Brook's Book

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This is a book of accumulated wisdom, designed to entertain, enliven, educate, and inspire, without being a burden or a bore. Make it your own! More
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About Dan Brook

Dan is a writer, speaker, poet, photographer, activist, and professor of sociology and political science. He lives and loves in San Francisco, even while exploring the world.

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Review by: Ricky Gaoteote on Dec. 5, 2018 : (no rating)
After reading a few pages of Book's brook, I immediately gathered my thoughts and decided that this was the best book to pick up when I find myself in a time of boredom and passiveness. The wisdom and knowledge that is presented is by far the most intriguing to me. It is a collection of experiences as well as methodology that any human being can relate to and utilize in their walks of life. It is thrilling to go through each page and be indulged words that have meaning and how it provides satisfaction equally on each page that I browse. It is the critical thinking and the sociological imagination that I'm deeply in tuned with. I wanted to pick out the letter 'R' so I searched for Brook's "R" and come up with Brook’s Role Model: It is not a matter of whether or not you think you will be a role model; you already are a role model to those around you. Everything you say and don’t say and everything you do and don’t do is noticed by others who are influenced by you, just as you are influenced by them.

Thank you Dr. Brook!
(review of free book)
Review by: Anthony Topas on Nov. 15, 2018 :
Brook’s Book is a unique set of accumulated wisdom. It features an alphabetical style list that is not connected which makes for a blissful reading because you can read anything that interest you without feeling like you missed something. One thing that fascinated me and gave me an alternate prespective was “Brook’s Absence”. I have a very profound feeling to the concept of absences. The perspective of something being there, but we can’t see it. There is so much more present in the world that we are physically incapable of seeing as humans. It’s sad in a way because who know what beauties we are missing. So this books helps you make connections like that or help you think of ideas in a different or new way.
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Review by: Anthony Topas on Nov. 15, 2018 :
Brook’s Book is a unique set of accumulated wisdom. It features an alphabetical style list that is not connected which makes for a blissful reading because you can read anything that interest you without feeling like you missed something. One thing that fascinated me and gave me an alternate prespective was “Brook’s Absence”. I have a very profound feeling to the concept of absences. The perspective of something being there, but we can’t see it. There is so much more present in the world that we are physically incapable of seeing as humans. It’s sad in a way because who know what beauties we are missing. So this books helps you make connections like that or help you think of ideas in a different or new way.
(review of free book)
Review by: Kaitlyn Fregoso on Nov. 15, 2018 :
I liked the format of this book where there wasn't really one stream of thought consistently followed but instead the author decided to give us different ideas that are all equally as valuable in our lives. I especially enjoyed the Brook's Bridge aphorism which said "We must build bridges between what is and what could be, encouraging and joining with others to march across them." I like the idea here the author portrays that we could easily find ways to implement change if we just encourage others to come along with us.
(review of free book)
Review by: ClarissaEstrada on Nov. 15, 2018 :
This book is a collection of inspiring ideas that is structured in alphabetical order. The style of writing made it easy and fun to read. One of my favorite quotes is, “The only dreams that cannot be realized are the ones we don’t have” I like it because it says that if we have thought about it, then it is possible. I would definitely recommend this book!
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Review by: Leafaitulagi Tevaseu on Nov. 14, 2018 :
This book is one of those readings that are delightfully digestible yet powerfully constructed. It has many useful, inspiring, intellectually challenging, interesting, funny, encouraging quotes or aphorisms that you can carry with you throughout your life. Before reading this, I did not know what "aphorisms" were. When I looked up the word the definition read "a pithy observation that contains a general truth", and that's exactly what this book is! It's insightful, quick, well-thought out statements that speak volume to many general truths. But it also does an excellent job emphasizing to take these general truths however you please, which was enjoyable to do. It's one of those books that would be interesting to read up on everyday in small sections, while taking the time to critically analyze and interpret as you make your way through the book. It has an optimistic yet critical tone to it, which I love. The organization of the book also makes it fun and exciting to read. There are many empowering statements, intriguing thoughts, and hopeful suggestions. I will definitely be using this book to my advantage as I apply each of these aphorisms to my life while sharing some of them with others as I see fits.
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Review by: roger graver on April 19, 2018 :
This is a very unique style of book, one that, unlike a novel, I can put down and pick up anytime without missing a beat. Instead of chapters consisted of text filling the page, this book is made up of small, individual thoughts, which is refreshing. One of my favorite bits of philosophy from Brook's Book is his Self-Advice: "The best advice is often your own, that which you would give others you care about in the same situation. Take it." It seems that everyone has advice to give, but hardly anyone wants to take it. If everyone took their own advice, I think that we would all be better off.
I had a little fun reading the pieces of personal philosophy and opinion because for each one, I compared it to my personal beliefs and thought about which made more sense. It is always good to explore other ideas and grow mentally, and this book is great for that.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Jesus Yanez on April 19, 2018 :
I found this book very interesting because it had a poetic type of style to it. It was very easy to follow along and the style was not hard at all to understand. What I really liked about this book was its philosophy and the messages it gave to us. One quote that I really enjoyed was "The only dreams that can never be realized are the ones we don’t have." I like this quote because it is basically telling us that dreams do come true. It's saying that the only dreams that can't come true are the ones we don't so if we have a dream we can make it happen. The book has a bunch of amazing quotes throughout the book and a lot of them are really relatable to my life. I would recommend this book for anyone who needs some motivation and need that extra push in life like me. This book gave me the extra push I needed to become a better person and a better worker.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: jacquelineflores on April 19, 2018 :
This book was very fascinating to read. It can almost be viewed as somewhat poetic because of the style and structure of the book. I really enjoyed that the structure of the book was broken down with each header and then sentences illustrating why it was labeled as such. This book has a very optimistic theme all throughout, which is why this book can also be seen as a self-help book. The content throughout this book is very motivating and can be applied to any situation in life. One of my favorite lines from the book, " With pessimism, there's less chance of success; with optimism, anything is possible. This is a book that I can see myself going back to and rereading because there are so many quotes that can help motivate myself day to day.
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