Books I Read Last Month – May 2020

Nothing beats a good book of nonfiction to expand the mind and the heart. 😇 This month I read some amazing pieces of non fiction in the genres of: Business, Science & Memoir! And maybe that is why though I am 1 book short from my monthly target of 4, I am still very happy about it.

Here are the books I finished reading in May 2020:


Loonshots

How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

by  Safi Bahcall

3-Word Review:

Original • Smart • Scintillating

In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, Bahcall shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice.

Using examples that range from the spread of fires in forests to the hunt for terrorists online, and stories of thieves and geniuses and kings, Bahcall shows how this new kind of science helps us understand the behavior of companies and the fate of empires. Loonshots distills these insights into lessons for creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries everywhere. 

Kindle Edition available.


“As teams and companies grow larger, the stakes in outcome decrease while the perks of rank increase. When the two cross, the system snaps. Incentives begin encouraging behavior no one wants. Those same groups—with the same people—begin rejecting loonshots.”

– Safi Bahcall, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

3-Word Review:

Fascinating • Quick • Fun

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

Audio Book available.


“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

3-Word Review:

Light • Cheerful • Memoir

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood, the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway. Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Audio Book available.


“As my friend Oliver Platt used to say to me about hopes and dreams I’d share with him: ‘It’s coming, just not on your time frame.”

– Lauren Graham, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

In this series Books I Read Last Month, I recap the list of books I read the previous month, which includes 3-Word Reviews, Synopsis & a quote from each one of my reads. You can read some other posts from this series, by clicking here.

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