Book Review – How to Be Everything

How to Be Everything book coverHow to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

Based on her TED talk, Emilie Wapnick argues that the conventional wisdom that a person must specialize in a career area is wrong. Multipotentialites are those who have many interests and creative pursuits. Instead of letting that be a weakness, Wapnick says being a generalist in many different areas can be a great strength and suggests ways to channel all those different passions and interests into a successful and happy life. I had never heard the term multipotentialite before but upon reading this book, I recognized the concept early on. This book contains advice and exercises aimed at guiding multipotentialites in finding all their different passions and then nurturing them in work or life. The exercises were less interesting to me than learning about multipotentiality and the different ways one can be successful without having a straightforward answer to the oft-asked “What do you do?”  

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Guest Review – Life and Death are Wearing Me Out

Life and Death are Wearing Me OutLife and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan, translated by Howard Goldblatt
Reviewed by Jennifer Chin

Clever, funny, but most of all, an enlightening portrayal of Chinese village life surrounding the years of the cultural revolution, told by a man who is continually reincarnated as various animals from the Chinese zodiac. Wish I could have read it in Chinese for the full impact of all the plays on language.

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Book Review – The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio

When a member of Amy-Faye Johnson’s book club, the Readaholics, dies under mysterious circumstances, she and her fellow Readaholics are on the case. While there is nothing genre-breaking or novel in this book, The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco has interesting characters and good mystery elements. The first installment of Laura DiSilverio’s Readaholics series is a good read especially for fans of cozy mysteries.