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and it shows. The sheer number of topics
is impressive in its own right. They include
activism, politics, and the law; youth,
education, sex, bisexuality, transgender individuals, health and aging, and marriage
and family; violence, media, public opinion,
religion, sports, and the workplace. Space
restrictions prevent discussing the contents
in-depth, but let us consider a few of these
fascinating statistics. It should be no surprise that Provincetown, Massachusetts, has
the highest number of same-sex couples,
but who knew that Washington, D.C.,
on television was in the 1975 series Hot L
Baltimore. The most successful commercial
film with LGBTQ themes? That would be
Birdcage (1996). But perhaps the biggest
news is the overall positive shift in public
opinion toward LGBTQ Americans. An important and indispensable research tool for
every library collection. —June Sawyers
A Man for All Markets: From Las
Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat
the Dealer and the Market.
By Edward O. Thorp.
Jan. 2017. 416p. Random, $30 (9781400067961).
Meet Edward Thorp: math professor,
inventor, best-selling author, hedge-fund
manager, gambler. And, if
this autobiography is typical of his writing skill, a
masterful storyteller. A
math prodigy, Thorp was a
ravenous student, learning
as much about anything
that interested him as he
could, doing advanced
math and conducting scientific experiments
that were years beyond his chronological
age. After earning his PhD in mathematics,
he began a career as a university professor;
at the same time, though, he was working
on ways to create a scientific method of winning at blackjack—not out of avarice but
because it was a challenge (although he did
win large sums of money at the blackjack
table). He has also made a lot of money in
the stock and securities markets. He’s the
kind of guy you might expect to spend his
autobiography telling us how awesome he is,
and, while he isn’t exactly modest, he comes
across as an immensely likable man who figured out what he was good at and has spent
his life doing it. Readers who like to read
the life stories of ambitious, creative, and
successful people with fascinating stories to
tell should be steered in this book’s direction. —David Pitt
Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your
Way to Happiness.
By Anna Akbari.
Dec. 2016. 240p. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9781250099167).
A startup company demands flexibility,
hustle, passion, and experimentation, as does
a successful life, according to entrepreneur
and psychologist Akbari. Her book is aimed
at young professionals in between college and
family life who are scrambling to find happiness, success, identity, and purpose. Each
chapter uses a startup (often Silicon Valley) success story and Akbari’s experiences to explore a
theme (e.g., becoming a prototype, unlearning old lessons, maintaining a virtual persona,
finding a partner, learning to pivot, when to
exit, etc.). Some of Akbari’s suggestions are
techy and unconventional (e.g., experimenting
with images and preferences using a second-life
avatar, dressing up for role-playing), but her
advice also includes inspiring, commonsense
commands, such as “Hustle trumps pedigree.
Get moving” and “Always. Be. Changing,” that
encourage readers to take a chance in the real
world. Each chapter concludes with a “Scrum
Master Cheat Sheet” that recaps the concepts
and “Lazy Lowdown, Top Ten Chapter Takeaways” that sum it up in 10 short sentences.
Akbari has created self-help for the millennials.
Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster
By Joi Ito and Jeff Howe.
Dec. 2016. 288p. Grand Central, $28 (9781455544592).
Ito and Howe, affiliates of the MIT Media
Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
describe nine core principles that are rapidly
disrupting, shifting, and opening the world in
a new direction of innovation. The principles,
such as risks, diversity, and systems, derive from
the collision of two important revolutions:
communications and technology. Fittingly,
each chapter moves quickly and offers compel-
ling examples of how these trends challenge
conventional approaches to facilitating and
incubating creativity and productivity. From
Bitcoin to Kickstarter, the book is filled with
a variety of case studies, personal narratives,
philosophical commentaries, and histories
which make up Ito and Howe’s core themes.
With them, the authors explore where soci-
ety is heading and how to make sense of these
swift technological developments. Also cited
are experiments and creative reflections from
the MIT Media Lab which position how these
principles can be applied in society. Readers
interested in technology, science history, fu-
turism, innovation, and entrepreneurship will
find this book to be very fascinating, thought
provoking, and focused. —Raymond Pun
The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to
Getting Better Work, Taking More Time
Off, and Financing the Life You Want!
By Diane Mulcahy.
Nov. 2016. 240p. AMACOM, $22 (9780814437339).
Mulcahy is a popular educator, entrepreneur, and senior fellow at the Kauffman
Foundation. She is regularly featured in
national media, and her course “
Entrepreneurship and the Gig Economy” was named
by Forbes as one of the top 10 most innovative business-school classes in the country.
She describes her book as a tool kit that not
only defines what the gig economy includes
(“consulting and contractor arrangements,
part-time jobs, temp assignments, freelancing, self-employment, side gigs, and
on-demand work with companies like Up-work and Task Rabbit”) but how to succeed
in it. By dividing the book into three sections— “Getting Better Work,” “Taking
More Time Off,” and “Financing the Life
You Want”—she gives the reader an inroad to
life-changing choices that most people want
to experience but are afraid to approach. The
book is filled with helpful step-by-step instructions, sound examples of good and bad
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Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and
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The Occult, Witchcraft, and Magic: An Illustrated History. By Christopher Dell. p. 4
Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American
Life. By Frank J. Smith. p. 20
The Spanish Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia. Ed. by H. Michael Tarver and Emily
Slape. p. 13
This is Who We Were: In the 1980s. By Scott Derks. p. 8
World War II: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Ed. by Spencer
C. Tucker and Priscilla Roberts. p. 13