out with these men, but through their autobiographies you can get to know them, learn from them and learn their values, potentially transform yourself into a better you through their ‘mentorship’.  Add them to your list of hero’s to draw on in your personal mastermind.

1. Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda

Reading Paramahansa Yogananda’s autobiography feels like receiving a crash course in eastern mysticism, exemplified by the exceptional life experiences of an acclaimed yogi and spiritual teacher. While some of Yogananda’s talks of miraculous and extraordinary happenings may come across as bizarre, even unfathomable to some, his views provide good food for thought when approached and taken into consideration with an open mind. Plus, there is also a consistency and confidence to his tone that makes reading the autobiography somewhat provocative to the intellect, if not life-altering.

2. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

How can a kid who grew up in poverty and was once a hustler became one of the most respected human rights activists in the history of America? This book is an enlightening read, presenting Malcolm’s aggressively uncompromising – though at times, troubling – views on religion, society, race and African-American rights. From reading his unapologetic and candid thoughts, one can’t help but become more aware of the innate racism in our world and how it affects our daily lives.

3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

There is something fascinating about getting a glimpse of what goes inside the minds of brilliant individuals who had led extraordinary lives; to find out what drove them to excellence. When someone as multi-faceted as Ben Franklin writes his life story, you know it will make for an interesting read. His autobiography, called a memoir by Franklin, is unfinished, initially written with his son in mind, to be a sort of guide. Even so, it paints a picture of a remarkable man who grew up in poverty, and invented himself through an unending thirst for knowledge and persistent effort to improve himself.

4. Toward- Freedom: An Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru

Written almost entirely during his imprisonment, the autobiography of India’s first Prime Minister offers a gripping personal insight on his outlook in various aspects of life. Jawaharlal Nehru was a freedom fighter and a prolific political figure, jailed for anti-government activities. In his autobiography, his views on marriage, religion, politics, colonialism and even nature are eloquently and sincerely documented. It is a reflection of his tenacity, wisdom and passion. Such a book by a remarkable individual is not to be missed!

5. Autobiography of Mark Twain

Writers have always sparked our imagination with their work. One has to wonder what really goes on in their active imaginations. The only way we can ever find out is if they even bother leaving behind a piece of writing about themselves, such as what Mark Twain did. The great American writer’s three-volume autobiography is filled with observations and accounts of his own life, peppered with the familiar wit and humor. Literature buffs who enjoyed Twain’s novels will find it a delight to get an overview of the writer’s world, from his own perspective. There is a curious fact to this lengthy autobiography; Twain specifically instructed that it was to be published 100 years after his death, for fear of offending some of the people whom he vented about in the book.

For women autobiographies, see our Best Ever list here

4 Books to read to Upgrade Your Career and Your Life

4 Books to read to Upgrade Your Career and Your Life

If you are looking to move up to the next level in your career, or more of a challenge in your job, its time for you to upgrade it all and the books below will help you do just that.

4 Books to read to Upgrade Your Career and Your Life

1. 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World: The Management Gurus and Mavericks Who Changed the Way We Think about Business – Rhymer Rigby

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If you just want to read 28 short, wonderfully written, succinct biographies of the most important business thinkers in the world today, such as Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Sam Walton, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, then this is the book for you.

2. 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans  Karl Pillemer Ph.D.

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Steeped in the wisdom of America’s elders, 30 Lessons for Living has an undeniable power to influence the way we think and the choices we make. Karl Pillemer, the author and a professor of gerontology at Cornell, spent five years interviewing a diverse cross-section of over 1,000 senior members of our society to elicit their life advice.

3. 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job – Laura M. Labovich – Miriam Salpeter

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This is one of those rare books where everything you could possibly need to know is crammed into just the right length so you can read it quickly but get the maximum amount of information. The authors have a life-time of content here in a format that’s clear, concise and visually appealing, covering both traditional and modern methods for getting yourself in front of the right employees.

4. Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change – Shawn Achor

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What Shawn Achor has done here is present a simple, practical, actionable plan for becoming happy. Why should you care? Happy people are more creative. More popular. More productive. Not only is it worthwhile for you to learn to be happy, but if you are a leader, you’ll want to be surrounded by happy people.

Five Business Biographies Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Five Business Biographies Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Starting a business from scratch can be daunting and filled with challenges. We have compiled a list of the top five business biographies that will help you on your entrepreneur journey, and give you advice from the most successful entrepreneurs of our time.

1. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist – Roger Lowenstein

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This book is a fantastic biography of Warren Buffett. I think anyone who wants to learn about Warren Buffett or his investment techniques etc should first read this book before anything else.

2. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

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This is a gripping journey into the life of an amazing individual. Despite its girth of nearly 600 pages, the book zips along at a torrid pace.

The interviews with Jobs are fascinating and revealing. We get a real sense for what it must have been like to be Steve, or to work with him.

3. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way – Richard Branson

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Losing my virginity is an entertaining page-turner all the way from the beginning to the end. It is fascinating to read about what a mildly dyslexic man with no college education could create for himself.

4. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire  James Wallace

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Bill Gates is by far the most successful man of our time and probably of all time. This book explains gates earlier life in depth. Who was Bill Gates before the billions? This is all explained in this book. Gates’ incredibly driven personality was always present even in his earlier years. Gates is today undoubtedly the most feared man in the industry and thought of by many as the most powerful man in the world.

5. Against the Odds: An Autobiography – James Dyson

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The story told here, an autobiography, is one of the most inspiring that I’ve read in a long time. Dyson is an inventor and industrial designer who has taken his bagless vacuum cleaner from the garage to a huge enterprise.

Autobiography: 5 Best Memoirs and Autobiographies by Women Ever Written

Autobiography: 5 Best Memoirs and Autobiographies by Women Ever Written

Below we have compiled the top 10 Memoirs and autobiographies written by female writers.

1. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic. The diary of Anne begins when she is 13 years of age and the Jews are already wearing yellow stars in Amsterdam. When at last the time comes for the Franks to go into hiding they do so with another family, the Van Daans. In a small floor hidden above Otto Franks old workplace the two families are aided by faithful friends and employees. Over the course of the diary we watch and listen through Anne’s eyes as, for two years, the people in the attic are put through terrible deprivations and trials.

2. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

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This autobiography charts Jeannette’s eventual triumph over her childhood which was filled with poverty and, what some would call, parental neglect or even abuse. It’s probably the best account ever written of a dysfunctional family.

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

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In her autobiography, Maya Angelou captures the heart of her struggles growing up female and Black during the Depression. Neglected by their divorced parents, Maya and her brother get sent to Arkansas at ages 4 and 5 to live with their grandma and handicapped uncle. For anyone interested in African-American literature, women’s studies, or literary autobiography, this is an essential book.

4. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilberts autobiography tells us how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life; happiness.

5. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

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Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.