Category Archives: Nonfiction

Is Essentialism Essential?

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown It’s official. I am hanging up my superhero cape. The essentialism lightbulb is that successful people do fewer things better. I’m not talking about success in terms of wealth or fame, … Continue reading

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A Briefer History of Time

A Briefer History of Time, Stephen Hawking This book starts, as all good physics books do, on a train. Many of the fundamental aspects of Einstein’s Theory of Relatively can be illustrated by imaging you are standing on a platform … Continue reading

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WMDs: HBDIIATD

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil You know that feeling when you know something, but then you realize you didn’t really “know” it? Like you know Donald Trump is an idiot, … Continue reading

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Canada 150 Women

Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries; Canada 150 Women, Pauline Cameron No matter what, when you curate a book of some kind of list, you will inevitably disappoint someone, and in this respect, this particular list book does not … … Continue reading

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Come From Away, the book

Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 by Kevin Tuerff Not enough people know the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland and their generosity of spirit in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when 38 international airplanes … Continue reading

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Fermium, fermions and the Fermi Paradox

The Pope of Physics; Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age, by Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin The title of this book pretty much sums it up. It is the story of the life of famed Italian physicist … Continue reading

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Ask More, Do Less. Live the Dream.

The Coaching Habit; Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier The Coaching Habit is a business book which is superior over its contemporaries in that it is marginally less repetitive. I have … Continue reading

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The Devil in the White City, or why we don’t have World’s Fairs anymore

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson This is the second time I have found my way to purchasing a book thinking I had stumbled onto a wonderful … Continue reading

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Life Sentence

Life Sentence: Stories from four decades of court reporting — or, how I fell out of love with the Canadian Justice system. (Especially Judges). by Christie Blatchford Christie Blatchford is fired up about the state of the Canadian Justice system, … Continue reading

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May the Force be With You, Carrie

The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher Once in a while a person comes along who you discover too late was awesome and you wish you’d known that during their life. You know, so you could stalk them at a convention or … Continue reading

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