With summer arriving, quarantines lightening but still in place for many parts of The States, entertainment is what we are all searching for. Some have taken this time to be one of searching for ways to better themselves and increase their skills, while others are searching for an escape from the stressors of reality. For this reason, and to give you a list of choices for your beach book (if your beaches are open), Moore Staffing has compiled a list of books we love. Some nonfiction and others fiction, all have contributed to developing our sense of self and the values we uphold here at Moore Staffing Services.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
“I love reading Henry David Thoreau’s books. Especially Walden. I love his writing style, it’s good to reflect on what’s happening around us and learn something out those events.” – Moniroth Siek, Talent Specialist.
From the back cover
In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond. With the intention of immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life, Thoreau sustained his retreat for just over two years. More popular than ever, “Walden” is a paean to the virtues of simplicity and self-sufficiency.
Favorite Quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie
“This book is great, I’ve read it multiple times. ” – Marta Maldonado, Staffing Manager
From the back cover
You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you! Simon & Schuster Audio is proud to present one of the best-selling books of all time, Dale Carnegie’s perennial classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, presented here in its entirety. For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. With this truly phenomenal audiobook, learn: The six ways to make people like you The twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment And much, much more! There is room at the top, when you know…How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Favorite Quote: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaffron
“I love these books for their poetic nature and life lessons that are subtly woven throughout their mystery plot line. In Shadow of the Wind, it is often making the most of opportunities, which is what I aim to do with every day I am given. I have not been able to put these books down and I highly recommend the series” -Krista Camacho, Marketing Specialist
From the back cover
“Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show.”—The New York Times Book Review A New York Times Bestseller Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. “ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post “Wondrous… masterful… The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.”—Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice) “One gorgeous read.”—Stephen King
Favorite Quote: “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill
“This book pushes the turn for self reflection. It has reminded me that growth has to be inevitable and that many are affected by our actions more than we believe.” -John Inangelo, Staffing Manager
From the back cover
“By common consent, Long Day’s Journey into Night is Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece. . . . The helplessness of family love to sustain, let alone heal, the wounds of marriage, of parenthood, and of sonship, have never been so remorselessly and so pathetically portrayed, and with a force of gesture too painful ever to be forgotten by any of us.”—Harold Bloom, from the foreword “Only an artist of O’Neill’s extraordinary skill and perception can draw the curtain on the secrets of his own family to make you peer into your own. Long Day’s Journey into Night is the most remarkable achievement of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.”—Jose Quintero “The play is an invaluable key to its author’s creative evolution. It serves as the Rosetta Stone of O’Neill’s life and art.”—Barbara Gelb “The definitive edition of a ‘play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood,’ as O’Neill described it in dedicating it to his wife, Carlotta.”—Boston Globe
Favorite Quote: “But I suppose life has made him like that, and he can’t help it. None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.”
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
“This book was actually recommended to me by a friend and since I have become addicted to Gladwell’s writing. Malcolm Gladwell has always written intoxicating psychological nonfiction texts explaining what seems like natural phenomena. The Tipping Point specifically is a marketers dream. Understanding just a few small points covered in this book changes the way we can view “viral”. I’ve listened to this audiobook many times and still am able to be enlightened by the knowledged passed through this text. ” – Krista Camacho, Marketing Specialist
From the back cover
The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.
Favorite Quote: “Emotion goes inside-out. Emotional contagion, though, suggests that the opposite is also true. If I can make you smile, I can make you happy. If I can make you frown, I can make you sad. Emotion, in this sense, goes outside-in.”
