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America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, M.D - A 15-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 17, 2014
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America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, M.D - A 15-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, M.D - A 15-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary:Overview of the entire bookIntroduction to the important people in the bookSummary and analysis of all the chapters in the bookKey Takeaways of the bookA Reader's Perspective Preview of the earlier chapters: Chapter 1 Carson grew up in Detroit and Boston when the civil rights movement was changing the social landscape. He was aware of racism all around him. Carson belonged to a segment of the population that was often deprived of opportunities. Rather than cause him to stop fighting, racism inspired him to prove his worth by excelling in school. America was built on a legacy of rebellion. Early Americans fought for change at great personal risk. The Founding Fathers understood injustices that existed in the world and strove to design a government that would level the playing field. However, Americans appear to have lost the ability to endure hardship and to sacrifice for future generations. America’s current state, its growing debt, excessive spending, and elected leaders who ignore the will of the people, closely resembles the circumstances preceding the American Revolution. During that time, colonists were forced to rebel against extreme taxation and threats to the freedoms they enjoyed in the New World. However, modern Americans seem to have forgotten what their Founding Fathers sacrificed for the privileges they continue to enjoy...

The Vacationers by Emma Straub - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 21, 2014
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The Vacationers by Emma Straub - A 30-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. The Vacationers by Emma Straub - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapter 1 Jim, his wife, Franny, and his daughter, Sylvia, are all packing their bags to go on vacation in Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Jim has recently retired and is unsure what to do with his free time. Sylvia is happy to be leaving Manhattan. She will be attending Brown University next year. Jim likes to run or walk every day, so today he walks around Terminal 7. Jim also has a son, Bobby, who lives in Florida. Bobby has a girlfriend named Carmen. Bobby, Carmen, and Franny's friend, Charles and his husband, Lawrence, will meet them in Mallorca. The Posts rented a house outside of Palma from a woman named Gemma. On the plane ride, Franny and Jim sit in business class on the plane while Sylvia sits in coach because Franny does not believe children or teenagers should sit in business class. During the flight, Jim walks back to Sylvia. Sylvia covers up the notebook she is writing in. In the notebook, Sylvia has written a list of things she wants to do before she goes to college. Last on the list is losing her virginity. Chapter 2 On the plane, there is a biker gang that makes a lot noise by shouting obscenities at each other. Jim shows interest in them and interest in buying a motorcycle, but Franny finds them annoying. They land in Palma. Franny reflects on how she considers it a major accomplishment that her two children like each other, even though there is a ten year age difference between them. The Posts go into the rented house and explore all of the rooms. Jim reflects on the loss of his job and how Franny has been tense and angry lately. Franny is good at being friendly in public, but always finds fault in Jim. Jim and Sylvia fall asleep in their own beds. Franny goes to the local market to buy food for dinner. Franny thinks about Jim’s retirement and becomes angry when she admits to herself that he did not stop working for the same reasons most men do. Franny has a compulsive eating problem. She does not see it as a problem, however, as compared to those who take illegal drugs. Sylvia wakes up and takes a shower...

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey - A 15-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 16, 2014
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What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey - A 15-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey - A 15-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary:Chapter 1 Amid everyday stresses, Winfrey learned to savor the peak experiences that make life worth living, which she calls ‘ahhh’ moments. Her first principle of joy is that, whether working or playing, people should delight in what they do and live in the moment. To illustrate this, Winfrey relates how terrified she was when singer, Tina Turner, invited her to be a backup dancer for a show. She feared embarrassing herself, yet went up on the stage and found joy in dancing. Second, Winfrey has come to understand, despite her lifelong weight problems, food still should be a source of joy, as when she and her friends shared a memorable dinner at a trattoria in Rome. People who love chocolate, as she does, need not ban it from their lives, but instead eat small amounts and savor every moment of it. Finally, Winfrey learned to delight in her friends, such as her beloved, best friend, Gayle King, and her diet guru, Bob Greene. King, whom Winfrey met in 1976, both keeps her grounded and cheers her on. Greene guides her on the path of eating foods that are right for both her body and her spirit…

