Weekend Reads: Year of Yes, Keep the Change & THINK

Need a little inspiration? Love a good book? Sit back, relax and cozy up on the couch with some Weekend Reads.
Year of Yes book coverFor far too long, you’ve been holding back. Opportunities have presented themselves, and you’ve passed on them. Some days you feel like you’re in a ten-foot-deep rut. In Shonda Rhimes’ book Year of Yes you’ll see how to get out. Television writer and actor Rhimes writes that saying “yes” is a good thing, even if it’s scary. She said yes to those who inspired her. She said yes to compliments. She even said yes to learning how to appropriately say “no.” Get inspired and enjoy a good read with Rhimes’ book available for purchase here.
Keep the Change book coverFind a penny, pick it up. Do youths even know this phrase? What’s the deal with a lousy penny, anyhow? Harley J. Spiller makes it his hobby to know, and in Keep the Change, he’ll tell you. The first copper pennies, produced in 1792, couldn’t be deposited in a bank because they weren’t declared legal tender until 1862. Still, making cents made sense: pennies were traded for and used by slaves, and when Abraham Lincoln died, mourners turned “Indianhead” coins into souvenirs. Abe’s portrait on the penny proved to be even more popular: between 1909 and 2012, nearly 500 billion pennies were minted, although many people now jeer at the mere presence of a one-cent coin. Did you know that banks sometimes literally throw money away? Yep, and you’ll learn why (and more!) in Keep the ChangePurchase it here.
ThinkDo you believe everything you’re told? Of course not! For those that don’t, they’re on their way to being considered skeptics, says the author of Think: Why You Should Question Everything, Guy P. Harrison. Good skeptics, he says, question what they’re told and try to verify facts with science. Harrison alludes that skepticism is actually a kind of science and that in order to “think like a scientist,” an individual needs to take a step back to analyze if a new piece of information is fishy or valid. This book is the perfect gift for your gullible friends and family yearning to learn the art of analysis. Purchase the book here
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Contributions by Terri Schlichenmeyer