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Wondering what to get that business professional in your life for Christmas? Fear not. We partnered with Zandbroz, a book and gift store in Downtown Fargo, to highlight some of their hot business reads.
1. The Best American Nonrequired Reading by Edan Lepucki
In this annual collection of poems, stories, comics and essays, a group of high school students held discussions about what should be featured in this year’s edition. In the 2019 edition, you’ll read stories about pizza-delivery women, family, dolls giving birth, anthropomorphic lakes and more.
2. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
For 25 years, this book has inspired writers. This advice is personified with the opening lines from the book:
“Thirty years ago, my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”
3. Because Internet: Understanding The New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch
The internet is drastically changing the English language. McCulloch examines why this is a good thing and what our online interactions reveal about us.
4. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
The powerhouse author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point” and the host of Revisionist History comes back with this New York Times bestseller about why the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know is very wrong.
5. Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity by Charles Marohn
This book by the Founder and President of Strong Towns is all about forward-thinking ideas that break with modern wisdom to present a new vision of urban development in the U.S.
6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
In today’s world, it seems like whoever shouts the loudest gets the farthest. Cain argues that we undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.