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner - A 15-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 21, 2014
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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner - A 15-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner - A 15-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary:Chapter 1 Allison’s five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is difficult to manage. Allison’s husband, Dave, is a writer whose career has stalled. Allison writes a popular blog and is the primary wage-earner in the family. There is friction and stress in their marriage. To deal with all of these problems, Allison turns to prescription painkiller pills. Chapter 2 Dave sleeps in the guest room. When Ellie gets in bed with Allison during the night, Dave sneaks back into the bedroom to join them in the morning before Ellie wakes up. He does not want Ellie to know they are struggling. Ellie accidentally wets the bed. Allison is late starting her day because she has to clean up the mess. She takes pills to deal with the stress. Several different doctors prescribe pills for her...

Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 21, 2014
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Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman - A 30-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapter 1 In 1993, twenty-four year old Piper Kerman was at the Brussels airport, waiting for her suitcase after arriving from Chicago via Paris. She was dressed like a fashionable businesswoman, but was nervous because $10,000 that belonged to a West African drug lord was hidden in her suitcase. It arrived on a later flight. She dashed out of the airport, accidentally skipping a stop in Customs. Kerman had graduated from Smith College. Though she came from a Boston family of high achievers, doctors and lawyers, she majored in theater. Most of her friends got real jobs. She had no plan, though, and ended up waitressing in Northampton. She hung out with a crowd of similarly situated young people, having affairs with lovers of both sexes, dressing in black, and getting tattoos. During this time, Piper began an affair with a lesbian neighbor, Nora Jansen. Nora was a drug smuggler, transporting cash and heroin for a West African drug lord named Alaji. He also happened to be her sister, Hester’s, boyfriend. One day, Nora came home with a suitcase full of cash and a new Mazda Miata convertible. Piper enjoyed the perks of Nora’s lifestyle, but the drug activity made her nervous. When a friend decided to move to San Francisco, Piper saw it as a way out of her relationship with Nora. However, Nora suggested they move in together there. Not only did Piper stay with Nora, she used Nora’s cover story to explain the move to her family. Nora’s story was that she and a friend, Jack, were starting a magazine, so Piper told her family she would be working for the magazine in San Francisco...

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - A 15-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 21, 2014
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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - A 15-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - A 15-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary:Chapter 1 Enlightenment, a feeling of awareness, peace, and joy, comes from within a person, not from outside sources. Enlightenment is an end to suffering and a feeling of connection to a person’s own true self and to the world. Enlightenment is being aware of a person’s own deepest self or Being. People have difficulty experiencing Being because of their identification with their own minds. Their own thoughts keep them from finding the stillness needed to experience Being. When people identify with their thoughts, it blocks their relationships with others, nature, and God. Those who can observe themselves thinking realize that they are not their mind and that all things of importance, such as beauty, joy, love, and inner peace, come from beyond the mind. This state of consciousness is achieved when people feel their own presence beyond their thoughts, emotions, and physical bodies. Another way to experience enlightenment is to focus all attention on the now, the present moment. The ego, or false self, barely notices the present moment. To the ego, only the past and the future are important. Emotions are thoughts that are felt in the body. To reach full consciousness, people need to be able to see their emotions as separate from themselves…

