Winter seems to be making its presence known today, if the scenes from around the NFL are any indication. (This is our typical Sunday morning; The Husband and I on our respective laptops here in the family room and football on TV.) No snow here, but we have a rather gray and gloomy kind of day outside. I’m not even going grocery shopping today. We can make do with whatever we have in the pantry and fridge.
I started The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds last night, and am hoping to spend more time with this one today. (I’m only 26 pages into this, so don’t really have an opinion quite yet). I was intrigued by this one because of it being a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and also because it is based on real events. From the Barnes and Noble synopsis:
In 1837, after years of struggling with alcoholism and depression, the great nature poet John Clare finds himself in High Beach- a mental institution located in Epping Forest on the outskirts of London. It is not long before another famed writer, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and grows entwined in the catastrophic schemes of the hospital’s owner, the peculiar Dr. Matthew Allen, his lonely adolescent daughter, and a coterie of mysterious local characters.
It’s due back to the library on Saturday with no more renewals left, so this will be one of my books this week.
1. You supervise or manage people. (If you’re a parent, that includes your kids. If you’re a teacher, that includes your students.)
2. You want to supervise or manage people.
3. You’ve ever been supervised or managed.
Drive is a book that almost everyone can benefit from reading, and Daniel Pink has written an enjoyable nonfiction read that will be included on my Best of 2010 lists. Although I don’t think the findings are all that surprising (we’re more motivated when we have control over four factors: our time, our technique, our tasks, and our team), I think this is a very good book. Look for my review sometime this week.
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