Ivanka Trump's new book, Women Who Work, hits the bookstands next week. Since her life experience is uniquely privileged, it's hard to see how her advice can be all that useful to us mere mortals.
Subtitle: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal
30 Second Summary: A non-practicing physician and former New York Times reporter chronicles the insanity of our "market-driven" healthcare system, why politicians won't fix its problems, and what you can do to keep from being ripped off by the healthcare industrial complex.
Best Quote: "All the harrowing tales in this book occurred despite the 2010 passage and 2014 enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA, also known as 'Obamacare'). The ACA is not a failure as some still assert, but the "affordable in its name was an overreach to win over votes and public opinion... After endless compromises with the medical industry to enable its passage, the ACA was mostly a bill to make sure that every American could have access to health insurance. But it didn't directly do much, if anything, to control runaway spending or unsavory business practices. Washington being what it is, I doubt we'll ever see the 'Take Back America's Healthcare' bill or the 'Stop Robbing Patients' bill."
Subtitle: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Authors: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
30 Second Summary: In the wake of her husband's unexpected death, Facebook's COO admits that her previous book, Lean In, wasn't too enthusiastic about a woman's ability to juggle family and career. In this book, co-authored with a Harvard psychologist, Sandberg explains how she found the resilience to continue her family and career and provides suggestions for increasing one's own resilience.
Best Quote: "I now know that it is possible to experience post-traumatic growth. In the wake of the most crushing blows, people can find greater strength and deeper meaning. I also believe that it is possible to experience pre-traumatic growth--that you don't have to experience tragedy to build your resilience for whatever lies ahead."
Subtitle: The Science of Succeeding With People
Author: Vanessa Van Edwards
30 Second Summary: An engaging "how to" look at developing better social skills based upon research conducted at her private laboratory. This is certainly not the first book on this subject, but it's more entertaining than most of the genre. Warning: the "science" in this book includes statistically invalid research like self-selecting Twitter polls.
Best Quote: "As diverse as we all seem on the outside, our inner workings are quite similar--if not eerily predictable. There are hidden rules to human behavior. We just have to find where to look."
Subtitle: A Woman's Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves
Author: Christy Wright
30 Second Summary: A basic, easily-understandable handbook for women who want to start their own business from scratch, under the basic premise that you're more likely to be successful if your startup is based on things that you love doing.
Best Quote: There is a growing movement of women stepping into their God-given gifts to find work that matters and make money doing what they love. Between the ever-increasing popularity of sites like Etsy and Pinterest, more and more women are funning a part-time business in addition to their full-time responsibilities. It may be a small hobby they occasionally charge for, or it may be something that develops into a full-time company with team members... [If] you already are one of these women, or you're at least thinking about becoming one, I've got great news for you: there has never been a better time to do it. Between the endless free social media marketing platforms and the countless online tools, resources, and solution, entering the marketplace is easier than ever. You don't need to pay $10,000 to have a professional programmer build a website from scratch, and you don't need to pay for advertising. You don't need to maintain a huge inventory of goods, and you definitely don't need a brick-and-mortar store. You can launch your business tomorrow with nothing more than an idea and a Facebook page.
Subtitle: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
Author: Lolly Daskal
30 Second Summary: A noted management consultant takes a fresh look at management theory and the futility of managers who attempt to cover up their flaws or "gaps." She then provides a roadmap for recognizing those weaknesses and turning them into strengths. An unusual perspective and highly-readable book.
Best Quote: "You can't have the good without the bad, you cannot recognize beauty without ugliness, and you cannot know happiness without unhappiness. All of your so-called faults can be your greatest assets. Ironically, understanding your weaknesses is your greatest strength. You have to embrace the gaps in what you know in order to leverage them."