Dear Miss Tate…You’re Fired From Millennials

Dear Miss Tate…You’re Fired From Millennials

Government Gone Wild. How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You for a Ride -and What You Can Do About It, by Kristin Tate

I like politics. I like talking about it and I like reading about it. Government Gone Wild was presented to me as a modern j’accuse addressed to our Government -written with humour and a fresh pecover84111-medium.pngrspective by the “young conservative journalist” Kristin Tate. 

Seen as  a fun way to agitate the entitled political establishment, Tate’s political action handbook is meant for a new generation of voters -the Millennials– who are afraid they will be paying for this out-of-control government their entire working lives.

I was expecting -from a journalist- a precise account of what  the Government is doing wrong; like bad administration and devilish conspiracies. Unfortunately this book is just a bunch of disconnected thoughts so obvious that is actually too embarrassing to believe they come from a 24 years old woman.

Some of her statements are borderline idiotic: in chapter one, Tate states that America has overcrowded prisons packed with people who never committed a single crime against anyone but themselves“. – I’d really like to know what prison Miss Tate visited that was overpacked with innocent people. Because the prison I visited was, yes packed -but with criminals. 

Speaking about drugs and legalization she said:  “Joints, spliffs and bongs should be completely legal” -and also- “If you want to smoke up until your eyes roll into the back of your empty skull, you should be free to do that“. According to Tate as long as we are allowed to eat junk food and waste our bodies with fat, alcohol or cigarette, we should be free to use cocaine or even heroin in the privacy of our home.

I am not the finest connoisseur of the human genre, but one thing I know is that drug addicts rarely stay “in the privacy of their own home“. Nope, they go out and mess with regular people. Like Kenneth Britt Smith, who is accused of striking and killing a bicyclist while was high on marijuana. (Northeast Portland, Dec 13, 2015). Or like David Njuguna– who is involved in the car crash death of a Massachusetts State Police trooper Thomas Clardy. Should I mention that Clardy left behind a wife and six children? And guess what? Njuguna was high on marijuana.

I would die to know if Miss Tate still believes these stoned guys only hurt themselves? Or they was just exercising their right to do what the hell they want with their lives?

And that was only chapter one!!  To be completely honest, I am so disappointed with this book, and  whilst I do appreciate Tate’s young and modern writing style, I am disturbed by the huge amount of stupidity she’s trying to feed the reader, especially because she claimed to write this book for Millennials.

Luckily there are a lot of smart Millennials out there who know how to write and how to deliver a good message. When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is a splendid example of two dedicated and brilliant young men with valid and solid plans to make America strong again. I highly suggest you to read this book! And the previous post about Millennials, if you haven’t yet.


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook) ….or not!

 

*Disclaimer* -> Luckily not a single dime has been wasted on this book by me. An advanced copy was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by FaithWords/Center Street

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Millennials: Are You One of Us?

 

9d861ac5027505d5d61fe9eb36448da7One of the best part of becoming a self-proclaimed “book blogger” is when authors and PR people from publishing companies reach you out asking if -by any chance- you’d like to read this or that book and help them spreading the word.

Duh!! I’m a bookworm. Sure I would like to read your new/soon-to-be-published book!!

A week ago, Jack Cahn -a first-time author and college student- offered me to read an advanced copy of When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America,  written with his twin brother David.

I knew JaWhen Millennials Ruleck and David Cahn -the Twin Titans of Stuyvesant High School– from the media attention they received in 2013 because of their involvement in school activism, and I am an avid reader of their Huffington Post posts too (read here David’s entries and here Jack’s entries).

Jack and David’s book -which I will review soon- is written by and for a specific demographic cohort called Millennials.

According to all the legitimate sources I have consulted, I am -my birthright- one of them. Yes people, I am a Millennial.

Despite there are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.* The credit of naming the Millennials goes to authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, which -in their latest book titled Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation– defined the Millennials as a “civic-minded generation with a strong sense of community both local and global“.

Pretty cool, huh? Sure is, on paper. Here comes the reality check.

o-THE-REAL-ME-GENERATION-facebookAfter further research I found out that Millennials don’t exactly enjoy widespread appreciation, nor consideration among society; lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents, tech junkies and guinea pigs for everything marketing related.

We might be more tech savvy, more entrepreneurial, more tolerant and even more optimistic about the future, but we also are the generation with the highest joblessness and debt out of school.

Statistics show that we are the best educated generation of history but -apparently- our political views don’t make any sense, our ideas are unrealistic and we will never reach higher political positions.

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We are good buyers though. No kidding. In fact, there are a lot of books about how to make us buy even more things:

  • Marketing to Millennials: Reach the largest and most influential Generation of Consumer Ever, by Jeff Fromm and Christie Garton (Book) – (eBook)
  • Your Customer is the star: How to make Millennials, Boomers and Everyone Else Love your Business, by Micah Solomon (Book) – (eBook)
  • Managing the Millennials: Discover the core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja (Book) – (eBook)

Just to name a few. That’s quite sad, isn’t it?

My question to you, brave reader, is: What’s really hiding under the sand? Who’s keeping Millennials out of the big game? Why society doesn’t give Millennials credit? Are Millennials really narcissistic personalities characterized by a damaged sense of self?

When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is an extraordinary reading that I recommend (pub.date August 2nd, 2016). If words and ideas can change the world, and if “it depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs“** than we -Millennials- have a lot of work to do.


