Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Chernobyl

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster, by Adam Higginbotham. This extraordinary book tells of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—but it is also a powerful testament to how governmental propaganda and secrecy can cause these t …

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The Great Degeneration

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, by Niall Ferguson.  One experience that struck Barb when she worked as a translator on Soviet trawlers was just how easy it was to convince people to go along with certain ideas, no matter how bizarre they migh …

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Marie Antoinette and other great biographies

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser. We’re used to reading history books about compelling, intelligent men and women like Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, and Queen Isabella of Spain. We’re not-so-used-to reading books about apparent intellectual lightweight …

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Your Happy First Draft/Mission Transition

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners from beautiful Almaty, Kazakhstan! Books of the Week Your Happy First Draft: A Practical and Painless Guide to Obliterating Writer’s Block, by Daphne Gray-Grant. This is the best book we’ve ever read about getting past writer’s block.  Daphne has been a writing coach for decades, and she’s see …

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How to Become a Straight-A Student

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less, Cal Newport.  Oliver from Switzerland (see his inspiring email below) recommended Cal Newport’s book on studying—this book launched Cal’s authorial c …

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Grapes of Math

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Grapes of Math, by Greg Tang. We’ve recently become aware of Greg’s work as a math educator. He came about his calling through a circuitous path—first earning a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Harvard, and later an M.A. degree in Math Education from New York Unive …

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A story of persecution & perseverance

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners Book of the Week The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance, by Qazim Rashid. This is a soul-searching book about one man’s attempt to discover why people would want to die for their faith. Not in the sense of being suicide bombers, but exactly the opposite: Ho …

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The Graduate Student as Writer

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s recommendation is rather an unusual one. “Anonymous friend” writes: “I’m one of 1M ‘silent’ students of LHTL who also enjoys your Friday Greetings emails since 2015. A friend of mine recently self-published The Graduate Student as Writer: Encouragement for the Bud …

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Ultralearning is Out!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month (again!) Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career, by Scott Young.  Scott’s book is finally out this week—we are SO excited! As Barb’s blurb on the book’s cover notes: “Ultralearning is the best book on learning I’ve ever read. …

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The Artist’s Quest for Inspiration

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Artist’s Quest for Inspiration, by Peggy Hadden. We were turned on to this book by Barb’s artist daughter Rachel, who has found it to be deeply inspirational for her work. What we love about this book is its insights into how to look at life around you in a fresh way, and …

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