Sachs Media Group’s Recommended Reading List on National Book Lovers Day

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Jenna Sarkissian

9 August

It’s National Book Lovers Day! Say what?!

As an avid reader, former journalist, self-proclaimed storyteller, and wife to a writer, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate the timeless treasures truly found in those bound pages of words. To take it a step further, I surveyed my fellow book-adoring colleagues to compile a brief set of recommendations for other lovers of the written word.

You won’t want to overlook this unique variety of book recommendations by the expert communicators, wordsmiths, and digital communication gurus across our agency. With so many different personalities at Sachs Media Group, there’s a read for everyone on this list. Check it out:

RON’S PICK: “Many Lives, Many Masters” by Dr. Brian L. Weiss

An inspirational book about the real likelihood that we all will enjoy a life after this one, and that we all are destined to possibly live many lives until we become the most perfect soul we can be. Ron loves this book because it was written by a medical professional who risked great ridicule and condemnation in his own professional sphere of influence by writing it at a time when it defied the conventional beliefs of his peers. Ron says it’s inspiring and life affirming, and helps negate any fears people may have about the end of this life.

LISA’S PICK: “Flesh and Bone and Water” by Luiza Sauma

This attention-grabbing fictional book tells a captivating story about a privileged Brazilian family caught up in a whirlwind of insane struggles, pains, and opportunities for growth across oceans and beyond borders. It’s a you-can’t-escape-where-you-come-from kind of story that is best for mature audiences who like to lose themselves in a great narrative, Lisa says. She loves this book, and especially because she enjoys supporting other Latinos and their literary accomplishments.

RYAN’S PICK: “Business Adventures” by John Brooks

Though it was written in the 1960s, this book has no shortage of timeless business lessons and wisdom for anyone navigating the corporate world — even in 2017. Ryan loves it because of its easy-to-digest structure: a compilation of stories that both teach and entertain about many of the biggest business wins and losses of the 20th century.

JON’S PICK: “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow

This historical biography about the wildly popular (thanks to Broadway) founding father entertains, explains, and transports the reader to a room-where-it-happens background on the early years of America. After falling in love with the Broadway musical soundtrack, Jon simply had to go to the source material — this is the book actor-writer-director Lin-Manuel Miranda read while on vacation, inspiring him to create a phenomenon.

DREW’S PICK: “Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success” by Ken Segall

This book highlights Apple’s obsession for simplicity, which took consumers from getting a better Blackberry to trying a whole new kind of device. Professional communicators especially can grow from this read with its numerous applications on how to condense a message into something short and memorable.

SHELBY’S PICK: “The Dynamics of Persuasion: Communication and Attitudes in the 21st Century” by Richard Perloff

Shelby describes this book as a fascinating read that sparked her passion for the study of media psychology. If you want to discover the impact of truly great messaging, look no further — “The Dynamics of Persuasion” will tell you everything you need to know!

ASHLEY’S PICK: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An insightful read for the everyday woman who wants to do good by bettering the world for other women. Ashley says this book gives the truest definition of feminism, rectifying incorrect assumptions and stereotypes. It helped her better understand how to be a black woman who advocates for minority women’s rights, especially in corporate America.

JENNA’S PICK: “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller

A page-turner for anyone who loves a good story, especially for those who want to learn to tell (and live their own life) stories better. In it, author Donald Miller describes the painful process of turning his first book, “Blue Like Jazz,” into a captivating motion picture. I love this book because Miller magically applies elements of a story — including character, purpose, conflict, and resolution — to everyday life, making his reader reflect on their own existence and discover how to live a better, more fulfilling story.