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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This captivating novel brings young New Yorker, Theo Decker, to life through his experiences of tragedy, wonder, wealth, grief, and gain. Valerie says Donna Tartt’s writing makes you feel as if you’re walking right alongside Theo as he navigates his way through life’s never-ending struggles and victories.
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.
This book is a graphic memoir about one woman’s unique and challenging relationship with her father after coming out as a lesbian. It’s a beautifully tragic coming-of-age story that gives readers one particular take on the experience some individuals have while discovering their true identity and coming out to family, says Allison. She says she loves the way Alison Bechdel peppers in just enough comic relief to make the story captivating from beginning to end. Allison admits that It’s an emotionally tough read at times, but is a wonderful read for anyone interested in one woman’s particular struggle with her lesbian identity from a young age.
CHRIS’ PICK: “Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too” by Gary Vaynerchuk
This book is all about personal empowerment and creating a life path tailored to what is important to you. Gary breaks down concepts that seem complex and overwhelming to a much more simpler ideology and make success more attainable, Chris says. He says the title may lead you to think it’s for a specific group of business people, but he recommends it to anyone as it has great information that people of all walks of life can use to grow and thrive.