HAPPY IS COOL.

HOW TO IGNITE THE TRUE HAPPINESS IN YOU

Professional life coach Brocato’s (Manage Yourself, 2011, etc.) third self-help book describes how to achieve “coolness” by cultivating positive traits that engender happiness.
The concept of coolness changes at different stages of life. High schoolers may be preoccupied with wearing eyeliner, for example, while adults may be consumed by their desires to have families and contribute to their communities. This book shows that wherever one is on the spectrum, coolness is fundamentally about having self-confidence based on genuine achievements, which allows one to feel good and project happiness to others. In a conversational style, Brocato presents a single idea at the beginning of each chapter, such as “Empathize with Others” or “Limit Your Worry,” and then delineates precisely what it means. For “Respect Everyone,” for example, he writes, “No one in this world is better than anyone else. Someone might be the president of the United States, or a scratch golfer, or a billionaire, but he or she is no better than any one of us as a person or spiritual being. Every single person in this world deserves the utmost respect.” He groups these ideas into sets of five, and then reviews them in “Visioning Coaching Keys” sections, which invite readers to answer specific questions (“What would your life be like if you took more time to think before you spoke? Would your relationships be stronger?”). The book’s warm, good-natured approach to life leads to solid, if unoriginal, advice, and Brocato’s examples of “cool” moments, such as trusting one’s gut feelings in matters of love and risk-taking, are inspiring without being groundbreaking. That said, the book’s broad advice will help readers who are willing to put the work into understanding their own desires. It also offers them the comfort of knowing that by honoring such values, they’ll eventually attain a feeling that’s far more desirable than the chilly, removed perspective traditionally associated with being “cool.”

A straightforward, concise self-help guide for readers who have the courage to trust their own feelings.

Pub Date: June 29, 2014

ISBN: 978-0615906034

Page Count: 294

Publisher: Intense Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 25, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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