Jane McGonigal
Book Recommendations

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Maria Semple
    Fiction
    3.88 (525,207)

    Bernadette fox has vanished.when her daughter bee claims a family trip to antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. but worn down by years of trying to live the seattle life she never wanted, ms. fox is on the brink of a meltdown. and after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces--which is exactly what bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and

    Jane McGonigal

    I just wanted to say that I just finished Where'd You Go Bernadette and I loved it so much. This is the most fun I've had reading a book in ages. It was exactly what I need.

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  • Suffering Is Optional

    Suffering Is Optional

    Suffering Is Optional

    Cheri Huber,June Shiver
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.03 (163)

    Centers around three basic aspects of zen practice: pay attention, believe nothing, and don’t take anything personally. as ending suffering requires that one sees how suffering happens, the book urges readers to be willing to be quiet and pay attention to the process of suffering in effort to see each moment as an opportunity to step beyond illusion into freedom. it also argues that examining beliefs, abandoning them, and returning attention to the present is essential to ending suffering, as is living in the awareness that nothing in the universe

    Jane McGonigal

    That's another good book.

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  • Finite and Infinite Games

    Finite and Infinite Games

    Finite and Infinite Games

    James P. Carse
    Philosophy
    3.86 (4,807)

    An extraordinary book that will dramatically change the way you experience life.finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and politics, in the bedroom and on the battlefied -- games with winners and losers, a beginning and an end. infinite games are more mysterious -- and ultimately more rewarding. they are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom.in this elegant and compelling work, james carse explores what these games mean, and what they can mean to you. he offers stunning

    Jane McGonigal

    It's this big shock. It's like Sixth Sense.

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  • The Grasshopper

    The Grasshopper

    The Grasshopper

    Bernard Suits
    4.15 (362)

    In the mid twentieth century the philosopher ludwig wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "nonsense," says the sensible bernard suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." the short book suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful as it is insightful, as stimulating as it is delightful. suits not only argues that games can be meaningfully defined; he also suggests that playing games is a central part of the ideal of human existence, so games

    Jane McGonigal

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  • The Willpower Instinct

    The Willpower Instinct

    The Willpower Instinct

    Kelly McGonigal
    4.12 (29,750)

    After years of watching her students struggling with their choices, health psychologist kelly mcgonigal, ph.d., realized that much of what people believe about willpower is actually sabotaging their success. committed to sharing what the scientific community already knew about self-control, mcgonigal created a course called "the science of willpower" for stanford university's continuing studies program. the course was an instant hit and spawned the hugely successful psychology today blog with the same name.informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, mcgonigal's book explains

    Jane McGonigal

    the better book on will power is the Willpower Instinct

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