The Book List #20

The Handmade Marketplace: How To Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, And Online by Kari Chapin
year: 2010 | pages: 224 | rating: 3/5

I am a little skeptical of these types of small business books especially when they are geared towards the handmade market and I only read this in preparation for a couple of blog post ideas. I have to be honest, The Handmade Marketplace would definitely provide a very useful resource for anyone thinking about or just starting a new handmade business. While there were a few bits of advice I completely disagreed with, this book covers quite a few areas (like pricing for wholesale and taxes) other books skip or gloss over. There are better business books out there but The Handmade Marketplace is a good resource for reading on contemporary selling methods.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
year: 2003 | pages: 265 | rating: 2/5

Our assumption that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction is explored by Barry Schwartz in this book on "the paradox of choice." Schwartz argues there is a point at which choice becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being; to support his argument, Schwartz draws on scientific research and studies, interviews, and suggested reading. The argument is a good one: excessive choice can result in decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. While I was intrigued enough by Schwartz's social critique, I found what could have been a succinct proposition turned into an incredibly long ramble that took up far too many pages. If The Paradox of Choice was 100 pages shorter, it would have been a far more interesting read.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
year: 1980 | pages: 394 | rating: 3/5

A book that will completely divide opinions; A Confederacy of Dunces is an American "comic masterpiece," a classic farce full of characters you hate to love and love to hate. The book's protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly, is a hugely obese and obnoxious man who is horrifically rude to his mother (and pretty much everyone else) and I couldn't help but like him. I relished every cringe-worthy, shockingly foul and unpleasant word that spilled from his mouth and I couldn't wait to find out what this idiot would do next.

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