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The Book Club is a collaborative effort between the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and the Center for Professional Development & Training and is open to all UNF employees, including OPS and Student Assistants. The Book Club provides employees an opportunity to network with colleagues from other departments and to grow personally and professionally by reading, sharing, and leading discussions. Each term, Book Club members read a book and discuss it over the course of 2 brown bag lunches. Meetings are held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, Building 12, Room 2400. Join us for an opportunity to network with others outside of your department, to learn by reading, and to engage in dialogue. Water is provided.

 

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 The UNF Book Club will meet in the 2014 Spring Term.  (Spring registration opens January 7th.)

 

The book selection is "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants" by Malcolm Gladwell.


Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. 

Or should he have? 

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. 

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping PointBlinkOutliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

 

 

  

Previous UNF Book Club Selections

   
Title Author Term
"Lean In"      Sheryl Sandberg Fall 2013
"Everyone Communicates, Few Connect" John C. Maxwell Spring 2012
"Outcasts United" Warren St. John Fall 2011
"Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters - managing the Friction Between Generations at Work Meagan Johnson & Larry Johnson Summer 2011
"It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change"  Joan Borysenko, Ph.D Spring 2011
 "The Checklist Manifesto"  Atul Gawande Fall 2010
"Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life"  Len Fisher   Fall 2010
"Highest Duty" Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger  Summer 2010
"From Average to Awesome" Jim Smith, Jr. Spring 2010

"Emotionomics"

Dan Hill Fall 2009
"Outliers: The Story of Success" Malcolm Gladwell  Summer 2009
"Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters" Porras, Emery & Thompson Spring 2009
"A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" Daniel H. Pink Fall 2008
"Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" Dan Ariely  Fall 2008
"Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  Summer 2008
"Practical Intelligence" Karl Albrecht  Spring 2008
"Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes" Mark J. Penn & E. Kinney Zalesne  Spring 2008
"The Speed of Trust" Stephen Covey Fall 2007
"Dealing With People You Can't Stand" Rick Brinkman  Fall 2007
"Getting Things Done" David Allen Summer 2007
"The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team" Patrick Lencioni  Spring 2007
"Death By Meeting" Patrick Lencioni  Spring 2007
"The Discipline of Execution" Larry Bossidy  Fall 2006
"How Full is Your Bucket" Tom Rath  Fall 2006
"Now Discover your Strengths" Marcus Buckingham  Summer 2006
"First Break all the Rules" Marcus Buckingham  Spring 2006
"The Tipping Point" Malcolm Gladwell  Spring 2006
"Blink" Malcolm Gladwell  Fall 2005
"Primal Leadership" Daniel Goleman  Fall 2005
"Emotional Intelligence" Daniel Goleman  Summer 2005
"Good to Great" Jim Collins Summer 2005
"Crucial Confrontations" Kerry Patterson  Spring 2005
"Crucial Conversations" Kerry Patterson  Spring 2005
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