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Here’s What’s Loaded on our Kindles for 2019

What’s On Tap for 2019

Here @ Mettacite we’re avid readers and music buffs. While Terry and Phil are both fantastic musicians and perform locally here in Chicago, I just show up to listen.

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This book has been on my shelf since I saw Steve Case present in October 2017. I’m hoping to validate my own confirmation bias… that with the Internet touching nearly ever aspect of our lives and businesses, the need for soft skills of relationship building will be much sought after and a key differentiator for successful entrepreneurs.

A recent read worth mentioning:

I picked this up for travel reading during the holidays. I’m thrilled- Megan Stielstra is a local Chicago-based author and performer. I’m hoping I can track her down and here her perform this year.

A raw, honest and very poignant collection of personal essays by a Chicago author and performer. This is one of those books that you pick up and are instantly entertained and then… socked in the gut with some pressing questions about the things we take we often take for granted. If you want to laugh and think, pick this up.


The title of his 2005 memoir/commentary: Our Culture. What’s Left of It. This book resonates with me, probably because I have two daughters in their 20s.

I had long been a fan of Dalrymple (Daniels), a columnist/editor/frequent contributor to City Journal, The National Review, New Criterion and others. Daniels worked for many years as a physician to the poorest of the poor in what is now Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, etc., and ultimately in the London prison system as a consultant psychiatrist. If the conclusions he draws are uncomfortable, they are exceptionally well informed.

Phil: Two books stand out for me.

Both are superbly and thoughtfully well written. More important, each book provides a fresh look at an old subject and with this, the opportunity to shift attitudes in a way that can alter one's life.

Gawande brings a fresh and uplifting look at our mortality and takes a subject that most Americans simply avoid. It is a must read book.

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Pollan deserves great credit for taking on a topic that has so much political, legislative and social baggage - psychedelics and how they have and will continue to positively effect consciousness, society and psychiatry. Similarly, this book is a must read.

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