Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm--From Scratch

By Lucie B. Amundsen
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Rated by Helen H.
Dec 19, 2016

When Jason Amundsen drops an egg farm bomb on his wife Lucie, she understandably balks at the idea. He’s already dragged her from city to city chasing his supposed dreams, but those dreams at least came with health benefits. This one? It’s too much, and Lucie successfully puts the kibosh on the idea. Until Jason gets laid off.

He gets laid off, and this silly dream of his won’t die. The rest of the story is of Lucie, Jason, and their two children, Abbie and Milo, all walking the tightrope between family and farm. Lucie must hold her home, husband, and children close to her heart, while the

Yes Please

By Amy Poehler

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Aug 23, 2015

Yes Please gives readers insight into the crazy, hilarious, sweet and caring mind and life of Amy Poehler. She discusses everything from the day she was born, to the first time she realized she wanted to be an actress, to learning improv in Chicago. She talks at length about the hysterical workings of Saturday Night Live and how much she thoroughly enjoyed herself and working with her fabulous co-workers. Toward the end of the book she describes how wonderful her experience was working on Parks and Recreation and gives little anecdotes about each one of her colleagues and includes information

So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

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Oct 9, 2012

Did you have a clear passion that could easily be translated into real, money-making work as a child or teenager?  Do you even have that kind of defined, this is my calling passion now?  Most of us don’t.  And hobbies don’t count (unless they make you a living).  Cal Newport, in his newest book So Good They Can't Ignore You, argues that passion does not come first, despite all of the career related advice that encourages people to find their passion before committing to a career.

Newport argues any job can produce the kind of satisfaction and fulfillment we often think can only come from the

Shop Class as Soul Craft by Michael Crawford

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Jan 19, 2011

The author chucked a lucrative professional career (he was head of an international NGO at the time) as he began to feel increasingly isolated from whatever it was his efforts were supposed to be producing.  He knew the organization was important, and he understood that it accomplished valuable goals.  But his sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in a job well done was diminishing.  So he chose to pursue a more satisfying occupation - repairing motorcycles.

Shop Class as Soul Craft is his manifesto on the humanity of labor, the essential value of learning by doing, of mastering through