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Two Book Reviews: Life Among Giants & Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard

Monday, January 21, 2013

Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach: Literary Fiction/Crime. A book that feels like it tries to combine four separate plots: the professional football player with a dysfunctional family, the world-famous ballerina with a tortured marriage to a rock star, the aspiring chef with a cross-dressing partner, and the failed investor who ends up murdered in the fallout of a financial scandal. All four are intriguing literary concepts. The result is a crowded - although at times interesting- novel. Using a non-linear approach, Life Among Giants tells almost the entire life story of its protagonist, but the author chooses to jump decades into the future or past at seemingly random moments. Although the murder mystery at the core of the book helps to maintain the narrative flow, the payoff in the final chapters was underwhelming. This book was just OK for me. * *


Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath: Non-fiction. Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. This tension can doom a change effort—but if it is overcome, change can come quickly. Lots of really useful ideas about change both professionally and personally. EXCELLENT BOOK . Well Worth reading and super interesting! * * * * *


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    I'm getting Switch from you rec :) I need to make changes (career) and it IS hard--not just emotionally but that's a huge part of it.
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    Hmm. I will have to check out Switch. Thanks for the reviews!
    2800 days ago
    Thanks for two thoughtful reviews. Appreciate it!
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