Fear of Missing Out

So what is FOMO? The Fear of Missing Out, of course. It’s not a new fear. It used to be called “Keeping Up with the Jones”. Now with social media everywhere, the Jones are not just your neighbors but literally anyone on the planet. It was renamed by the authorContinue Reading

Scandinavian Noir

Scandinavian Noir is a love letter by the author to her beloved Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian mysteries. It is also a memoir describing how she loved the written version of Scandinavia so much, she moved to Stockholm. I have read at least one book in each of the author’s threeContinue Reading

Technology Procurement Handbook

As society has moved closer to a service economy, so too has procurement moved from compliance to a value-added service. While not strictly a profit center, every dollar a buyer saves goes directly into the company’s pocket. To keep up with today’s fast-moving economy, procurement must go from a searchContinue Reading

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds bills itself as a reference book. However, it is much more interesting than that. It contains 100 maps containing intriguing geographic and demographic facts shown on, of course, a map. For example, there is a map of the world with countries colored based on theirContinue Reading

Sigh, Gone

Coming to American after the fall of Saigon, two-year-old Phuc Tran didn’t know the difficult path still ahead of him. For being the only Vietnamese, heck the only Asian, family in small town America, he was bound to stand out. Sigh, Gone is his tale of how he found hisContinue Reading

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner

Who knew that there were so many tasty dishes featuring the humble chicken? It truly means Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner can be a 10-minute Tostada or an exotic Chicken Laarb. The flavor profiles come from all over the world. Sheet Pan Shawarma to Harissa Chicken to Filopino-style Chicken Adobo areContinue Reading

The Address Book

The Address Book addresses why addresses are important. So why are addresses important? “Addresses are one of the cheapest ways to lift people out of poverty, facilitating access to credit, voting rights, and worldwide markets.” And, “most households in the world don’t have street addresses.” Before Americans feel too superior,Continue Reading

Mind Over Weight

Mind over Weight looks at how important motivation is to achieving weight loss. However, most of the ideas will be familiar to Psychology 101 alumni or anyone who has read a few other diet books. For example, SMART goals, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivators, and meditation as a stress-reliever are fairlyContinue Reading

Young Guns

Esports are coming. If you’re a Millennial, especially a male Millennial, they are already here. The Young Guns of the title are not just the gaming players but also the Silicon Valley titans starting and financing an entirely different type of esport league in 2016. Traditional sports like the NFLContinue Reading

Buy the Avocado Toast

Instead of telling graduates to scrimp and save to pay off their student debt, Buy the Avocado Toast takes a unique approach. Don’t cut your expenses, raise your income. Luckily, it backs up its theory with concrete ways to do just that. From saving on taxes by working overseas toContinue Reading

This is Chance

On Good Friday 1964, the earth beneath Anchorage began to rock and roll with the biggest earthquake yet in North America at 9.2. A wife, mother, and news reporter was about to have her seminal moment. Her sign-on to local radio channel, KENI, was, “This is Chance.” Her name wasContinue Reading

Why Writing Matters

Writing, of course, matters. However, Why Writing Matters, doesn’t. At least not to those looking for a writing guidebook. This book is half memoir and half a literary history lesson. It has a few interesting ideas. But many of the ideas are obvious. Reading your favorite books later in lifeContinue Reading