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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, by Ben Mezrich

Recommended by Jeff in Technical Services… Jeff’s synopsis: Almost everyone is familiar with Facebook which started in 2004. Currently, it has over 600 million users all over the world. This is the story of how two Harvard undergrads, Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, started one of the biggest social network sites on the internet. He says: This is a good story of two friends creating something for fun and the course it takes when they decide to make it a “business”. The movie,  The Social Network is based on this book and is also worth...

Fortytude by Sarah Brokaw

Recommended by Tuki in Adult Services… Tuki’s synopsis: The book is written by daughter of the legendary news anchor, Tom Brokaw’s daughter, Sarah Brokaw. It is principally written for women in their 40s. However, the author does give thoughtful direction based on her experience as a licensed therapist on what she feels one needs to keep in mind in facing the challenges in the years to come. The 5 core values are: Grace, Connectedness, Accomplishment, Adventure, and Spirituality. She says: Sarah Brokaw had interesting points in the book that women of all ages can benefit from knowing and being aware. The added bonus of the book is that Sarah Brokaw writes in a very candid manner about the closeness and solidarity of the Brokaw family....

Manhunt: the Twelve-day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L Swanson

Recommended by Colleen in Outreach Services… Colleen’s synopsis: This is a non-fiction account of what drove John Wilkes Booth to murder Lincoln and how he lived on the lam for twelve days. The book also discusses other conspirators and what became of them. She says: I found this book very interesting and engaging. I learned a lot about the people who shared Booth’s feeling toward Lincoln.  The author makes an interesting point about Booth and how some of the conspirators becoming folk legends in a way no other assassins ever could....

The Naked Presenter by Garr Reynolds

Recommended by Tuki in Adult Services… Tuki’s synopsis: This is a primer for anyone who is learning to improve or deliver effective presentations. She says: I have read many books on public speaking but this has to be one of the best. The author lives in Japan and is an ardent believer in Zen culture. He has liberally used analogies from the Japanese in the book to get his point across in a simplistic and effective manner. I can’t wait to read some of his other books-Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen...

The One Minute Negotiator by Don Hutson and George Lucas

Recommended by Tuki in Adult Services… Tuki’s synopsis: A quick overview of the different styles of negotiation: Avoidance, Accommodation, Collaboration, and Competition. The authors recommend using a 3 step strategy, Engage, Assess, and Strategize to maximize your results in negotiating. She says: Found this to be a quick read with helpful and informative insight on the topic of negotiation. It was interesting to learn that there are 4 different styles of negotiation and once you can assess what type of negotiator you are you can recognize the type of negotiator you’re up against and proceed accordingly to maximize your negotiation...