 *Source:Wikipedia

** President Obama to the class of 2016 at Rutger University 250th Anniversary Commencement

***This post reflects my personal opinion. I am not sponsored by none of the people mentioned above. The reason why I am  highly, strongly, shamelessy suggesting to buy Jack and David’s book is mostly because I believe in the message that carries. I will never get tired to recommend any writer who is not afraid to share good ideas and knows how to use a perfect consecutio temporum!

****If you don’t know what the consecutio temporum is…get out of here!! Kidding, just google it!

College Education: Is It Still Worth It?

College Education: Is It Still Worth It?

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We are talking about education at the Serial Readers Book Club on Goodreads.

While reading Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa I questioned myself if society and parents around the world aren’t making a huge mistake by encouraging every student to get a college education.

Young people -fresh out of college or not- are actually struggling to adapt to a certain kind of economy that isn’t ready (or doesn’t want to) include them at this time.

Are colleges really preparing you for the job market? are they providing you the skills you need to succeed in the workforce? Or are they just burying you with huge debt?

According to Richard Vedder -economist from Ohio University- “only five of the top 25 fastest growing occupations over the next 10 years require any sort of college degree“.

There must be something wrong in the system! Does our education system need to be reformed? Or is it fine the way it is?

Whatever It Takes to Get Ahead

Whatever It Takes to Get Ahead

Earning Admission. Real Strategies for Getting Into Highly Selective Colleges, by Greg Kaplan

Earning Admission is the ultimate military tactics guide for parents on how to hcover86404-mediumelp their own kids to get into highly selective colleges.

Everything you need to know to set your child up for success:

  • how to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars of merit scholarships and financial aids,
  • how to earn admission from the dreaded waitlist,
  • how to use objective criteria to find the right college,
  • how your teen can develop the skill of marketing for coveted opportunities.

Because the college application process is a war – pardon- a family affair.


If your child is in 9th grade than you’re already late, grab your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (Ebook)

A Really Good YA

A Really Good YA

Dreaming of Antigone, by Robin Bridges

Andria and Iris are twin sisters but they couldn’t be more different: Iris has adoring friends, a cool boyfriend and a shelf full of soccer trophies. Andria is quitecover83093-medium.pngr, she loves astronomy and poetry.

After Iris’s death Andria is struggling to keep her life from falling apart but neither stars or books can help her filling the black hole left by her sister’s death and when Alex Hummond -the guy everybody blame for Iris’s death- comes back to town, things get complicated.

This story will keep you glued to the pages! Robin Bridges writes beautifully and you soon find yourself dragged so deep into the heart of the story that you won’t see all the twist and turns coming.


Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (Ebook)

Where Do You Really Belong To?

Where Do You Really Belong To?

Got Here as Soon as I Could. Discovering the Way Life Should Be, by Sarah Smiley

Do you ever feel that the place you belong to is not the one you’re born or raised? Sarah wasn’t born in Maine, she wasn’t raised there but, somehow, Maine became the only home she’ll ever know and that’s why she got here as soon as she could.cover82598-medium.png

After her husband got transferred from Florida to Maine, Sarah soon fell in love with the lifestyle, the people and of course the places.

A nice and funny collection of memories of the way life should be that will probably remind you those times when all of America was simple and beautiful.


Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (Ebook)

 

Why Kerouac means Freedom

Why Kerouac means Freedom

 

The Town and The City is Jack Kerouac’s debut novel, published seven years before his iconic On the Road, about the adventures of the Martin family as they navigate the seismic cultural shifts following World War II.cover83423-medium.png

Inspired by Kerouac’s own New England youth, the eight Martin children enjoy an idyllic upbringing in a small Massachusetts mill-town, but when was breaks out, everything is interrupted and falls apart.

After returning home, Peter, the  is drawn to the kinetic energy of New York City and the progressive, bohemian ideas springing from its denizen young poets, writers, and artists. His new friends are fictionalized versions of Kerouac’s contemporaries: Allen Ginsberg (as Leon Levinsky), Lucien Carr (as Kenneth Wood), and William Burroughs (as Will Dennison), and other members of the Beat Generation.

You can’t go wrong with Kerouac, father and authentic voice of the beat generation.
The American myth of the road, the freedom and eccentricity of the young beats, the magic of the the Oriental Philosophy, this book represent Kerouac at the very best.
Absolutely recommended!

 

 

 

Why Do We Waste So Much Food?

Why Do We Waste So Much Food?

Freegans. Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America, by Alex V. Barnard

If we are still asking ourselves why does 40 percent of all U.S. food production go to waste, while one in six people in the nation face hunger, there is something wrong with modern society.cover85473-medium

Living on food culled from supermarket dumpsters may be a little radical but it’s what freegans does, promoting ethical consumption while fighting capitalism.
A very interesting book that will take you to know the people inside the movement, thwir motivations and their believes.

Freegans is a very interesting book that will make you think and question yourself about what we are doing wrong.

 


Get your copy on Amazon.com

 

When Family is All You Have

When Family is All You Have

Evicted. Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond

Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. cover74027-medium.pngAll are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. All are going to be evicted.

Based on real fieldwork and solid data of the human cost of America’s inequality, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today, as evictions are becoming more and more commonplace.

I highly recommend you to read this book, because we have to understand how this sick system of removing families from their homes in name of profit is exacerbating cycles of poverty, especially among minorities and women.


Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (Ebook)