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Book Mediocre

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  • Author : Ijeoma Oluo
  • Publisher : Seal Press
  • Release : 2021-11-09
  • ISBN : 9781580059527
  • Pages : 336 pages

Download or read book Mediocre written by Ijeoma Oluo and published by Seal Press. This book was released on 2021-11-09 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the author of the smash hit #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, an "illuminating" (New York Times Book Review) history of white male identity in America What happens to a country that tells generations of white men that they deserve power? What happens when their identity is defined by status over women and people of color? Through the last 150 years of American history, Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy. She then envisions a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism. Now with a new preface addressing the harrowing 2021 Capitol attack, Mediocre confronts our founding myths, in hopes that we will write better stories for future generations.

Book Monsieur Mediocre

Download or read book Monsieur Mediocre written by John von Sothen and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2019-05-07 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A hilarious, candid account of what life in France is actually like, from a writer for Vanity Fair and GQ Americans love to love Paris. We buy books about how the French parent, why French women don't get fat, and how to be Parisian wherever you are. While our work hours increase every year, we think longingly of the six weeks of vacation the French enjoy, imagining them at the seaside in stripes with plates of fruits de mer. John von Sothen fell in love with Paris through the stories his mother told of her year spent there as a student. And then, after falling for and marrying a French waitress he met in New York, von Sothen moved to Paris. But fifteen years in, he's finally ready to admit his mother's Paris is mostly a fantasy. In this hilarious and delightful collection of essays, von Sothen walks us through real life in Paris--not only myth-busting our Parisian daydreams but also revealing the inimitable and too often invisible pleasures of family life abroad. Relentlessly funny and full of incisive observations, Monsieur Mediocre is ultimately a love letter to France--to its absurdities, its history, its ideals--but it's a very French love letter: frank, smoky, unsentimental. It is a clear-eyed ode to a beautiful, complex, contradictory country from someone who both eagerly and grudgingly calls it home.

Book Mediocracy

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  • Author : Alain Deneault
  • Publisher : Between the Lines
  • Release : 2018-05-15
  • ISBN : 1771133449
  • Pages : 200 pages

Download or read book Mediocracy written by Alain Deneault and published by Between the Lines. This book was released on 2018-05-15 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: There was no Reichstag fire. No storming of the Bastille. No mutiny on the Aurora. Instead, the mediocre have seized power without firing a single shot. They rose to power on the tide of an economy where workers produce assembly-line meals without knowing how to cook at home, give customers instructions over the phone that they themselves don’t understand, or sell books and newspapers that they never read. Canadian intellectual juggernaut Alain Deneault has taken on all kinds of evildoers: mining companies, tax-dodgers, and corporate criminals. Now he takes on the most menacing threat of all: the mediocre.

Book Mediocre Me

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  • Author : John E Michel
  • Publisher : Morgan James Publishing
  • Release : 2013-03-12
  • ISBN : 1614484406
  • Pages : 259 pages

Download or read book Mediocre Me written by John E Michel and published by Morgan James Publishing. This book was released on 2013-03-12 with total page 259 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It’s certainly easy to understand why mediocrity seems to be the new norm in our country. After all, take a look around. As you read this we find ourselves burdened with immense national debt, polarized political parties, sky high unemployment, and increasing levels of hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. All while our discontent with leaders across all segments of society leaves us scratching our heads and searching our hearts to understand, “how did we end up here?” The more important question, of course, is where do we go from here? And, as importantly, what role will you play? This is where I have some good news to offer. Mediocre Me reminds us the solution to the current mess we're in is already present—“invisible” in plain sight. It’s not found in another government program nor can it be dictated merely by expert opinions. Rather, the answer to our individual and collective challenges is found in the inspiring example of those citizen-leaders in our midst who are hard at work trying to move things solidly forward in their spheres of influence. And, best of all, they are waiting for more of us to join them. Sound frightening? Challenging? Too difficult to pull off, you say? Think again.

