Monthly Archives: September 2011

Teaching Students How to Live

Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live, has a message to share with her readers on why she chose to write Montaigne’s new biography:

Why did I write about Montaigne? Mostly because I wanted to keep on reading him.

Ever since my early 20s, when I picked up his Essays by chance, wanting a good book for a long train journey, he never really left me. My first response to his work on that train was one of astonishment. How could someone who wrote in the 1500s sound so familiar, so conversational, so like me? It was like having a friend or a traveling companion sitting opposite me as we whizzed through the landscape. For years after that, Montaigne was never far from my side. And I discovered that practically everything else I read had the power of leading me back to him in some way—for Montaigne is the first truly modern author, the great hidden presence behind 400 years of literature, and indeed behind much of philosophy, politics, and social theory over those centuries.

This is mainly for one simple reason: No one before Montaigne had written so honestly and minutely about the inner world of a human being.

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Academics are Buzzing About Susan Cain’s forthcoming book QUIET

We’ve been getting some great buzz about the forthcoming book, Quiet (Jan, 2012), from academics. A professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University had this to share regarding the application of Susan Cain’s book to the classroom:

“Thank you for sending me a copy of Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

We may be able to use the book here at Purdue University in our upper division undergraduate class on the psychology of personality. Perhaps we can have the students read it before they read the textbook.

Several aspects of Susan Cain’s book are remarkable. First, it is well informed by research. That being said, it uses the research literature but is not held captive by it. She offers a big picture analysis, Continue reading


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Reluctant Reviewer Won Over by Blake Mycoskie

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, author and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes, was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal review, “Doing Good by Shoeing Well.” The article highlights how Mycoskie cobbled together a for-profit enterprise that has donated footwear to a million poor people around the world, but it also reveals how the hesitant reviewer was ultimately won over by the book.

“So I was ready to be irritated by ‘Start Something That Matters,’ and the book does include a fair amount of gushy do-goodism. By the end, though, I was sold. Mr. Mycoskie tells a convincing and lively story.”

To read the full article in the WSJ, click here.

In Start Something That Matters, Mycoskie tells the story of TOMS, short for “Tomorrow’s Shoes,” one of the fastest-growing shoe companies in the world, and combines it with lessons learned from such other innovative organizations as method, charity: water, FEED Projects, and TerraCycle.

Mycoskie presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life. No matter what kind of change you’re considering, Start Something That Matters gives readers the stories, ideas, and practical tips that can help them get started.

We just received two brand new finished copies of Start Something That Matters hot off the press. Be the first to leave us a comment here letting us know what matters to you, or why this title might pertain to your classroom in particular, and you could receive a free copy!


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