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Grit For Adults

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Ballpoint a tale of genius and grit, perilous times, and the invention that changed the way we write

by Moldova, Gyorgy
Chronicles the trials of the men who invented the modern ballpoint pen as they battled corporate greed, dark eras--and each other.
László Bíró's last name is, in much of the world, a synonym for his revolutionary writing tool. But few people know that Bíró began his career in interwar Budapest as a journalist frustrated with spotty ink; that he escaped fascism by fleeing to Paris and, finally, to Buenos Aires; that a fellow Hungarian, Andor Goy, also played a vital role in the pen's development--and that, in a tragic twist of shared fate, business pressures and politics ultimately deprived both men of their rights to the ballpoint pen. Taking us from Hitler's Europe in 1938, to Argentina, where Bíró settled, and to Communist-era Hungary, where Goy lived out his life, Ballpoint is a painstakingly researched, absorbing narrative that reads simultaneously like a work of history and a novel.
Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.








The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Ayana Mathis
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.nbsp; Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave; She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
The Road  Cormac McCarthy  A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.


Especially for Parents:

Links and Resources:

How Not to Talk to your Kids: The Inverse Power of Praise

by Po Bronson



Is Your Child Resilient?

by Maureen Healy

Includes 3 Tips for Cultivating Resiliency



The Power of Yet

Carol Dweck



How Do We Help Our Kids Make Better Choices? Let Them Practice

Matt Levinson





General Links and Resources:


What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

Paul Tough--New York TImes



Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?
by Tovia Smith
March 17, 2014




Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience

by Lynda Klau



Best Advice: It Pays To Be Gritty

by Rachel Schall Thomas

President at Leanin.org




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