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Business Book Awards: 800-CEO-READ Announces Shortlist

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800-CEO-READ is a website dedicated to exploring and providing the very best business books for readers. They also hold an annual Business Book Awards where they acknowledge the top business books of the year. On the December 6, they announced this year’s shortlist, which includes the winning titles in eight different categories. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony and celebration on January 12 in New York City. According to Editorial Director, Dylan Schleicher, the awards are looking to represent a more inclusive and human-driven approach to the business world. “You will see a broadening in the definition of what constitutes, ‘business,’” he writes on their website. This includes, “who business is meant to serve, and who should be allowed – even…

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Too Many Secrets and Lies! Books that Transport You to Creepy Small-Town America

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On March 1, 2015 ABC introduced us to Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) and his quaint neighborhood. What started off as any other morning in small-town America certainly turned into a rabbit hole of dark twists and turns when the body of a 5-year-old boy, Tom Murphy, appears in the rainy woods. If you are looking for your next show to bingewatch, Secrets & Lies should be in your queue. Each episode takes you inside cookie-cutter homes with more drama than a Real Housewives reunion. I personally watched this show from start to finish in a matter of two days, which concerned my boyfriend considering all of my focus was finding who the cold-blooded killer was. Finally, when I reached the last episode and everything came…

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Did You Love Agent Carter? Try These 4 Books to Get Over the Cancellation

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There’s nothing worse than when your favorite TV show gets canceled. You spend years invested in the characters and love stories, waiting for that happy ending you know is coming. But when the network decides to cancel the show prematurely, you’re left to wonder and speculate as you pray for that rare 10-years-from-now-wrap-up-movie (here’s looking at you, Veronica Mars). It’s especially heartbreaking when it seems like another network might save it from cancelation, only to have your hopes dashed at the last minute. I recently had this experience with Agent Carter, which ABC canceled after just two seasons (sob, sob, sob). For a while it looked like Netflix might pick up the female-driven show, but as of August 2, they’ve…

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Book Cravings: Read the Next ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Girl on the Train’!

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I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to say this: The Trap by debut thriller author, Melanie Raabe, is the next book to follow the likes of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. This anxious novel brings you into the dark world of Linda Conrads, a bestselling author who has locked herself inside her house (and mind) for the past 11 years. Accident or fate, Conrads catches a glimpse of the grey eyes of the man, who has both killed her sister and left her riddled with anxiety, while watching TV. This sets her down a path leading to a whirlwind of detective work, all while writing her next novel, not a romance this time but a…

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Weddiquette: These 4 Books Will Get You Through the Never-Ending Wedding Season!

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The summer wedding season is upon us, which means your mailbox is overloaded with shower, bachelorette and wedding invitations. Lucky you, you’ve received yet another golden, silk envelope with a monogram to celebrate the next chapter of your best friend’s life. Sure, you’re filled with excitement and just like every other time, you immediately start planning your outfit, the bachelorette party, and of course, finding the perfect date. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s so much involved in the planning that you don’t get to just sit back and enjoy the wedding prep. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. Just try to remember that friend of yours last summer who went to eight weddings in one season; if she could do it then you can…

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LGBTQ Reads: Jazz Jennings and Kody Keplinger Among Authors Embracing Pride Month

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, and in light of the upcoming election and the tragedy that occurred in Orlando, reading books about LGTBQ characters is more important than ever. Ten years ago it was almost impossible to find queer main characters in popular literature, with readers often needing to seek out indie titles or search through self-published e-books to find non-heteronormative stories. But lately there has been a boom in LGBTQ publishing, particularly in genres like Young Adult literature. And while we definitely still have a long way to go, it’s clear that readers are clamoring for more and more books that celebrate the LGBTQ community. So as we close out Pride Month, we thought it only fitting…

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Rich and Pretty: A Socialite’s Summer Reading List

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Once summer rolls around all I daydream about is strolling down the bustling Manhattan streets in my favorite summer dress, with the perfect pair of wedges and a bright clutch to finish off the perfect ensemble. Once I have the look, then I obviously need somewhere to show it off! In my daydream I’m making stops at trendy rooftop bars, picking between the tropical 230 Fifth next to the Empire State Building or Hotel Chantelle down on the Lower East Side. Hey, I may have read too many Gossip Girl books in my life, but a girl can dream! Truthfully though, the array of rooftop bars is unlimited in the Big Apple and trying to find the time to hit them all can be a bit overwhelming. So for every daydreamer out there…

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The 4 Unexpected Books that We’re Reading Again and Again

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I look for two things when I’m picking out a book: a great love story, and a pretty-much-guaranteed happy ending (known to most as HAE). I like true love, hot make out scenes and more sweet moments than soul-wrenching angst. I’ve even been known to read the last page of a book first, just so I know where the story is headed. If it ends in tears and death, I’m probably not reading it. There are exceptions, of course, and books I love that make me sob buckets of tears (The Fault in Our Stars, anyone?) or that challenge me more than the average mass market romance. But for the most part, I see reading as an escapist hobby, one…

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Video: What Does Glee Have to do with Carrie Brownstein?

