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Andrew Gutmann's "How to Be an Investment Banker: Recruiting, Interviewing, and Landing the Job," should be required reading for every student aspiring to work at a bulge bracket firm. The opening chapter provides a no-holds-barred look at what life is like for the young hopefuls (as my Dad used to call them) starting at the lower rungs of IB food-chain (i.e.Analyst/Associate). Spoiler alert: "Junior bankers are commodities," "only the work matters," "the firm owns you," and "everything is life or death." The author's words. While Chapters 2-8 provide a useful overview of topics ranging from Accounting, Financial Modeling, and Leveraged Buy Outs, the average business student or MBA might find these sections somewhat repetitive. Besides the first chapter, the real gold is Chapter 9: Recruiting, Interviewing, and Landing the Job. Guttmann takes you step-by-step through the recruitment process from overlooked items like common resume/cover letter mistakes to how to nail those tough interview questions.




Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks, Vintage Canada 2008, This tales of music and the brain is riveting reading about one of our favorite subjects – music and its impact on emotion, memory, healing. He effortlessly weaves through complexities of neuro science in relationship to music. The book is filled with revelations and discovery vis a vis the  power of music on all things human.

The Florist's Daughter, Patrica Hampl, Harcourt 2007
A memoir that is bittersweet with thwarted bonds between parents and adult children - touched with elegance in a sea of heartbreak. Losing someone is difficult but goodbyes - especially those protracted ones that involve difficult people - offer a unique passage.  This is an unflinging view of those sorts of goodbyes - still funny, still sad, and mostly, incredibly good writing and fine reading.

Eat, Pray, Love – Emily Gilbert, a non fiction tale that reads like fiction, soon to be a movie with Julia Roberts, this is a book, for anyone who traveled far and wide only to find themselves, safe and sound in their own soul. Funny and real and simply, a great read you won’t put down.

Making A Literary Life (Carolyn See, Random House)
For writers, non-writers, and dreamers. Inspiring and wonderfully accessible.

An Unfinished Marriage (Joan Anderson, Broadway Books)
The sequel to An Unfinished Woman. This is a sometimes painful portrait of a marriage in transition. It examines the difficulty in seeking to be an individual in a marriage. It will make you wonder what it is indeed all about.

I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron, Knopf 2006
Ok, it took 45 minutes to read but that is because I am a fast reader and Nora Ephron writes so well you tend to gobble the words down fast. This is funny and takes off where Heartburn, and Crazy Salad left off – but with maturity, cleaner writing yet, and funnier topics. Ephron has matured, as have we, those who love her work, and the wit here is more succinct and tempered with a kind view, despite the wit, of growing older. The prolific screenplayer writer (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle) doesn’t paint a rosy picture about aging but you will chuckle in recognition and wry acceptance, it doesn’t matter. I always new Nora Ephon liked cooking but this book tells even more about her affection and fascination with food. Great girlfriend book, great holiday gift – better than the title suggests

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