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 17, 2014
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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - A 30-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary:Overview of the entire bookIntroduction to the Important people in the bookSummary and analysis of all the chapters in the bookKey Takeaways of the bookA Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapters 1-4 Mrs. Patty Ponder, an elderly woman who lives next to the Pirriwee Public School in Pirriwee Beach, Australia, hears a commotion going on at the school’s trivia night. She looks out the window and sees fighting going on among the parents at the event. She hears a woman screaming. Madeline Mackenzie drives her daughter, Chloe, to her kindergarten orientation day at school. When she comes to a stop light, Madeline gets out of her car and goes to the car in front of her to yell at a woman who is using her phone while driving. On the way back to her car, Madeline turns her ankle and falls. Newcomers to the area, Jane Chapman and her son, Ziggy, are in the car behind Madeline. They are also on their way to kindergarten orientation. Jane sees Madeline fall and gets out of her car to help her. Jane gets Ziggy and Chloe to the school, then she and Madeline go to Blue Blues, a beachside café, to meet Madeline’s friend, Celeste. Madeline tells Jane about her ex-husband, Nathan, and his new family. Jane tells Madeline that she is a single mom. She says Ziggy is the result of a one-night stand...

What If? by Randall Munroe - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 03, 2014
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What If? by Randall Munroe - A 30-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. What If? by Randall Munroe - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapters 1-4 Global Windstorm. If the earth stopped spinning, but the air kept moving, supersonic winds would develop everywhere except near the poles. Half the earth would freeze while the other half would burn up. People would survive only in a few places, such as research stations at the South Pole. Cold water would churn up from the ocean depths, creating global cooling and tsunamis. Eventually, however, the moon, still rotating, would start moving toward Earth. The tidal energy of the moon would tug on Earth and start it spinning again. Relativistic Baseball. A baseball traveling at ninety percent of light speed would create a thermonuclear explosion as it came in contact with the air. Batter, catcher, ballpark and everything nearby would be destroyed. It would also happen so fast that everything would remain stationary. An MIT scientist who also simulated this, however, told Munroe that his result could not be duplicated. Spent Fuel Pool. Swimming in a pool of spent nuclear reactor fuel would not be fatal. A swimmer who does not dive down and touch a spent fuel rod would be exposed to less radiation than a person normally gets walking around. The water temperature would be slightly less than that of a hot tub. Workers actually swim in these pools to service them…

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 08, 2014
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - A 30-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapter 1 Louis was the son of Anthony and Louise Zamperini, Italian immigrants. He was one of those kids who got into everything. He stole from everyone, but could always talk his way out of scrapes. The only thing that scared him was flying. He once flew in an airplane and was so frightened by the altitude and speed that he swore he would never have anything to do with them again. Louis was the exact opposite of his big brother Pete, who was polite, hard-working, tall and handsome. Louis, their parents and their two little sisters idolized Pete. Louis, meanwhile, was puny and bullied. One event changed Louis entire attitude when he was a teen. He saw how eugenics, the practice of improving the quality of human genetics, almost left one neighborhood boy locked up in an institution and sterilized. Louis knew he fit the profile of the kids the eugenicists were trying to eradicate and fought to turn himself around to avoid the fate the other boy nearly faced. For this reason, he began giving away all he stole and doing random acts of kindness for neighbors and his family...

America by Dinesh D'Souza - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

release date: Oct 21, 2014
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America by Dinesh D'Souza - A 30-minute Instaread Summary
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. America by Dinesh D'Souza - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapter 1 As early as the 1960s, American scholars have suggested that America is declining as a world power. This is taking place because of a plan to deconstruct and then remake the country by progressives, a newer version of political liberals. President Obama and other progressive leaders have a vision of America that differs from the one outlined by the Founding Fathers. This vision is based on the theory that America must fall so that others can rise. It is a concept that is now accepted practice for both foreign and domestic policy.Currently three indicators of American decline are a stagnant economy, a large national debt, and a loss of power on the world stage. The Constitution created a formula for a new society. Instead of being created from conquest and force, America was organized by reflection and choice. President Obama’s policies are taking the country in a different direction than was intended by the Founding Fathers. More power is being given to the state and less to the people. Extreme progressives today believe that Americans stole the land their country was built on from the native Indians and from Mexico. It is also thought America stole the labor of slaves to build the country. These progressives see capitalism as based on theft because it keeps the majority of workers from having their fair share. They believe America was founded on, and has been sustained, from theft. The progressives believe, from a moral standpoint, America should be destroyed...
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