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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Essays (FSG Classics)
This iconic nonfiction work by a renowned prose stylist captures the essence of 1960s America, with a focus on California. The author explores topics such as John Wayne, Howard Hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil. However, the heart of the book lies in its vivid portrayal of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, which was the epicenter of the counterculture movement.
I love Slouching Towards Bethlehem so much. – source
Also recommended byKara Swisher
Explore how one CEO revitalized his struggling hospitality company by applying psychologist Abraham Maslow's iconic Hierarchy of Needs. Discover how his company overcame economic hardships by focusing on key Relationship Truths with employees, customers, and investors. This book offers part memoir, part theory, and part real world application, providing examples from other companies and offering insights on how to understand motivations in order to build better relationships and develop a profitable corporate culture.
Great business book. – source
When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
This spiritual classic offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into ease and joy. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, the author shows that moving towards painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in unexpected ways. A must-read for those seeking personal growth and resilience.
Has been important to me, and I’ve given to people in my life because it had an impact on me. – source
Also recommended bySarah SilvermanGlenn GreenwaldMatt HaigDerek SiversTara BrachNoah KaganKrista TippettJerry Colonna
The Dream of a Common Language
The Dream of a Common Language is a book that explores the complexities of a woman's heart and mind through language that is accessible to all. Its verse is both plain and noble, with moments of humor and profound thought. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to delve into the inner workings of the female psyche.
I sometimes gift The Dream of a Common Language of poetry. – source
A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
Discover a new language for designing environments in A Pattern Language. This book provides over 250 patterns to solve common design problems, from the height of a window sill to the amount of green space in a neighborhood. Explore the philosophy that humans rely on language to articulate and communicate design ideas, and learn how to create coherence in your own designs. This book is an essential resource for architects and designers alike.
The author is a writer and a thinker about architecture and about how we build. – source
Also recommended byNaval RavikantPatrick CollisonGretchen RubinSriram KrishnanStewart Brand