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Are expanding suburbs not the way the US housing market is headed? Is a tighter-knit community that involves less driving the way we want to go? Leigh Gallagher goes over these topics in her book The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving. A review on the back of the book is by Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of Zillow, and he says that Leigh predicts a housing setup in the US “where the conveniences of the urban lifestyle rewire our understanding of the American Dream. You’ll never look at a cul-de-sac the same way again…”
One of the first points I took note of was in the second chapter entitled “The Master-Planned American Dream”, where the author shared a bit of information said by an individual named Charles Marohn. “The amount of tax revenue [the suburbs] generates, he says, doesn’t come close to paying for the cost of maintaining the vast and costly infrastructure systems, so the only way to keep the machine going is to keep adding and growing.” Suburban development does not yield much income to the local city. It is a setup that involves all the pipes and plumping and infrastructure having been set up, and costs expended by developers, but requires taxes and city growth to cover such expenses. When tax revenue is low due to low suburban densities, and the growth has diminished in recent years, the city no longer has the fitting amount of money coming in, and has to take on more debt.
Eldon Taylor’s book Choices and Illusions “…tells the story of one man’s journey into the workings of the human mind and our reason for being.” As listed on his biography, Eldon is an award winning, New York Times best selling author of over 300 books, and audio and video programs.
What did I like about this book? Eldon responds to what I see as some relevant societal issues by presenting a higher-level understanding of the issue. He discusses the basis behind some of our thoughts and why we act a certain way. He breaks down issues like anger into the fear that the anger comes from. It takes someone with a bit of perspective to speak with such a tone. You have to step back to be able the present an issue without some sense of bias or lack of understanding.
Clearly, Jen Sincero’s book entitled You Are A Badass was calling me out when I saw it in person. After reading and reviewing it, I come to you, the reader, with an interview with the author. The book’s tagline is “How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life”, and Jen accomplishes this goal by providing suggestions, examples, and explanations to help you work with your abilities. I certainly enjoyed reading the book, and have had many of the same thoughts that Jen described having, so it was a fitting book for me to read.
As far as Jen’s public description, she is a bestselling author and success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her private sessions, public appearances, newsletters, products and books. She’s spoken on stages all over the world and has coached full-on super heroes, helping her clients build their dream businesses, become NY Times Bestselling authors, navigate million dollar business deals, find their soul mates and forgive their bitchy mothers who they now realize were doing the best they could. Her other books include the semi-autobiographical novel, Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer, and the National Bestseller,The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping With Chicks. Jen’s work has been featured in media outlets all over the world, including Interview Magazine, The Howard Stern Show, Allure, Comedy Central’s “Musical Shorts,” German Cosmo, Bust, Playboy Magazine/TV, The Village Voice, The NY Post and the LA Times.