This fall, as the leaves change colors and eventually drop to the earth, I encourage you to spend some leisure time with three titles I’ve enjoyed reading in recent months. 

  1. Reading the Silver Screen
    In his new book, Thomas Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, help readers, screenwriters, and movie lovers dissect the key components of quality films. You’ll watch your favorite movies with more observant eyes and catch things you didn’t notice the first time around!
  2. The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac
    This is a recent biography of the late On the Road writer, written with depth and objectivity by Julie Johnson, who was one of Kerouac’s close friends and one-time lover. For writers looking for subject material, Johnson’s book demonstrates how gifted Kerouac was at taking episodes from his life and re-purposing them into fictional narrative.
  3. There, There
    Tommy Orange’s first book is a haunting, interwoven collection of vignettes concerning Native Americans living in and around Oakland, California. The reader enters the pain, hope, and despair felt by these individuals in contemporary America. I look forward to reading a lot more from this young writer.

What books do you recommend for this season of pumpkin spice lattes, excessive candy, and holiday decorations?

Growing Your Strengths

I’m a Nashville-based writer, talent strategist, and certified executive coach. On this website, I primarily write stories featuring a diverse group of professionals whose examples of applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life.

These characters face familiar pain points: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, and the collective “noise” that grows louder each day. The impact, for these professionals and for many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.

Until, however, each of these individuals chooses to do something new: practicing mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling habits, and growing them into strengths…strengths that respond to change rather than just react.

Strengths that you can develop as well.

Don’t settle for the confusion, distraction, and stress. You’re stronger than that, and capable of much more.

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