CityU Library’s Book Review Roundup!

Meet your reviewers: Carolyne, Theresa, Tammy, Jenni

If you missed any of our reviews for the 2014-15 school year, don’t worry! They are all listed here with links to each review. Each review contains Curriculum Connections and Related Resources so you can learn more. You can find most of these at the CityU Library or by going to to find a copy at the library closest to you. Happy reading!

PHOTO  Meet your reviewers: Carolyne, Theresa, Tammy, Jenni

Cover of "Overwhelmed"Overwhelmed: Work, love, and play when no one has the time. Schulte, Brigid. 2014. New York, NY: Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 369 pages. [Reviewed by Tammy Salman] Overwhelmed explores the intersection of work, love, and play through the the history of leisure time, as well as changing views on work and gender issues such as men’s increasing desire to spend less time at the office and more time with their families.

Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigalReality is broken:  Why games make us better and how they can change the world. McGonigal, Jane. 2011. New York, NY: Penguin Press. 416 pages. [Reviewed by Sara Hatch]  Jane believes that games potentially offer more than just addictive entertainment; they offer insight into what we want and need as human beings.  Her book firmly asserts that game theory can be applied to real life, and that when game theory is applied to real life, life is better.

Power of HabitThe power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business. Duhigg, Charles. 2012. New York: Random House. 371 pages. [Reviewed by Theresa Gehrig] As I read, I begin to place my own unproductive habits over Duhigg’s habit loop charts, looking for the recipe to break them.
But careful reading of Duhigg’s book shows that I can’t break bad habits, but rather I can replace a bad habit with a more positive habit.

lean-in-coverLean in: Women, work, and the will to lead. Sandberg, Sheryl. 2013. New York, NY: Random House. 228 pages. [Reviewed by Carolyne Begin]  Sandberg encourages women to use her technique of “leaning in” to master the corporate world largely dominated by men. This includes various aspects of work culture but the thing that stayed with me the most was to be less scared. Don’t be scared to “sit at the table” or promote yourself. Don’t be too scared to take a job because of what the future means as a woman and don’t be scared to ask for what you want.

Engaging Minds in the ClassroomEngaging minds in the classroom: The surprising power of joy. Opitz, Michael F., & Ford, Michael P. 2014. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 77 pages. [Reviewed by Jennifer Bodley] Today’s educational emphases are on standardized test scores, learning outcomes, and student performance. For these ends, is the focus on acquiring knowledge to the exclusion of pleasure and happiness?

MITMIT Sloan Management Review, [full text 1988- present]. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Quarterly). [Reviewed by Theresa Gehrig]  Published quarterly by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SMR disseminates new management research and innovative ideas to help executives, leaders, students and others in businesses or organizations understand and apply new knowledge within turbulent and ever-shifting organizational, technological and societal landscapes.

ThanksForFeedbackCoverThanks for the feedback: The science and art of receiving feedback well (even when it is off base, unfair, poorly delivered, and, frankly, you’re just not in the mood). Stone, Douglas and Heen, Sheila. 2014. New York, NY: Viking. 348 pages. [Reviewed by Tammy Salman] It seems we have no shortage of opinions and suggestions to deliver through formal and informal methods, but how do we react when this feedback is directed at us? Not as well as the feedback-givers intended, it turns out.

Information Doesn't Want to be Free cover imageInformation doesn’t want to be free: Laws for the Internet age. Doctorow, C., Palmer, A., & Gaiman, N. 2014. San Francisco, CA: McSweeney’s. 162 pages. [Reviewed by Carolyne Begin] The title exemplifies the core idea that Cory Doctorow expresses in this book. He goes on to explain that people want the freedom to interact with their devices and information in any way they can imagine.

Everybody Writes by Ann HandleyEverybody writes:  Your go-to guide to creating ridiculously good content. Handley, Ann. 2014. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 298 pages. [Reviewed by Theresa Gehrig] Most business professionals (you!) spend 13 hours a week managing writing or responding to emails. With a background in journalism and marketing, Handley is committed to helping you write all your content – whatever form that takes.

Cover of "Discussion Based Online Teaching"Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning. Bender, Tisha. 2012. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing. 280 pages. [Reviewed by Jennifer Bodley] Do your discussion board activities and questions promote community and collaboration, provoke critical thinking and provide leadership opportunities?

Published June 9, 2015



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