The Wisdom of Walt by Jeffrey A. Barnes
“This is a favorite business book about lessons in leadership” – Beth Morrow, Business Development Manager
From the back cover
Put Walt to Work for You How do you go from dreaming of a theme park to building one? Walt Disney laid the blueprint. Learn how he did it, and how his wisdom can guide you toward achieving the things that you dream of. The experts told Walt it’d never work. A giant theme park, where parents and children could play together? Crazy! So Walt put all of his money into this crazy dream of his. He put his reputation on the line. Anyone else would have quit, discouraged and disillusioned, but Walt built Disneyland. How did he go from dreaming to doing? And how can you do the same, no matter what your goal? In The Wisdom of Walt, Professor Jeffrey Barnes distills Walt Disney’s vision, his knowledge, and his methods into a series of actionable lessons. Through historical vignettes about Disneyland, as well as plentiful examples and exercises, Barnes creates a framework through which you can apply Walt’s wisdom to improve your career, your company, and your life. Learn to: Listen to your “Walter ego” and start trusting yourself. Go “beyond the berm” with the secrets of Disneyland’s success. Make a “Main Street impression” on everyone you meet. Create “E-ticket experiences” that keep them coming back for more. WITH THE WISDOM OF WALT, YOUR SUCCESS IS JUST A DREAM AWAY!
Favorite Quote: “Get out of your head and into the world”
I to Myself by Henry David Thoreau
“I to Myself by Henry David Thoreau is a great read. Like I said before, I love his writing style, and it’s good to reflect on what’s happening around us. This book definitely makes me look inward and how many events affect my thinking” – Moniroth Siek, Talent Specialist.
From the back cover
It was his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, another inveterate journal keeper, who urged Thoreau to keep a record of his thoughts and observations. Begun in 1837, Thoreau’s journal spans a period of twenty-five years and runs to more than two million words, coming to a halt only in 1861, shortly before the author’s death. The handwritten journal had somewhat humble origins, but as it grew in scope and ambition it came to function as a record of Thoreau’s interior life as well as the source for his books and essays. Indeed, it became the central concern of the author’s literary life. Critics now recognize Thoreau’s journal as an important artistic achievement in its own right. Making selections from the entirety of the journal, Cramer presents all aspects of Thoreau: writer, thinker, naturalist, social reformer, neighbor, friend. No other single-volume edition offers such a full picture of Thoreau’s life and work. Cramer’s annotations add to the reader’s enjoyment and understanding. He provides notes on the biographical, historical, and geographical contexts of Thoreau’s life. The relation between Journal passages and the texts of works published in the author’s lifetime receive special emphasis. A companion to Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, this gift edition of the Journal will be dipped into and treasured, and it makes a welcome addition to any book lover’s library.
Favorite Quote: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wrecker
“This book was beautifully done; showing a clash of cultures painted among the New York immigration scene. This book has shown me perseverance and the quality in both knowing who you are and defying the expectations that come along with it. ” – Krista Camacho, Marketing Specialist.
From the back cover
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soulmates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
Favorite Quote: “And perhaps the humans did create their God. But does that make him less real? Take this arch. They created it. Now it exists.”
“Educated pushes the boundaries of our thinking for what our world is like, especially in terms of education. May we never take it for granted. ” – Carol Merrow, Staffing Manager.
From the back cover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge UniversityBorn to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review
Favorite Quote: “You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.”
The Holy Bible
I always have The Bible at my bedside. Full of numerous parts, I am able to learn from each section different lessons and values. – Mike Moore, President
The Bible is a collection of books that the Catholic church believes are the inspired words of God. God chose certain men to write these books under the direction of the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all mankind. The Bible is like a library of books that were written over the course of a thousand years, from about 950 B.C to 100 A.D. It is the most important book that has ever been written in the history of mankind. The Bible is considered sacred literature because it is the unique revelation of God, is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and it describes God’s plan for our salvation and eternal life. It centers entirely on Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate and the Savior of the world.
Favorite Quote: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
As mentioned in Continuing Education and The Resources to Do It, books have increased the productivity of people so much, there are actual statistics exemplifying the relationship between reading and being a billionaire. Here at Moore Staffing, we understand the value of continuing knowledge and just how important books have been throughout human existence. While these are just a few of our favorites, we highly recommend them if not only for entertainment. Let us know which books you recommend and why below! We would love some additions to our list.
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