Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lean In Listening

Last we spokeLean In, I had just placed the order for a used copy of Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button, a comic-book-esque novel. Twelve days later and… I’m still waiting for the book to arrive. Should I be worried? I was told it would take 4-14 days so I guess I’m still within the limit, but I did get an email that it shipped more than a week ago. Hmm…

In the meantime, I finished listening to the Salt Sugar Fat audiobook by Michael Moss. I now know more about processed food then perhaps is safe. Thanks to the audiobook, I check labels, I think about the claims made by companies, and of course I worry about my levels of salt, sugar, and fat. But worrying hasn’t exactly translated into avoiding. Bread, chocolate, cheese, and much more are definitely still mainstays in my diet.

With Salt Sugar Fat behind me, I’ve moved on to another nonfiction listen, but one of a completely different nature. Enter Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. The Facebook COO’s book has been much talked about for months. Here’s the description:

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

I’ve been meaning to borrow the book from Carley, but instead decided to go the audio route. The audiobook is narrated by Elisa Donovon. I’m really interested to hear what Sandbergy has to say though I am going in a tiny bit skeptical. However, I’ve heard lots of good things about it so I’m making sure to be open-minded.

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Last Book, Here I Come

Bottomless Belly ButtonI know I only check in here from time to time now, but I have some momentous news to announce. I have purchased the last book on my mom’s list! (My definition of “momentous” may be a bit skewed.)

I have been reading manuscripts for work the last month or two, but I haven’t completely forgotten about this project. I just bought a slightly used copy of Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button through Barnes and Noble. So in just 4-14 business days I will have the final book from my mom’s list in my possession to read. I can’t believe it’s almost over!

But first I do actually have to read Bottomless Belly Button. Have I mentioned that it’s a graphic novel? I have no idea how my mom heard of this book or what made her decide to put it on her list. As far as I know, she never read a graphic novel before. And neither have I. I don’t really know what to expect. I guess it’s time to try something new.