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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (cover)Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In, is currently topping America's bestseller lists. At 228 pages, it is a quick and digestible read. Sandberg's tone is humorous and warm. As I read, I got the sense that I would be completely comfortable approaching her if I worked at her company. It could be just me, but I find it pretty remarkable to get that sense about someone who now consistently makes Forbes magazine's annual list of the most powerful women in the world.

 

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One of Sandberg's major concerns is the relative dearth of women leaders in politics and business, as the leaders in those arenas are the people who make the decisions that affect the rest of the world's population, and half of that population is female. For me, one of the most memorable of the anecdotes Sandberg offers in her book recalls when she made a pitch at a New York equity firm and asked a male executive where the women's restroom was. The man was stumped by the question - apparently she was the first business visitor who ever needed to use one!  

 

Sandberg has faced some criticism for offering advice to women who may not share her significant privileges, which include a solid family background, a top-notch education, a supportive spouse and the monetary resources to hire help in running her household and caring for her children. But I think is to her credit that Sandberg is quick to acknowledge these privileges and I think she is sincere in wanting to support women from all backgrounds in making the life choices that are right for them.

 

Lean In is available to borrow from the San Jose Public Library in print, e-book, and audio e-book format.



I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did : Social Networks and the Death of Privacy


book cover“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

“You can’t take back the things that you have said.”

“Think before you speak.”

“You said it, now you have to live with it.”

 

 

Sound familiar?    You may recall either parents or teachers sharing these well known bits of advice with you.  These phrases certainly made an impression on me because they often surface in the back of my mind as I make my way through life.   I respect the power of words, thoughts and images and now I wonder about all the words, thoughts and images that are saturating social networks on the Internet.  Every word, every image has an impact, and once posted on a social networking site they cannot be “taken back.”  Consider the personal data that millions of people are posting on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and other social networks.    Are all the posts and photos really private ?

 

Lori Andrews, a law professor and leading expert on social networks and privacy, explores the potential perils of social networking in her latest book  I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did : Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.    Andrews takes an in depth look at how what we post and share on social networking sites can be tracked and compiled without our knowledge.  She cites cases where information mined from social networking sites has been used by employers, schools, lawyers and police to learn more about an individual’s habits, character and beliefs, often with devastating outcomes.  Andrews believes that it may be time to consider the real need for a Social Network Constitution to protect the property, privacy, life and liberty of social network users.  If social networking is an integral part of your life and you value your privacy, you might want to read  I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did before you compose your next online post or tweet.



The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler


Book cover of The Future of UsLast year, Josh used to come to all my home meets just to wave and cheer me on. It makes me want to be honest and tell him what else I saw on the website, before he came over.

 

But I can't bring myself to say it.

 

What I saw would make things even more awkward between us. 

 

I hate being dishonest with Josh, but I can't tell him what I'm about to do. My future husband didn't come home for three nights! And now he's using my money to buy some gadget. Meanwhile, I can't even afford a therapist, which I most likely need in the future so I can talk about him!

 

I have to get rid of this guy.

 

It's 1996 and Facebook does not exist yet. Or does it? When Josh gives Emma an America Online CD-ROM download, Emma enters the world of Facebook, 15 years in the future! While an explanation for the time travel is never given, the effects of tampering with one's future is explored. Emma is desperate to change hers while Josh is perfectly content with his future. Or is he?

 

The Future of Us is quite a page-turner. As other reviewers have noted, however, the singular works by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler are better reads. Time travel is a difficult concept to master without running into inconsistencies. The reader must be aware that they need to suspend some of their disbelief, because this is a good story.

 

Jay Asher is the author of Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel and Carolyn Mackler is the author of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things and Tangled.



A Bucket List for 2012


There are some doom-sayers who are claiming that the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012.  Whether or not they are right, there are some other people who are taking it to heart in a joking way and creating a "bucket list" for 2012.  There's a facebook group if you'd like to join and I thought I'd share my own "bucket list" for 2012.

