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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People [Book Review]

Seven-Habits-of-Highly-Effective-People-ReviewIt annoys me that the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is on my favorite book list.

The title itself is manipulative. We as a society are known to respond when given a numbered list.

It’s typical of self-help books to provide you with one directive and then provide 30 supporting pages of evidence, as if you’re a dummy and cannot understand the directive.

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Richard CummingsSeven Habits of Highly Effective People [Book Review]
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Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins: The Review [Best Book in Your Life?]

jitterbug-perfume-reviewJitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins may be one of my favorite books of all time.

Tom Robbins combines profound and playful in perfect proportion.  Also, he teaches you how to live forever.  Two of the remedies are:  lots of sex and lots of baths.  Two things I love!

Every Tom Robbins book is similar in this respect: expect the unexpected…like utensils having a conversation or a love story that takes place inside a pack of camel cigarettes.  I usually would not be a fan of such absurd notions, but with Tom Robbins, it all just works.

Have you ever seen an author speak?

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Richard CummingsJitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins: The Review [Best Book in Your Life?]
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Book Review: One of the Best of All Time?

The-Unbearable-Lightness-of-Being-reviewThe Unbearable Lightness of Being is an outstanding book and a horrific movie, unless you like depressing European movies with little dialogue that slowly plod along.  (If so, make sure you also see 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days). 

But really, one of the challenges of life is to live lightly, but not too lightly.   Montainge mentions that in his essays:

“The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.”

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Richard CummingsThe Unbearable Lightness of Being Book Review: One of the Best of All Time?
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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burrroughs: A Review

Magical-Thinking-book-reviewThe book Magical Thinking by Augusten Burrroughs may not be his first book, or his most popular, but it’s definitely the best!

The first Augusten Burroughs book that I read was Running With Scissors.  This was more of a novel and I enjoyed it.  However, after this book, all of his other books have been filled with short stories about his life.  I have enjoyed all of them but my favorite is Magical Thinking.

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Richard CummingsMagical Thinking by Augusten Burrroughs: A Review
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The Century: Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster [A Review]

The-Century-Peter-Jennings-and-Todd-Brewster-ReviewIf you want to read one of the best books about the 20th century, pick up a copy of The Century by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster.

When the change of the century occurred, many books came out chronicling the 20th century.

One of the most popular was Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation.  My parents have this book on their shelves and I’m sure they enjoy reading the stories of selflessness and patriotism that embodied America back then.  I too have read many of these stories and enjoyed them immensely.

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Richard CummingsThe Century: Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster [A Review]
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: A Review

The-Fountainhead-Ayn-Rand-ReviewYou will not often find me endorsing books of an overly serious nature but The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and Atlas Shrugged, for some reason, defy my usually aversion to topics of seriousness and self-absorption.

The Fountainhead is written by Ayn Rand and many of you, yes you, were suppose to read it in one of your college courses.  But you didn’t!  So, now it’s time to go buy it on Amazon and see what all the fuss is about.

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Richard CummingsThe Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: A Review
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The Best Poems of the English Language: A Review

The-Best-Poems-of-the-English-Language-ReviewIf you’re not familiar with the book The Best Poems of the English Language, you may be missing a chance to drastically improve your love life!

I always have a book of poetry by my bed.  Ok, yes, that me seem a completely prop, a ruse.

But, I swear, it’s not.

In college, my teacher challenged me to memorize 10 poems of substantial length.  If I did, I would get no lower than a B.  Perfect, I thought, I will do this and nothing else.  I’m comfortable with a B.  I’m an English major after all, who cares what my grade point will be when I graduate?

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Richard CummingsThe Best Poems of the English Language: A Review
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review: Good End of Summer Reading

the-girl-with-the-dragon-tatoo-reviewI received the book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson a few weeks ago and am about halfway through it. If you wonder, “why would I enjoy a book by a Swedish author that has a silly title?”, you’re not alone. I wondered the same thing.

There is one incontrovertible fact about Swedish people–they are all good looking (and some are now single and rich!). But do I really want to widdle away hours with a Swedish novel that contains no pictures of actual Swedish people?

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Richard CummingsThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review: Good End of Summer Reading
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Michel de Montaigne: A Review of The Essays

Michel-de-Montaigne-essays-reviewIf you’ve never been exposed to the timeless ideas of Michel de Montaigne, his essays will leave with a better understanding of the world and yourself.

In a university philosophy class , I was exposed to the essays of Michel de Montainge.  He wrote these essays some 400 years ago.  Their timeless nature amazes me.  For many situations in today’s world, there is a quote from these works that is applicable:

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Richard CummingsMichel de Montaigne: A Review of The Essays