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She Makes Hats
She Makes Hats
Price: $4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robyn Devine inspires me, April 29, 2014
This review is from: She Makes Hats (Kindle Edition)
I'm no knitter, but I love this project. Building a life around hand-crafting—while still making plenty of time for friends and family—has given Robyn joy and purpose. If you're searching for those things yourself, you'd do well to read this short book.


Portland's 100 Best Places To Stuff Your Faces
Portland's 100 Best Places To Stuff Your Faces
by Jen Stevenson
Edition: Perfect Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fellow Portlanders (and visitors), this book is a winner!, January 10, 2014
Every Friday night that I'm home in Portland—and often a few other nights during the week as well—I rack my brain over the eternal question: "Where's dinner?" With the publication of "100 Best Places," the process has now become a lot easier. Over the past ten years I've spent a lot of time and money on visiting every country in the world. Perhaps I need a new goal: to visit every PDX restaurant that Jen chronicles in this beautiful, accessible book.


The Sketchnote Handbook Video Edition: the illustrated guide to visual note taking (includes The Sketchnote Handbook book and access to The Sketchnote Handbook Video)
The Sketchnote Handbook Video Edition: the illustrated guide to visual note taking (includes The Sketchnote Handbook book and access to The Sketchnote Handbook Video)
by Mike Rohde
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.51
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who takes any kind of notes... ever, December 9, 2012
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Mike Rohde does fantastic work. After talking with many talented artists, I hired Mike to create the interior artwork for The $100 Startup. He did an excellent job and I continue to hear positive comments (almost daily!) on how the illustrations mesh so well with the text.

But this review isn't about my book; it's about Mike's. In The Sketchnote Handbook, Mike takes us behind-the-scenes, documenting the process and workflow he uses in his unique method. Learning about how Mike does it is interesting enough to me, a non-artist, to justify the purchase of the book. However, Mike goes further and makes the case that *everyone*--even you and me--can use visual note-taking to improve the way we capture and retain information.

It's a no-brainer: This book deserves a wide audience! I've purchased multiple copies already and will continue to buy more as I hand them out as gifts.


You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too
You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too
Price: $9.47

53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, personal, and specific guide to (real) simplicity, August 28, 2012
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Tammy Strobel lives by what she writes. I've been to her tiny house and seen the big life she has crafted.

Why would you choose to "voluntarily downsize" your life? Can you really buy happiness? These are the questions examined throughout Tammy's debut book, and she answers them well. The book is one-part philosophy and two-parts ACTION. You'll learn about Tammy and her husband Logan's journey, you'll observe how other people have made similar lifestyle choices, and you'll see how you can take steps of your own to simplify while still living well.

Not to worry: it's all voluntary, and it's all worth your attention. Tammy is the real deal, and so is this book. Recommended for anyone thinking seriously about life.


Google+ for Business: How Google's Social Network Changes Everything
Google+ for Business: How Google's Social Network Changes Everything
Price: $19.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than just circles: this book tells you how to reach people, December 25, 2011
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I downloaded Google+ for Business on Christmas Day and read it on a long flight from Miami to Los Angeles. My initial motivation for picking it up wasn't so much to learn about Google+... I just enjoy reading Chris's blog and would happily pay for much of his free content. When I saw he had a new book out, I didn't have to think much about making a small purchase to support him.

Nevertheless, my motivations weren't entirely altruistic: I've been using Google+ every day, and figured if I could learn even one thing from the book, it would be well worth the minor investment of time and money.

Chris widely acknowledges the challenge of writing a traditionally published book about a rapidly changing software platform. With that in mind, he spends at least as much time explaining the "why" behind sharing content and cultivating a community. I especially liked a section on curation ("You are a magazine publisher") and the general theme of curiosity and gratitude that runs through the book. Want to be a rockstar on Google+? Be friendly and be helpful. Chris tells you how to do it.

I don't think you should buy this book to learn how to put people in circles, although Chris certainly covers the basics for those who are truly new to Google+. Instead, you should buy this book to learn more about how people can connect and collaborate using new media. If you like Chris Brogan, if you enjoyed Trust Agents, or if you want to learn about a fun new platform, get the book. It's a short read that can make a big difference in your work.
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End Malaria
End Malaria
by Michael Bungay Stanier
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.00
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars +1 for this great book, -1 for malaria, September 7, 2011
This review is from: End Malaria (Paperback)
Mosquitoes have always had a thing for my wife Jolie. When she contracted malaria, we lived on a hospital ship in West Africa. During two bed-ridden weeks, she was well-cared for--eventually making a complete recovery and remembering to wear bug spray more often. Unfortunately, many others aren't as lucky. Let's end malaria for everyone. This book can help.


Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way (Kindle Single)
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way (Kindle Single)

275 of 304 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hell hath no fury like Jon Krakauer scorned", April 24, 2011
The quote in the title comes from a journalist writing in the Seattle Times. It's important to note that Krakauer was a supporter of Mortenson's, and this report only came to be after numerous other private communication (all documented here) was ignored. Krakauer builds a damaging, fact-based case while still acknowledging the good work that Mortenson has done.

I wish it weren't so, but wishing something doesn't make it true. This report is well-documented, well-written, and sadly accurate.
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Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke
Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke
by Scott Gerber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.29
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book does not mess around, December 1, 2010
As a couple of other reviewers have noted, this is not a sugarcoated book. If you're happy in your day job, don't even bother. But if you're desperate to escape, this kickass book can save you from a kissass job. For best results, read it from your cubicle... and then start planning your farewell trip to the boss's office.


How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)
How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)
by Cal Newport
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.21
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Is a Revolutionary Plan, July 28, 2010
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I'm not sure how Cal Newport does it. While everyone else in this industry repeats the same advice over and over ("Study harder! Do more!"), Cal takes the opposite approach... and produces a masterpiece. In his third book on higher education, he tackles the essential question every ambitious high-school student has: "How can I get accepted to a good school while still having an actual life?"

The core advice from "High School Superstar" is simple but critical: do less, not more. No one cares about passion unless you give them a reason to. Lose the "laundry list" and do something that actually matters. The message is attractive and refreshing on its own, but Cal shows exactly how it works -- and backs up the case with hard science and numerous interviews. If you're making plans for your college future, or if you know someone with the big decision ahead of them, don't hesitate to pick up this great resource.


Your Money: The Missing Manual
Your Money: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Roth
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.90
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's from J.D. Roth. Of course it's great!, March 29, 2010
Disclosure: I received a free review copy from J.D., but then I immediately went and bought three additional copies to give away. It's that good!

J.D. is at his best as a storyteller. Throughout the book he relates numerous aspects of his own story from debt to freedom, while also retelling other people's stories and perspectives. The references to other sites and books are a benefit, not a distraction -- and for anyone who is not familiar, this is the style used throughout the Missing Manual series. There's a good reason it's done that way.

What's more important than looking after your money? Not much. Yet, either no one tells you what to do about it, or else you hear so much conflicting info that you don't know where to start. To get the scoop that doesn't come from Chase or Bank of America, get this book. It's definitely worth the minuscule investment for an author who takes his work seriously.


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