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An intriguing book about the way Mayans look at spirituality.  It does not talk about the 2012 prophecy so much, but it does look at how the Mayans viewed the world and their place in it.  This book offers an in depth look at the Mayans way of looking at the world.

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A very clever book that uses the principles of economics to look at why marriages succeed or fail.  It reminded me a bit of Freakonomics, but with an emphasis on marriage.  I was quite amused by some of the anecdotes and appreciated the rational approach to relationships.  A clever, fun read.

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Malcolm Galdwell is a very intriguing writer.  The Tipping Point was interesting and I enjoyed listening to it.  It talks about viral marketing and mavericks and even a little about Columbine.  What I enjoy most is the research angle of how he deduces some of his points.  While I do not always agree with what he says, I think he makes a convincing argument for many of his points.  One of the points that will definitely stick with me is the broken window syndrome.  If one window on  a block is broken, it will encourage others to be broken and soon the neighborhood will take a turn for the worse.  However, maybe it is because I listen to his books on audio, I feel like he tends to wander a bit.  It seems as though he jumps from topic to topic, which is fine, but I don’t ever feel like he ties them all back together.  Which is not to say that it is not interesting, but it does not send as strong a message as I think it could.

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I ordered this book because it looked interesting, but I was sadly disappointed.  There was no data to back up any of their proposals and I felt like they were merely spouting what they feel you need to do in order to change the culture in an organization.  There were no valuable insights nor did I feel they made a very convincing argument on culture change.  Too bad.

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  Hysterically funny.  I listened to this on audio and Lisa Scottoline actually reads it.  And I discovered that you say her name like this “scott-o-lean-ee”  Even if the book had been crappy, which it wasn’t, it would have been worth it for me to know how to say her name!  So, she tells little vignettes about her life which are so very adorable.  She writes a column in a paper with her daughter and these are some of the columns in audio format.  I really enjoyed her insights and stories about her life once her daughter moves out.  We also hear from Francesca, Lisa’s daughter, with stories about living in the city and being away from mom.  A great mother’s day gift for your mom either on audio or in book format.

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Such a wonderful book for pet lovers!  Homer is a blind cat who is taken in when he is just a kitten by Gwen.  Homer is a wonderful pet, and Gwen chronicles his life and hers with humor and insight.  Despite his blindness, he is able to do amazing things and as a result of his spirit, changes the lives of those around him.  Both touching and humorous, Homer’s Odyssey is no Marley and Me.  Instead, it is a frank look at life with a disabled cat.

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I listened to Blink, which was read by Malcolm Gladwell.  The audiobook was very well done and though some author’s cannot read their works, Gladwell is not in that category.  His voice is well suited to his words.  Blink is an interesting book that explores how we think and make judgments.  It is filled with captivating stories that explore how people make decisions.  In the beginning, he discusses how sometimes you get a gut feeling, but you can’t explain why you feel that way so you discount it.  But, we should listen to those things.  However, there is also a certain bias that goes into our thinking.  He mentions a test you can take at Harvard that will show you just how biased your thinking can be (www.implicit.hardvard.edu)  I was very relieved that I do not seem to even be subconsciously biased.  A fascinating book.

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