NPR – Best Books of 2009

December 11, 2009

NPR has a really nice section on their site devoted to books of the year:


You’ve Got To Read This Book!

September 29, 2008




One of the titles in the Library’s new popular reading section that caught my eye is You’ve Got To Read This Book!  By Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks.  The book is a compilation of 55 vignettes describing how books have changed the lives of 55 notable people.  Picking any chapter at random results in reading an account of an individual being uplifted and inspired due to the influence of reading a work of fiction or non-fiction.  Each of the contributors is generous in describing their own introspection.  Wally Amos, of Famous Amos cookies, and who also holds an honorary doctorate in education from Johnson and Wales University, tells how the book Love is Letting Go of Fear, by Gerald Jampolsky, taught him that he is the only person responsible for how he feels and how he processes experiences, and that letting go of fear is just a decision.  Lou Holtz, former head coach at Notre Dame, was inspired to list and become motivated to achieve all the things he wanted to accomplish in life after reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.  This happened at a time when he was unemployed and feeling depressed about life’s prospects.  Rafe Esquith, a fifth grade teacher in central Los Angeles, explains how reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee inspired him to begin teaching ethics and moral development in his classes.  Craig Newmark, the founder of, found meaning for his own activities after reading The Cluetrain Manifesto, which was written by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger.  The ideas presented mirrored his own thoughts about the function of the Internet and inspired him to keep craigslist as a big network of people helping each other out.


How about you?  Have you experienced a book that influenced your thinking or caused you to change directions in life?  The JWU Library blog is open for comments and we would really like to know what books have been important enough to you that you would say: “You’ve got to read this book!”






Popular and Best-selling Books

August 18, 2008
JWU Popular Book Section

JWU Popular Book Section

This fall the JWU Library North Miami Campus will offer a rotating collection of popular and best-selling books.  Each month the library will exchange at least 10 books from its collection of 200 for 10 new ones to keep the collection up to date.  Students can find the popular and best-selling books at the front of the library adjacent to the periodical display case.  The same borrowing terms apply.