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   The American Dream has always included the idea of satisfying employment and upward mobility, but a new book by Deepak Singh sketches out a less rosy reality.

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This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel

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This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel Flatiron Books – 332 pp - $25.99

   So let’s talk about risk. Is it something you take on, like skydiving? Or something you fend off, with mutual funds and homeowner’s insurance?

   Life – let’s face it – is a risky proposition. But it’s riskier for some people than it is for others.

  Take the transgender population....


BOOKS: The Big Thing – Phyllis Korkki

BOOKS: Book review by Barbara Lloyd McMichaelHow to stick your neck out and accomplish your Big Thing in 2017

The Big Thing – Phyllis Korkki HarperCollins – 256 pp - $26.99

Those of us who make the same New Year’s resolutions every January 1 without ever reaching our goal will find a kindred spirit in Phyllis Korkki – and rekindled hope. 

A business journalist for the New...


Uncle Doad and Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Speakers were set up outside the Bronx church for the overflow mourners at my Uncle Doad’s funeral Mass. They were there because many of them had been kept from starving by the man in the coffin. During the Depression, he bossed a gang that put in the foundations for Rockefeller Center, itself a make-work project besides being a dream of that patrician family. Together the Rockefellers and my uncle saved many families from...


Recalculating: 97+ Experts on Driving Small Business Growth

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Recalculating: 97+ Experts on Driving Small Business Growth – curated by Joann M. Laing

Information Strategies Inc. – 336 pp - $

A business plan is considered a basic building block of any company, but in today’s fast-changing business climate, it’s essential to be nimble, too. With that in mind, the...


Finding destiny in the details

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Finding destiny in the details

Callings – Dave Isay

Penguin Press – 272 pp - $26

   Bookstores have shelves full of motivational books that promise wealth creation, happier lives, and sculpted bodies.

   The truth is, most of these books do contain helpful kernels of wisdom, but it’s hard to ignore the feeling that many...