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Paige is reading:
“Never Let Me Go” by Kazu Ishaguro. Each character is intricately crafted. This is a captivating journey to understand, and come to terms with seemingly unalterable circumstances. Kazu Ishaguru was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.
“Station 11” by Emily St. John Mandel. This is not your run of the mill post-apocalypse book. “Station 11” follows the lives of several characters who grow and develop in realistic ways as their circumstances change them, both before and after a swine flu mutation takes out 99% of the world’s population.
Allen & Chip are both reading:
A Light in the Darkness: Leadership Development for the Unknown, by JC Glick. JC Glick is a friend of FinTrust. He is from Columbia, South Carolina. Glick has an impressive background including serving 20 years as an Infinity Officer primarily with Special Operations/Missions Units.
Will is reading:
“Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz: Are humans more honest with internet search engines than with family, friends or coworkers? Author and researcher Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains how the internet may know more about us than we know about ourselves.
Paige is Reading Historical Fiction Set in WWII
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah: This quickly became one of my favorite books. “The Nightingale” is an obviously well-researched blend of very human stories and documented history. This book manages to put you in the shoes of refugees fleeing large European cities during bombings, and women who are forced to host German solders in their homes while their husbands fight. The characters are so well-crafted you can’t help but become emotionally invested in their stories.
“All the Light we Cannot See” By Anthony Doerr: Follows two young people as they grow up in France and Germany during WWII. The boy, Werner Pfennig, is an orphan who shows a prolific mathematical ability, particularly in triangulation. The girl, Marie-Laure Leblanc, is blind, and forced to flee the bombing in Paris. It is interesting to see the ways the war changes them, and the things they are able to hold on to.
“Lilac Girls” By Martha Hell Relly: ‘Lilac Girls’ follows a socialite in New York City, a female German doctor, and teenager in Poland through the decades surrounding the war. This well-researched book provided insight into the horrors of WWII through several view points.
Philip Brice is reading: The Undoing Project and Digital Gold
“The Undoing Project” is a fascinating exploration of the human decision making process. The arguments in the book provide a fresh prospective for viewing everything from behavioral economics to the psychology of war.”
“Digital Gold” surveys the history of digital currency. Not only is the subject matter interesting, but it is also a great history lesson in the rise of Bitcoin. The book is a must read for anyone looking to understand this new currency”
Allen Gillespie is reading: Winning the Zero Moment of Truth
“Winning the Zero Moment of Truth – ZMOT” is a free eBook by Jim Lecinski of Google. The book provides a data driven perspective on what they call the zero moment – the moment a consumer decides to make a purchase online. It is interesting to see Google’s perspective on the ever changing digital marketing landscape.”