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Modern Romance

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At no other point in human history have we had such easy access to people. We have apps to connect with people, to meet people, to find people. So why are so many of us having trouble finding a romantic relationship?

It all seemed so easy in years gone by when you would meet someone from your neighborhood and settle down. But then again the divorce rate is at 50% as a result of these “convenient” relationships.

I could go on and on because sociology, and especially the study of romantic relationships, fascinates me.

Aziz Ansari and NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg teamed up to help illuminate the landscape of dating, courtship, romance, etc. in a way that only a comedian and a social scientist could.

This book is literally everywhere right now – and there’s good reason.

It’s hilarious and incredibly interesting. So step away from OKCupid, Tinder, and all those other apps and give this a read. You’ll love it.

~j

The Essentials: Modern Romance

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The Martian

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This book reco is a drastic departure from my last one.

I went from period romance with some science thrown in – to a sci-fi action adventure… with some science thrown in. I guess I’m a nerd who can’t escape some good science.

The Martian is about a team of astronauts who accidentally leave a man behind on the red planet. Here’s an excerpt from the dust jacket:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

That’s some exciting shit, amiright??

I plowed through this one in just two flights (LA->NYC and back) so it’s the perfect quick read for a day on the beach, etc.

Enjoy!

~j

PS – read it before the movie comes out!

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Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 1

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Alright, homies – Father’s Day is a mere week away so I’m going to be posting at least once every day leading up to the day of dads with suggestions on gifts that will delight that gent who calls you son / daughter.

Woah how was that for a run-on lead sentence??

In any event, today I bring you two books that are sure to make your dad glad.

First, if your dad is anything like mine, he likes a nice beer now and then. Quench his thirst with some light reading on the best craft beers in the states. The United States of Craft Beer: A Guide to the Best Craft Breweries Across America will help him discover some new faves.

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Second, if your dad is a watch connoisseur, gift him with About Time: Celebrating Men’s Watches. It’s okay if you can’t afford to get him that Rolex he’s been eyeing. This will show him that you care… without breaking the bank.

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Stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow and every day this week!

If those don’t float your boat, check out some of these choice reads sure to speak to one of your dad’s interests.

Cheers,
~j

The Signature of All Things

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If you would ask me to summarize my book club reco this month… I would have a tough time doing so.

But since you asked, I’ll try.

The Signature of All Things is sort of a period novel about a botanist from a unique and colorful lineage. But mixed into this very solid, scientifically minded protagonist there’s an unexpected raunchy plot line… narrated in a proper, turn of the century manner. It’s bizarre!

I’m of a nerdy, inquisitive-type mind so I actually liked reading about all of the trade and empire building that went into this botanist’s acquisition of wealth and fame.

But then out of nowhere this sexually charged stuff was like WOAH. What??

I have to admit, I’m only halfway through the novel but I don’t need to finish it to recommend it to you all.

I think it would make a great beach or plane read. I read the first 200 pages or so on a cross-country flight and it kept my attention the entire time.

Let me know if you have any other good reads on your nightstand!

~j

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The 48 Laws of Power

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Y’all are fans of House of Cards, right? Yes! I know. It’s so good.

Okay. Glad we’re on the same page.

Well I recently binged on the entire 3 seasons and would honestly watch like 5 episodes in a sitting. I know! I was obsessed.

The power dynamics and intricate strategic moves in Francis Underwood’s world kept me on the edge of my seat. So much so, in fact, that I was thirsty for more of that type of action after I watched all of the episodes Netflix had to offer.

My search for more led me to an Amazon book search – and behold: The 48 Laws of Power. Robert Greene actually has several books on the likes of Mastery and Seduction… but what I love about these is that you can read them as if Francis Underwood is speaking to you directly. I read them in his voice (like during one of his straight-to-camera monologues) as if he was educating me on how to use historical lessons and political precedent to get what you want.

It’s so good!

So if you feel like reading Francis Underwood’s “how to” guide – pick up one (or a few) of these books. It should hold you over until season 4 rolls around.

~j

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