Book So You Want to Talk About Race

Download or read book So You Want to Talk About Race written by Ijeoma Oluo and published by Seal Press. This book was released on 2019-09-24 with total page 214 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America Protests against racial injustice and white supremacy have galvanized millions around the world. The stakes for transformative conversations about race could not be higher. Still, the task ahead seems daunting, and it’s hard to know where to start. How do you tell your boss her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law hang up on you when you had questions about police reform? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life. "Simply put: Ijeoma Oluo is a necessary voice and intellectual for these times, and any time, truth be told." ―Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of You Can't Touch My Hair

Book Notes of a Mediocre Man

Download or read book Notes of a Mediocre Man written by Bipin Aurora and published by Guernica Editions Incorporated. This book was released on 2017 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Two brothers come to school and do nothing but tell stories. A young woman works at the Indian Consulate in a major American city. A man goes to a singles dance. An unnamed narrator offers his "notes" on modern-day America. An old Jewish man in a nursing home tells the tale of his daughter. A retired man in India tries to collect his pension. A woman tells the story of her husband's death in partition India. A man goes from interview to interview, hoping for employment. Some stories are fable-like, others more realistic. However, all stories deal, in one way or another, with small, "mediocre" people -- people trying to fit into a world of bigness, applause, success.

Book Mediocre But Arrogant

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  • Author : Abhijit Bhaduri
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2012-02-24
  • ISBN : 9350295164
  • Pages : 328 pages

Download or read book Mediocre But Arrogant written by Abhijit Bhaduri and published by Harper Collins. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A quirky read about a confused MBA waylaid by love and life Three years of college, and Abbey has no answer to the question 'what next?'. Luckily for him, fate, that chancy thing, lands him in an MBA course at a topnotch B-School, the Management Institute of Jamshedpur. At MIJ, Abbey finds his life turned upside down - what with professors like Haathi and Chatto, friends like Rascal Rusty and Pappu, and gorgeous girls like Ayesha and Keya. Will the two years at MIJ bag Abbey a job? Will this be where he finds love? Mediocre But Arrogant is the story of being young in India. It is about the roller coaster that is hostel life, bad grades, chai at the dhaba and, not least, being in love. Read on to know why MBA spells 'mediocre but arrogant'. 'Loaded with humour and narrated at a cracking pace'- The Week 'The authenticity of the dialogues, friends, incidents, phattas, attitudes are the book's heart'- Deccan Herald

Book Confessions of a Mediocre Widow

Download or read book Confessions of a Mediocre Widow written by Catherine Tidd and published by Sourcebooks. This book was released on 2014-01-07 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband's funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song." Confessions of a Mediocre Widow is a roller coaster look at one widow's journey through the odyssey of grief and the many missteps, crying jags, fights, hilarity, pedicures, and lying required to get through it. Catherine Tidd shares the story of what it was to honor her husband, to get her three kids (all under 6) through the day (with perhaps more sugar and television than might have been necessary), and come to terms with his loss, in a way that's real, rough, and honest.

Book I Want My Epidural Back

Download or read book I Want My Epidural Back written by Karen Alpert and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 2016-04-05 with total page 219 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Now that I’m a mom, I know the most painful part isn’t getting something giant through your hooha. It’s having a real live child. If you are the kind of mom who shapes your kiddo’s organic quinoa into reproductions of the Mona Lisa, do not read this book. If you stayed up past midnight to create posters for your PTO presidential campaign, do not read this book. If you look down your nose at parents who have Domino’s pizza on speed dial, do not read this book. But if you are the kind of parent who accidentally goes ballistic on your rugrats every morning because they won’t put their shoes on and then you feel super guilty about it all day so you take them to McDonald’s for a special treat but really it’s because you opened up your freezer and panicked because you forgot to buy more frozen pizzas, then absolutely read this book. I Want My Epidural Back is a celebration of mediocre parents and how awesome they are and how their kids love them just as much as children with perfect parents. Karen Alpert’s honest but hilarious observations, stories, quips and pictures will have you nodding your head and peeing in your pants. Or on the toilet if you’re smart and read it there.

