December 19, 2007

News & Opinion: Last Minute Book Gift Idea

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If you are looking for a last minute gift idea and you think a book might work, I have two ideas for you.

The first is This I Believe. Released last August, the book is a compilation of the NPR project by the same name. Edward R. Murrow in the 1950's went out and asked people, famous and everyday, to write a short essay about their core values. The series was revived in the last few years using the same process. I read the book cover to cover over the holidays last year. I found the writing powerful and moving. I highly recommend it. A paperback version is available now for $14.

The second is a parallel and equally interesting book called Listening Is an Act of Love. This is the bound version of selected works accumulated by Story Corps, a non-profit initiative to capture oral history in America. A person brings a partner to one of Story Corps' stations and records a 40 minute interview. The partners are given a copy of the interview and a second copy is sent to and stored at the Library of Congress. Taking spoken word and presenting it in a written form is challenging, but I like the stories and sentiments shared. You might buy the audiobook in this case to hear the stories from the original people.

If you need them for next week, I would recommend a visit your local bookshop.

P.S. For all the locals, there is a Story Corps outpost in Milwaukee.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.