ICR News: August 2015 Meeting Highlights

ICRSharing favorite book finds with colleagues

by Molly A. Walker

At the August 19 meeting of SF IABC’s Independent Communicators’ Roundtable at Rockridge Library in Oakland, members shared favorite books and magazines that other communicators would enjoy. Here is our list of personal recommendations (note these are not officially recommended by IABC or SF IABC).

Financial Times, a great British newspaper with outstanding columnists like Lucy Kellaway and other excellent financial minds (Molly Walker)

The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann, a wonderful fantasy tale about a salesman who learns about the power of giving to become successful (Joyce Davis)

San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists, available online and also included with a year’s subscription (currently $93) to San Francisco’s weekly business newspaper; offering a bounty of information about Bay Area business and industry (Kristine Maas)

The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn, and LinkedIn for Business, Second Edition, by Ted Prodromou, about the value of having a goal in mind when engaging on LinkedIn (Forrest Anderson)

Fast Company, a business magazine available at a low subscription rate (currently $7.99), offering interesting articles, great graphics and an attractive online site (Merry Selk)

Content Strategy for the Web, by content strategy gurus Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach (Merry Selk)

Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher and William Ury, makes a case for negotiating on people’s interests and not their positions; this affects how we think as communicators and how to approach what we do (Paula Nesbitt)

Present Shock, by Douglas Rushkoff, a takeoff on the book Future Shock and a world perspective that we are condensing information into sound bites; the premise is that we need to learn to ask smart questions (Diana Losch)

Stunning Sentences, by Bruce Ross-Larson, even smaller than Elements of Style; the author has written a number of similar small–size books, and works with heads of state in countries around the world (Susan Karr)

Euphoria, by Lily King, about the colorful life of American cultural anthropologist Margaret Meade (Susan Karr)

The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy, or multiplying your success (in business), one step at a time (Craig Harrison)

Working with Difficult People, by Muriel Solomon (Craig Harrison)

The One Page Business Plan, by the Bay Area’s Jim Horan, which comes with a CD and forms (Craig Harrison)

Show Your Work and Steal Like an Artist, both by Austin Kleon (Craig Harrison)

The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt, about moral psychology; a test of your moral biases, the book may assist in your surviving the upcoming presidential campaign and developing empathy for different political opinions (Nancy Friedman)

Grant Writing Revealed, by Jana Jane Hexter, about the art of persuasion and ethical behavior (Michaela Hayes, who also suggested the importance of reading fiction)

Various social media sites, including LinkedIn and Facebook, where ICR member Saul Bromberger discovered a group called “Honor Our Experience,” a community of long-term AIDS survivors.


Susan Karr’s list of great reads …

Books to Read: WOM-BA Suggestions

The Pope and Mussolini

Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf

Case Histories and Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

The Last Flight of Poxl West, Daniel Torday

It got amazing reviews from pretty much everyone, and I LOVED it. I loved it so much, I invited Daniel to be on staff at next year’s Lit Camp—he’s head of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr, and a super nice guy, it turns out.

Florence Gordon, Brian Morton

Saint Mazie, Jami Attenberg

Children’s Crusade, Ann Packer

All the Olivia Manning novels in the NYRB classics series–Fortunes of War, The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy–pretty irresistible stuff.

All the Light We Cannot See, Doerr

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride

Gods of Tango, Carolina De Robertis

any Elena Ferrante novel

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932, Francine Prose

Ben Lerner, 10:04

Marilynne Robinson Lila

Euphoria, Lily Tuck (based on the life of Margaret Meade)

Funny Once, Antonya Nelson’s new story collection

Hold Still, A Memoir with Photographs Sally Mann

Other Joseph, Skip Horack

Gods of Tango, Carolina de Robertis

The Green Room, Anne Enright

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Stone Mattress (stories), Margaret Atwood

Night at the Fiestas (stories), Kirstin Valdez Quade

A View of the Harbour, Elizabeth Taylor (intro by Roxana Robinson), NYBR series

The Residue Years and Battleborn

as well as (Lish legacy)

Noy Holland’s emerging Bird

Prosperous Friends, Christine Schutt

In Zanesville, Jo Ann Beard

Lily Tuck has a terrific new book coming in September.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber. My favorite of the recent spate of post-apocalyptic novels; liked it much better than Station Eleven.

All This Life Josh Mohr

A Small Discretion, Jan Ellison

Enormous Change at the Last-Minute, Grace Paley

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