Book Moving Past Mediocre

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  • Author : Nick Matiash
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2019-05-24
  • ISBN : 9781733024617
  • Pages : 224 pages

Download or read book Moving Past Mediocre written by Nick Matiash and published by . This book was released on 2019-05-24 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: You wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, or even the President of the United States. When you were a kid your mind ran wild with imagination, daydreaming about all that you would accomplish and how amazing life would be. But at some point, the large life that you felt destined to live simply shrunk. It's been minimized by experiences that have left you jaded, limitations that you've perceived, and people around you telling you to, "be realistic." The sky that you once thought to be the limit has been replaced by a painfully claustrophobic ceiling. There's more life to be lived, and there's a part of you that knows it. Whether it be in life, love, health or business...you feel like you're missing something. Like you overslept on the day they were handing out all the rules to success and fulfillment and missed your chance to grab a copy. You feel trapped by a life that you didn't sign up for, and crave the wide open space of possibility and potential that a younger you once knew. This book is the guide that will open your world back up and allow you to truly live life on your terms. In these pages you will find: - The unseen patterns of your mind that have caused you to run in place for years. - The foolproof methods to bring those patterns into the light and have your way with them. - A way to navigate your life with awareness once you've uncovered the obstacles that previously stood in your way. You weren't given a pulse and a heartbeat to waste on a life that you merely exist in. You are here to smile big, laugh loud, and love hard. You are here to make a lot of money with your natural set of gifts. You are here to create something that you are left in awe of. This book is the pathway to all of that. This book is the key that will unlock your mind to what's possible. This book is for people who accidentally stumbled into a mediocre life-and are ready to move past it. "I was sort of anti-coaching because I thought it was a little fluffy, but I'd been following Nick for awhile and felt called to give him a shot. Long story short: my business has doubled TWICE in the last 6 months. He's legit!" -Dave "In working with Nick I've become more present with my daughters, coming home from work less stressed and not worried about doing everything under the sun, and frankly, my wife loves who I've become. Working with Nick has been absolutely life changing." -Keegan

Book It s Great to Suck at Something

Download or read book It s Great to Suck at Something written by Karen Rinaldi and published by Atria Books. This book was released on 2019-05-07 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Discover how the freedom of sucking at something can help you build resilience, embrace imperfection, and find joy in the pursuit rather than the goal. What if the secret to resilience and joy is the one thing we’ve been taught to avoid? When was the last time you tried something new? Something that won’t make you more productive, make you more money, or check anything off your to-do list? Something you’re really, really bad at, but that brought you joy? Odds are, not recently. As a sh*tty surfer and all-around-imperfect human Karen Rinaldi explains in this eye-opening book, we live in a time of aspirational psychoses. We humblebrag about how hard we work and we prioritize productivity over play. Even kids don’t play for the sake of playing anymore: they’re building blocks to build the ideal college application. But we’re all being had. We’re told to be the best or nothing at all. We’re trapped in an epic and farcical quest for perfection. We judge others on stuff we can’t even begin to master, and it’s all making us more anxious and depressed than ever. Worse, we’re not improving on what really matters. This book provides the antidote. (It’s Great to) Suck at Something reveals that the key to a richer, more fulfilling life is finding something to suck at. Drawing on her personal experience sucking at surfing (a sport she’s dedicated nearly two decades of her life to doing without ever coming close to getting good at it) along with philosophy, literature, and the latest science, Rinaldi explores sucking as a lost art we must reclaim for our health and our sanity and helps us find the way to our own riotous suck-ability. She draws from sources as diverse as Anthony Bourdain and surfing luminary Jaimal Yogis, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among many others, and explains the marvelous things that happen to our mammalian brains when we try something new, all to discover what she’s learned firsthand: it is great to suck at something. Sucking at something rewires our brain in positive ways, helps us cultivate grit, and inspires us to find joy in the process, without obsessing about the destination. Ultimately, it gives you freedom: the freedom to suck without caring is revelatory. Coupling honest, hilarious storytelling with unexpected insights, (It’s Great to) Suck at Something is an invitation to embrace our shortcomings as the very best of who we are and to open ourselves up to adventure, where we may not find what we thought we were looking for, but something way more important.

