Book Reviews

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In Maus, Art Spiegelman takes a sensitive topic (the Holocaust) and works it into a comic-strip style story of his experience. Not many can take an experience as such and create a piece of work that is neither too heavy nor downplays the significance…touché.

Great read, definitely recommended

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Maus by Art Spiegelman

 

 

 

 

 

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In honor of Pi day(3.14), I want to highlight a read that changed my perspective of truth and story-telling.

It’s now a movie, but long before that it was a book…which will forever be one of my favorites-‘Life of Pi’.

It’s a great read with a reality-shifting plot-twist…

Highly recommended!

-Marc

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

 

 

 

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A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to this awesome piece of work by German-sociologist Max Weber.

Most recently, I’ve revisited it to refresh myself on some of the concepts Weber wrote on.

Simply put, ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ enlightens on the connection between religion and economy.

I highly recommend it.

-Marc

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber

 

 

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Often, I find myself drifting away in thought about the idea of government, policing and the growth of the digital era…all of which correlates with themes in 1984. I recall reading 1984 for the first time and being awestruck and taken by the eerie similarities that I found in those pages. If you weren’t forced to read this in grade (as I was) I recommend you force yourself to do it! #Doublethink.

-Marc

 

1984 by George Orwell 

 

 

 

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Yesterday evening, while going through my closet-bookshelf of old books, I found this awesome read. Granted, I read it over 10 years ago in high school and hadn’t touched it since …I’m sure the message resonated within my mental b/c-after finishing college and relocating multiple times I never got rid of it. Now, thinking back, I can appreciate the message Charles Dickens wove within this great piece of literature; as well as the odd similarities to modern day society.

-Marc

A Tale of Two Cities 

 

 

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The art of loving by Eric Fromm is art itself. Idk about anyone else but I’ve always viewed love as a feeling…emotion of the sort. After reading this I’ve changed my perception. Love, in all its mystery, is so much more. It’s a power, tool, force, function, act…I dare to say the strongest entity in the universe. This book has helped me refresh my viewpoint on platonic, romantic, familial and brotherly love. It’s easy to say you love but harder to practice.loving is truly an art. Glad I got around to reading the art of loving…if you have time you should too!

-Marc

The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

 

 

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Random fact, I purchased my first copy of this book in a Christian book store! If you’re looking to get a perspective of Islamic culture from a place other than the tv, check this out.

-Marc

Unveiling Islam by Ergun and Emir Caner

 

 

 

 

 

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Friends, if you’ve ever found yourself searching for inner-truth or towing with the idea of enlightenment 💡, check out ‘This Light in Oneself’. Indian Philosopher J. Krishnamurti writes from a place of inner peace and mysticism in a way that is insightful and thought-provoking. —Definitely recommended

This Light In Oneself by J. Krishnamurti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grit by Angela Duckworth!

Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Duckworth takes  #Grit from just a word to a #mindset.—worth the read. 

Grit by Angela Duckworth

 

 

 

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From birth we’re conditioned—do this to get this, or do that to get that. But what happens when you do everything step-by-step to no avail. In ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’, Dr. Spencer Johnson highlights this problem and offers a  different approach to  finding your misplaced 🧀 🐭

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson 

 

 

 

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The good book says, “Give & it will be given to you…” Luke 6:38. This book 📖 takes that particular mindset and makes it applicable to everyday life and everyday situations. If you haven’t, check out ‘The Go-Giver’  #BookMarc

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

 

 

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There are not too many stories you’ll find yourself rooting for the antagonist, but Native Son by Richard Wright is not your average story.

In the book, Wright sets the tones by introducing the main character ‘Bigger’, an impoverished African-American youngster in the city of Chicago during the Red Scare of the 1930s. 

The central focus on the book shifts back and forth between Bigger’s life and daily happens through his scope of life and the everyday happenings and fear of communism that was present in the US at the time and most specifically as they related to the Dalton Family—Bigger’s employer. 

This back and forth ultimately leads up to a murder, a court-case and an unsettled internal conflict for the antagonist that will rival even Snape from the Harry Potter series!

Native Son by Richard Wright is a lens into the African-American experience, an American classic and is definitely a Marc for Short recommended read!