Steve JobsJANUARY 2012

Steve Jobs

by Walter Issacson

Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.
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I Thought It Was Just MeFEBRUARY 2012

I Thought It Was Just Me:
Telling the Truth about Perfectionism,
Inadequacy and Power

by Brene Brown

The author, a University of Houston researcher and social worker, believes shame is an underlying factor in the spread of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and more. She studied hundreds of women and then constructed a method for overcoming shame. She defines shame as "the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging" and believes its spread has been created by conflicting and competing expectations about who women should be. 
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Delivering HappinessMARCH 2012

A Path to Profits, Passion & Purpose 

by Tony Heist

In his first book, Tony Heist shares the different business lessons he learned in life, from a lemonade stand and pizza business through LinkExchange, Zappos and more. Ultimately, he shows how using happiness as a framework can produce profits, passion and purpose both in business and in life. 
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How We DecideAPRIL 2012

How We Decide

by Jonah Lehrer

Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision aking process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we "blink" and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they're discovering that this is not how the mind works.
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ReworkMAY 2012


by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hanssom

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Reworkshows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition.
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Coping with TransitionJULY 2012

Coping with Transition
Men, Motherhood, Money and Magic 

Edited by Susan Briggs Wright

Houstonians  from business, law, consulting, art and journalism share their transitions through challenges in various stages of life. They have coped with parental neglect, failure to marry "on schedule," conflicts between career and family, turf wars in competitive careers, retirement anxiety,  and grievous losses. Magic is found in a teenage duckling's transformation to swan, a stray thought that leads to international adoption, a rekindled romance, the power of a well-chosen wardrobe, and the humor of a "menopausal magnolia." 
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The E-Myth Revisited:
Why Most Small Businesses Fail and What We Can Do About It 

by Michael E. Gerber

In this first new and totally revised edition of the underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.
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QuietOCTOBER 2012

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.
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The Thank You EconomyNOVEMBER 2012

The Thank You Economy

by Gary Vaynerchuk

This book is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not.
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Life is a VerbDECEMBER 2012

Life is a Verb:
37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally 

by Patti Digh

Within these pages enhanced by original artwork and wide, inviting margins ready to be written in—Digh identifies six core practices to jump-start a meaningful life: Say Yes, Trust Yourself, Slow Down, Be Generous, Speak Up, and Love More. Within this framework she supplies 37 edgy, funny, and literary life stories, each followed by a "do it now" 10-minute exercise as well as a practice to try for 37 days—and perhaps the rest of your life.
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