Book Note

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Why subscribe to Stacy’s Book Notes?

Stacy's Book NotesDo you have an ever-growing list of books to read, but can’t seem to check any off? Or, maybe you’re only hearing about the same five ‘must-read’ books making headlines on the New York Times Best Sellers list?

You’re not alone. I hear similar thoughts from my smart, talented and time-challenged clients all the time.

I share brief thoughts (think “Cliffs Notes”) on some of my favorite business, leadership and social science research books. Steering clear of those bestselling parenting or career books you already picked up on your own, I focus on bringing you insights I’ve found in unexpected books that are relevant and helpful to women and parents.

I read them, so you don’t have to…unless, of course, you really want to.

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Every one of us will hurt someone; and, we will be hurt by someone. We are human. So, it follows that we will need to apologize and we will yearn for apologizes. In order to have deep connections with others, we need to learn the art of saying “I’m sorry.” Thankfully, there is a wonderful…

excellent sheep

When I first heard about William Deresiewicz‘s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I assumed it was yet another critique of Millennials. But, when a friend I respect strongly recommended it to me and loaned me his copy, I thought I’d give it a skim. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. Indeed, Deresiewicz does describe how elite…

sense of wonder

As our lives get busier and our reliance on technology grows, our connection with nature becomes even more precious. As I’ve done in the past, I’ve opted for a quick and easy read as summer approaches. This time, I’m hoping key takeaways from The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson will help you get outdoors as much as you can.…


Self-compassion is rarely a goal for most people. Instead, happiness and success are probably high most people’s list of desires. Yet, according to the research of Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and her colleagues, self-compassion is a key to emotional well-being, a more authentic sense of self-worth, more effective methods of motivation. Her book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being…


I found Lisa Damour‘s book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood , so profoundly helpful that I am breaking my own (perhaps arbitrary?) rule about not writing book notes on parenting books. This book reassures parents by explaining how our daughter’s seemingly troubling and erratic behavior is part of normal adolescence and…