Books You Should Be Reading

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Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson
A runaway best seller in Sweden that has sold more than a million copies worldwide, Surrounded by Idiots shares a groundbreaking new method of understanding the people around you that will change how you interact with everyone from your coworkers to your spouse.

Author Thomas Erikson explains that there are four key behavior types that define how we interact with and perceive the people around us. Understanding someone’s pattern of behavior is the key to successful communication. Erikson breaks down the four kinds of behavior types - Reds who are dominant and commanding, Yellows who are social and optimistic, Greens who are laid back and friendly, and Blues who are analytical and precise - and explains how to identify and interact with each type of person. Instead of being bogged down with overly technical categorizations, the simple four color system allows you to speedily identify a friend or coworker and adjust how you speak and share with them.

Surrounded by Idiots is full of practical information for interacting with people based on their color, including the strengths and weaknesses of all the profiles, how to give positive and negative feedback to each, and the best way to word an email when writing to someone with a different profile.

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The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember 20 years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?

This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience as well as the last moment and forget the rest. Why "we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they're not". And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.

Listeners discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and, 45 minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world's youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?)

Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck - but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

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A Women’s Right to Pleasure by Dr. Marashi, OBGYN
A Woman's Right To Pleasure by BlackBook x LELO is a distinctive collection of over 200 works and original texts from over 60 of the world's most important and well-recognized female-identifying artists, writers and creative thinkers from around the globe.

"If we could truly depict women's desire, we might come to understand how it secretly rules the world." ― Erica Jong

A Woman's Right To Pleasure Iconic and never-before-published works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer, Marlene Dumas and Alice Neel run alongside original essays by New York Times best selling authors Erica Jong and Roxane Gay, and contributions from photographers like Cindy Sherman, Carrie Mae Weems, Marilyn Minter and Nan Goldin, as well as by emerging talent such as Mickalene Thomas, Martine Gutierrez and Harley Weir in this groundbreaking art book that sees the most critical female voices of the last century explore the idea of pleasure ― and empowerment ― in all its forms.

Forewords by: Erica Jong and Roxane Gay Artwork by: Nina Chanel Abney, Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, Judith Bernstein, Renate Bertlmann, Cass Bird, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Arvida Bystrom, Amanda Charchian, Judy Chicago, Maisie Cousins, Renee Cox, Vaginal Davis, Tamara De Lempicka, Annique Dephine, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Leonor Fini, Monica Kim Garza, Nan Goldin, Martine Gutierrez, Andrea Hasler, Jenny Holzer, Elizabeth Ilsley, Natalie Krim, Friedl Kubelka, Dani Lessnau, Natalia LL, Sarah Lucas, Sally Mann, Lena Marquise, Andrea Mary Marshall, Marilyn Minter, Sophia Narrett, Alice Neel, Reka Nyari, Georgia O'Keeffe, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Meret Oppenheim, Signe Pierce, Alexandra Rubinstein, Faith Ringgold, Jenny Saville, Carolee Schneemann, Tschabalala Self, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Sonia Sieff, Penny Slinger, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Mickalene Thomas, Betty Tompkins, Ellen Von Unwerth, Sophia Wallace, Carrie Mae Weems, Harley Weir and Luo Yang, with an exclusive coloring book by RIP Bambi. Essays by: Kathy Acker, Judy Chicago, Vaginal Davis, Alice Little, Erika Lust, Naana Otoo Oyortey, Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova, Natasha Stagg, and Stoya. Quotes by: Simone de Beauvoir, Eve Ensler, Betty Friedan, Audre Lorde, and Anais Nin.