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Off the Author's Bookshelf: What Al's Reading

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – This is not just speculation by a writer, this is experimentation by a person with keen insights. I like writers who share vital behaviors and Gretchen does a great job.

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov – Wonderful, powerful, and very specific behaviors for improving teaching—at all levels and all kinds of situations. Written by someone who stood at the back of the room and noticed the difference between the good teachers and the great teachers.

The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha – American poet William Carlos Williams once commented that, “Poetry is the stuff for the lack of which people die miserably every day.” The Book of Awesome helps us smell the roses and find the poetry in every day.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Sci-fi and an interesting look at leadership and organization, of team work and commitment. Card is a great writer and has great insights into people.


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