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10 New Things I learned about Steve Jobs in this Biography

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Steve Jobs was a very complex person, charming and seductive when he wanted to be, manipulative and scathing when he didn’t get his wishes. Tim Cook, the current CEO, described him as passionate, which is true. But Isaacson also shed light on the costs of his obsessions and creativity, which is not always equivalent to a loss of millions of dollars, but sometimes, good relationships with co-workers and friends and wives, daughters, and children.

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Gone With The Wind

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Scarlett O’Hara is a very passionate character. She married a stranger to seek revenge against her ideal lover, Ashley Wilkes, who loved another woman. She ruined her hands and hurt her back from bending too much to pick cotton that she might sell for food. When Rhett Butler was too casual or glib, she lied about her true feelings for him.

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Cold Mountain

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Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain is a story about a soldier, Inman, who after recovering from his war wound, goes on a perilous journey home to be reunited with his love, Ada Monroe. It’s a beautifully written novel, full of description of America that may no longer exist today. Frazier painted a landscape that breathes life simply because the hero, Inman, chose to interact with any animal or person he met on his journey, never mind if sometimes, he regretted getting involved.

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The Man in the Arena

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds;

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Don’t steal sweet rolls

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I’ve started reading Anna Karenina again, after reading about 300 pages (out of 817) two or three years ago. I knew from the start that I wasn’t ready for it. You don’t just wake up one day and decide that you wish to explore infidelity and its consequences.

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Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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A writer whom no one reads might evoke some sympathy.

But a writer whom no one reads, but whose books cause enough hatred that all existing copies must be burned is a promising and interesting start of a narrative. Combined with diverting characters and their melodramas and an atmosphere that immediately reminds one of ghost stories, Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind is an entertaining read.

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Instructions on how to gain everything from Rudyard Kipling

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

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Jane Eyre

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The story of Jane Eyre begins like a fairy tale.

A girl orphaned since birth is cast away by surviving kin and is sent to a school that is more like a prison for the obscure and unwanted. In there, she is nearly starved, always freezing, and bored to death with religious rituals, but Jane finds some comfort in the company of fellow student, the believer of endurance, the stoic, Helen.

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