An upbeat, clear-cut career accountability kick-starter.


The Job Book


A dentist, developer, and philanthropist maps out an action plan to get the job one really wants in this personal and professional development guide.

For debut author Regni, the only way to “function at one’s best in the work force, let alone one’s true dream career,” is by “stepping up to higher awareness of yourself and what you want.” He offers “small, digestible, and very doable steps” to aid in this quest. He first asks readers to identify their own special attributes by recalling activities that they enjoyed as children, before negative forces (such as parents, teachers, or spouses) crushed those inclinations. He then outlines positive and negative habits to “invite” or “avoid” on the job: one should be a good listener, for example, and avoid gossiping. He also includes a worksheet to track whether one deserves a “+” or “-” on any given day. The author spends about a third of the book offering an array of job descriptions and growth charts, as if to underscore his assertion that “Career options that fit are abundant, not scarce!” He also emphasizes the importance of networking with another worksheet, which sets forth a plan to make new connections each week. Personal accountability is Regni’s byword in this book. He notes in his bio, for example, that he was prompted to write this book (with co-writer Phillips, a life coach) after hearing patients express job-hunting concerns and feeling “responsible for doing something about it.” Overall, though, he offers rather basic information that is readily available elsewhere, and he sometimes states the obvious (such as what funeral directors do or that social media is important). That said, the strength of this book lies in its exercises, which reinforce the idea that readers must step up to take charge of their own career searches and development. For instance, after he wraps up the book with a variety of tips and websites for resume creation and job hunting, he adds a final worksheet to record how one spends one’s day and to determine one’s “ideal lifestyle.” Overall, it’s a simple but still empowering primer.

An upbeat, clear-cut career accountability kick-starter.

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Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 29, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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