 

Cover of Al Capone Does My Shirts1.  Go to Alcatraz.  I've lived in the Bay area for 10 years now and I still haven't done the boat ride and tour of Alcatraz.  And before I go I need to read: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.  It is the story of a boy whose family moves to Alcatraz Island when his father gets a job as a guard there in 1935.

 

 

 

Cover of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom2.  Go to Disneyland.  I went when I was 2 years old and I hear I had a good time, but I frankly don't recall!  I have a lot of friends who still love to go to Disneyland as adults.  And before I go, I need to read: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.  This one is a free ebook download so I can use my ereader...

 

 

 

Cover of Bobby Flay's Throwdown3.  Eat Cioppino.  This is apparently the most famous San Francisco Fish Dish.  I don't know what they're talking about because I've never tried it.  Bobby Flay did a Throwdown against Phil DiGirolamo from Phil's in Moss Landing for this dish and includes a recipe in his book: Bobby Flay's Throwdown.  There are a lot of restaurants who carry this dish so I don't think I'll have a problem here!

 

 

Cover to the Complete Bike Book4.  Bike the Coyote Creek Trail.  This trail is 18.7 miles in total so I might take it easy and do it in a couple of sessions.  But I'd be able to get a scenic view of a lot of San Jose!  But first, I need to fix my bike up - I think I'll need to check out the Complete Bike Book by Chris Sidwells. 

 

 

 

Cover to Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in the San Francisco Bay Area5.  Wow!  I'm running out of good ideas for my bucket list!  Time to check out Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in the San Francisco Bay Area by Scott Van Velsor! 

 

Maybe you'd like to join me in creating a "bucket list" this year instead of a resolution.  Come up with some fun activities and give yourself a reading list too!  Let me know how it goes and Happy New Year!



Social Networking Beyond Facebook


PinterestThere's something new in social networking and if you are a visual learner or just love browsing the web, this one might be for you. Pinterest is a site which allows you to "pin" an image from a website that you like and sort it into any number of "boards" that you choose. You then share those images with the world, and in particular with friends who have also signed up and decided to follow your "pins."

 

Picture of Pinterest Icon for "Gothmom"My pinterest name is Gothmom and you are welcome to check out my boards. That photo is my school photo from the first grade and my pinterest icon. You'll see the images of things I'd like to craft, things I'd like to cook and ideas for home and garden that intrigue me. If you see something on my board that you think is cool, you can "repin" it onto your own board and share the neat idea that way.

 

It does connect to Facebook and Twitter if you like, but I don't link between social networks very much and Pinterest allows me to decide how much I'm sharing.

 

YelpAnother social networking site that seems to get better and better is Yelp.  The Yelp App is a really great smartphone tool for determining where the closest restaurant or movie theater is to you in real time and then it even can show you a map of where it is so you can get there easily. The other important feature that Yelp is all about is the crowdsourcing.  Because so many people have written reviews of businesses, you can get a fairly reliable idea of what the experience will be like when you walk through the doors of a business you've never been to before.

 

Image of Social Networking for Career Success by Miriam SalpeterWant to learn more about social networking? Take a look at Social Networking for Career Success by Miriam Salpeter. More and more people are using social networks such as LinkedIn to do business networking and look for jobs.

 

All a Twitter by Tee Morris is an ebook that goes into detail on the pros and cons of networking on Twitter. Some people love it, but remember the trouble it has gotten Charlie Sheen into! All in 160 characters or less!

 

Speaking of all this social networking, be sure to "Like" San José Public Library on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too.



The Social Network


The Social Network is loosely based on the founder of Facebook. I enjoyed this movie because it followed all the aspects that the founder would have gone through to end up creating the very popular website Facebook. Even though there will be obstacles in life, this movie shows you can set your goals and make them come true.

 

Here's a book based on the founder of Facebook:

Book cover of The Accidental Billionaires

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich

 

 

Other books on the social network



Posted by Patricia Solis on Mar 25, 2011 | Comments: 0 |
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