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I love a good musical number and a good television show, though it’s rare that the two ever go together well. Aside from a brief stint in the early 2000s where it seemed like every TV show was doing a musical episode, most musical shows have bombed pretty horribly. Does anyone even remember Hugh Jackman’s Viva Laughlin? The few shows that have succeeded in bringing in large musical numbers are awesome: endlessly entertaining, surprisingly heartfelt, and always super fun to watch. Here are three of my favorites—plus one book!—to warm you up on these cold winter nights: Glee The quintessential musical show, Glee has set the standard for all TV musical shows. On top of the stellar musical performances (hiring…

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TED Talks: How Past Failures Inspire Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity

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What’s the secret to continued success? For author Elizabeth Gilbert, the answer came from remembering times of failure, which she discusses in this talk from TED2014. After her big break, the internationally bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, she had no idea how to maintain the high level of creativity that brought her renown. As time went by, she started identifying more with the feelings she had before her success—when her life was punctuated by rejection letters in her quest to become published. As she describes in this inspiring and heartfelt talk, she discovered that, whether nervous about continuing success or overcoming failure, the answer to continued creativity is to power through negativity and continue working hard. Recommended Reading: Big Magic: Creative…

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TED Talk: Do Soul Mates Hold the Key to Human Happiness?

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What makes people happy? We have been searching for answers to this age-old question for millennia. In his talk at TEDxBeaconStreet from November 2015, Dr. Robert Waldinger details the findings of a 75-year Harvard study tracking the lives of two disparate groups of men and their levels of happiness. The study, which evolved to include more than 2,000 people during its run, found that the most substantial factor determining someone’s happiness is relationships with other people. Having happy, healthy relationships leads to a happy, healthy life — and while this may seem too romantic to be true (Could your soul mate actually exist?), decades worth of data supports the notion that people are fundamentally social animals and having friends does…

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All in the Family: 3 Books that Explore the Ties that Bind

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There’s no getting around it—as we build toward the holidays we’re going to have to spend at least some time with family. To put it all in perspective we have three books about families in emotional crisis. There’s nothing like peeking at someone else’s family drama to appreciate your own family. This week’s recommendations are brought to us by Jill Miner, owner of Saturn Booksellers, a popular independent bookstore that has won the Michigan Retailer of the Year Award for small businesses and the local Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Pineapple Award for Best Customer Service. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin Books, November 3, 2015) “During Roosevelt’s WPA program, artists were put to work creating large-scale pieces for public spaces.…

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Carrie Brownstein Pauses During Book Tour to Perform a Wedding

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We’re very familiar with book tours here at BookTrib; many of our writers are published authors and we work with authors every day. But this was a first for us—Carrie Brownstein paused during a speaking event for her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (Riverhead Books; October 27, 2015) to marry sweethearts Kendall Oshiro and Genevieve Hernandez. Guest moderator Amy Poehler reportedly yelled out, “You gotta do it!” to applause and cheers when the couple made the request during the Q&A session. There may have been a teeny, tiny bit of planning involved on the fiancées’ part—they just happened to know that Brownstein was an ordained minister (something she did to marry a couple of friends), they had…

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Smart Reads: 3 Books for Banned Books Week

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We’re closing out Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3) by honoring three of the most challenged and banned books in 2014 as this week’s Smart Reads. Even though our right to read anything we like is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the American Constitution, there have always been members of the community who take exception to the content of certain books. Reasons for banning books have varied. Most frequently cited are offensive language, sexually explicit content, violence, controversial issues (a highly subjective term) and being unsuitable for its targeted age group. But as any book loving parent knows, much of this depends on the individual reader. And what budding adolescent hasn’t read a forbidden adult novel under the covers…

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Looking for Inspiration? Time to Conjure Up Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic

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After reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new mind-shifting book on creativity and inspiration, forcing my offspring to listen to yet another revelation, and adding so many page flags that the book now looks like a mass of sticky notes, I was stumped about what to say. Ironic, no? Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead Books/Penguin; September 22, 2015) is all about the spark of inspiration with which we all struggle. Clearly I wasn’t sparking. As you know, ideas don’t always come when we need them. What’s that you say? You don’t think of yourself as creative? Gilbert says this is nonsense. All humans have the potential for creativity; we just have to open ourselves up to letting ideas come visit us.…

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