Book Good Enough

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  • Author : Daniel S. Milo
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2019
  • ISBN : 0674504623
  • Pages : 321 pages

Download or read book Good Enough written by Daniel S. Milo and published by . This book was released on 2019 with total page 321 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Philosopher Daniel Milo offers a vigorous critique of the quasi-monopoly that Darwin's natural selection has on our idea of the natural world. In popular thought, Darwinism has even acquired the trappings of an ethical system, focused on optimization, competition, and innovation. Yet in nature, imperfect creatures often have the evolutionary edge.

Book Ordinary

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  • Author : Michael Horton
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Release : 2014-10-07
  • ISBN : 0310517389
  • Pages : 193 pages

Download or read book Ordinary written by Michael Horton and published by Zondervan. This book was released on 2014-10-07 with total page 193 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a “next-best-thing,” if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom—the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be “ordinary.” Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace. Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.

Book Mediocre

Download or read book Mediocre written by Julie McCulloch Burton and published by iUniverse. This book was released on 2013-02 with total page 205 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Drawing on a lifetime of experiences, author Julie McCulloch Burton shares a compilation of short stories and vignettes that reflect her self-deprecating sense of humor and her positive outlook on life, turning ordinary moments into meaningful lessons. Including personal photographs of a wide range of subjects-food, flowers, animals, people, landscapes, seasons, studies in lines, and studies in water movement-Mediocre also presents a varied collection of writings, many of which originated as e-mails to family and friends. Burton offers narratives relaying the realities and absurdities of humorous, everyday situations; accounts of what it's like to live with multiple sclerosis; favorite family recipes; philosophical thoughts; poetry; and reflections on moments in life when you wish you had thought things through just a little bit more. In Mediocre, Burton provides enlightenment about an ailment that does not define her, entertains with the humor that does, and teaches that the object of this game is not only to do your best on your best day, but also to do your best on your worst day.

Book The Last Slave Ship

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  • Author : Ben Raines
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2023-01-24
  • ISBN : 1982136154
  • Pages : 304 pages

Download or read book The Last Slave Ship written by Ben Raines and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2023-01-24 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The “enlightening” (The Guardian) true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors’ founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains. Fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed, the Clotilda became the last ship in history to bring enslaved Africans to the United States. The ship was scuttled and burned on arrival to hide the wealthy perpetrators to escape prosecution. Despite numerous efforts to find the sunken wreck, Clotilda remained hidden for the next 160 years. But in 2019, journalist Ben Raines made international news when he successfully concluded his obsessive quest through the swamps of Alabama to uncover one of our nation’s most important historical artifacts. Traveling from Alabama to the ancient African kingdom of Dahomey in modern-day Benin, Raines recounts the ship’s perilous journey, the story of its rediscovery, and its complex legacy. Against all odds, Africatown, the Alabama community founded by the captives of the Clotilda, prospered in the Jim Crow South. Zora Neale Hurston visited in 1927 to interview Cudjo Lewis, telling the story of his enslavement in the New York Times bestseller Barracoon. And yet the haunting memory of bondage has been passed on through generations. Clotilda is a ghost haunting three communities—the descendants of those transported into slavery, the descendants of their fellow Africans who sold them, and the descendants of their fellow American enslavers. This connection binds these groups together to this day. At the turn of the century, descendants of the captain who financed the Clotilda’s journey lived nearby—where, as significant players in the local real estate market, they disenfranchised and impoverished residents of Africatown. From these parallel stories emerges a profound depiction of America as it struggles to grapple with the traumatic past of slavery and the ways in which racial oppression continues to this day. And yet, at its heart, The Last Slave Ship remains optimistic—an epic tale of one community’s triumphs over great adversity and a celebration of the power of human curiosity to uncover the truth about our past and heal its wounds.

Book Living Above the Level of Mediocrity

Download or read book Living Above the Level of Mediocrity written by Charles R. Swindoll and published by . This book was released on 2002-07 with total page 188 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book The Shoe on the Roof

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  • Author : Will Ferguson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2017-10-17
  • ISBN : 1501173553
  • Pages : 384 pages

Download or read book The Shoe on the Roof written by Will Ferguson and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2017-10-17 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Imagine...meeting someone with the same name, the same history, the same family, the same identity as you. Now, imagine meeting another person making the same exact claim. What would that do to you? From the Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong. Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass. But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind. The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.