Book notes: Laugh It Up! by Candace Payne

Laugh It Up by Candace Payne book summary review and key ideas.

Laugh It Up!: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy by Candace Payne

Synopsis:

“The world knows Candace Payne as โ€œChewbacca Mom,โ€ the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter.

Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same.

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Book notes: Showboat by Roland Lazenby

Showboat by Roland Lazenby book review summary.

Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryan by Roland Lazenby

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Synopsis:

“Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP; and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball’s absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court.

The debate about whether he achieved that is a furious one – but Kobe has surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (five to Jordan’s six).

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Book notes: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight book summary review.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

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Synopsis:

“In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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Book notes: Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama book summary.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

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Synopsis: “In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey; first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.” -Audible

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Book notes: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai book summary.

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

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Synopsis:

“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I am Malalaย will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.” -Audible


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Book notes: I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart

I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart book summary.

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

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Synopsis:

“Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself sinceย Old Yeller.

In his literary debut, he takes the listener on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

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Book notes: Winning by Jack Welch

Winning by Jack Welch book summary

Winning by Jack Welch

Synopsis:

“Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

Welch’s optimistic, no excuses, get-it-done mind-set is riveting. Packed with personal anecdotes and written in Jack’s distinctive no-b.s. voice, Winning is a great read and a great business book. It offers deep insights, original thinking, and nuts-and-bolts advice that are bound to change the way people think about work.” -Audible

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Book notes: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl book summary.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Synopsis: “Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

Man’s Search for Meaning is more than a story of Viktor E. Frankl’s triumph: it is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and an introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day.” -Audible

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