General Business

Overcoming the Challenge of the Sale

This sales savvy book was recommended to me by a highly knowledgeable business consultant. While I am not on the ground selling B2B, my customers are the sales executives that are in this role and their leadership. This book serves as a way to systematically attack the inevitable challenges that arise in modern selling.

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Fiction

Acceptance of fear

“Acceptance” is the third book in the brilliant series of “The Southern Reach Trilogy”. The series takes the reader through the strange, daunting and unforgiving landscape of Area X. This is an area seemingly carved out of the world today, yet unfamiliar. Creepy animals and non-natural behavior patterns abound. The lives of those living in its shadow and under its mysterious gaze are chronicled in this story of terror.

Fiction

Awakening to the Stars

In this Sci-Fi adventure humanity has not yet reached the stars, but they have breached the confines of our blue planet to be able to live life on others. People have moved beyond the barriers of racism and sexism that are present today, but rather have replaced it with a new prejudice by gravitational body shape. People are no longer patriotic to their country, but rather what rock they reside on. This is the world in which humanity has awakened closer to the stars, in “Leviathan Wakes”.

Comics

Is this really an Elegy?

By definition an Elegy is a sad poem that is written in praise of the departed. The losses described in this comic were sad. Out of the losses came strength and a new a beginning. This was a positive consequence. Hence I question, is this really an “elegy”?

Data Science

The Signal and the Glittery Mayhem that distracts us

In my memory Nate Silver has been in the news quite often since the 2008 election. I first learned about him due to his FiveThirtyEight.com Blog and accurate forecasts of the election. As an Analyst who frequently works with forecasting and ironing out prediction model, this book was right up my alley. Being as he is a highly respected Statistician, I wanted to get his take on analysis and perhaps how I could utilize his insight in my own work.

Pop-Psych

Option B, when it is your only choice

I picked up a copy of “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in hopes to get a continuation of sound advice as I had received in Sanderg’s prior book, “Lean In”. Having this book as the upcoming read for my company book club gave an extra nudge of motivation. Early on it was made clear that this was a book not just for those who have encountered loss in the form of spouse, but rather grief of any sort. Grief, is something almost all people share and often do now know how to handle.

Fiction

A long voyage of the Human (sapien) condition

“The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” is a masterpiece of a Space Opera. Set in the future, perhaps not too distant, a young human woman is setting forth into the world in her first job after college. While this is relatable, the adventures she leads are not conceivable in the current era. She ventures off into deep space to live amongst an inter-species crew that makes tunnels in space to connect the galaxy. The friendships, obstacles and humorous miscommunications the crew encounters, creates a captivating read.