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Having hope means that one will not give in to overwhelming anxiety, a defeatist attitude, or depression in the face of difficult challenges or setbacks. Hope is more than the sunny view that everything will turn out all right; it is believing you have the will and the way to accomplish your goals.
—  Daniel Goleman. (An excerpt from one of my most favorite books, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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The Holiday (2006) by Nancy Meyers

Book title: The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini; The Power of Now (1997) by Eckhart Tolle; Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005) by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997) by J.K. Rowling; Bob Dylan Chronicles (2004) by Bob Dylan; The Corrections (2001) by Jonathan Franzen; Runaway (2004) by Alice Munro; The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys (2004) by the Dalai Lama and Chan Victor  

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A comiXologist Recommends:
Jonah Chuang recommends Superior Foes of Spider-Man

Superhero stories sometimes struggle to create flawed but relatable characters with interesting stories and personalities. When the protagonist fails it’s usually because of circumstances out of their control or trying to do too much with too little and not because of gross incompetence or greed, but let’s be real: as great as it is to aspire to nobility, it’s way more fun to watch a bunch of bumbling second-rate crooks rip each other off, poorly.

It follows a group of five minor villains who try to make themselves the new Sinister Six despite barely being able to knock over neighborhood pet stores. They’re always looking for the next big score while navigating parole and avoiding the ire of more dangerous criminals. As you’d expect, there’s a good amount of bickering and backstabbing, but also a small amount of camaraderie as well.

Premise aside, Superior Foes of Spider-Man has some of the best storytelling, character development, dialogue and overall writing in mainstream comics today. It’s funny, interesting, relatable and just very clever. In these pages you’ll get to see villains poop their pants when the Punisher shows up. You’ll see Dr. Doom ask an artist to draw him like one of his French girls, and men in grizzly suits admit, at a super-villain support group, that part of the reason they get beaten by Spider-Man so often is because they’re trying so hard not to laugh when he quips at them during battle.

Superior Foes is pretty heavy on the pop culture references but you can definitely enjoy it without getting all of them. There are a lot of moving pieces and great moments, like when you get so invested in a villain’s success that you find yourself turning the page and thinking, “oh crap, the hero’s here”.

[Read Superior Foes of Spider-Man on comiXology]

Jonah Chuang is a Production Coordinator Assistant at comiXology. Once again, his apologies to Doris Kearns Goodwin.

There is no chance the ordinary person in the future will ever remember me. No chance. I’d rather have been better off looking for immortality through my wife and children and their children in turn instead of seeking all that love and affection from the American people. They’re just too fickle.
—  Lyndon B. Johnson, on his legacy, to Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream
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“I felt as if I would soon be transported to a magical land, able to read books that would carry me to places I was never able to go. It was a thrill. And that was the beginning of a lifelong experience of not only loving libraries, but living in libraries.” - Doris Kearns Goodwin on her love of libraries

If it’s really going to work, the relationship between the President and the Congress has got to be almost incestuous. He’s got to know them even better than they know themselves.
—  Lyndon B. Johnson, on the relationship between Presidents and Congress, to Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

the-lord-of-the-fandoms24  asked:

Hi I was wondering what qualifications do you have that make you a presidential historian? Apologize if this comes across as rude I'm just curious.

I had to recite the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo backwards and then Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough beat the shit out of me to jump me in. It was almost exactly the same process necessary to join the Crips (which is the first step required of prospective Presidential historians). 

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It’s a big week for nonfiction paperbacks. Here’s what’s out: