Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth [in Library Journal]
Angela Duckworth (psychology, Univ. of Pennsylvania) grew up hearing, “You know, you’re no genius!” from her own father; she didn’t even qualify for the gifted and talented program in third grade. In 2013, the MacArthur Foundation overturned her father’s judgment, awarding her one of the fellowships commonly known as “genius grants” for proving that passion and perseverance – the stuff of grit – is more important than innate talent, more effective than so-called genius.
Already a lauded bestseller on the page, Duckworth’s debut combines decades of research with personal narrative, everyday and famous examples, accessible research in layperson’s language, and solid narrative skill to enlighten, teach, inspire, and champion the efficacy of grit to improve just about every facet of listeners’ lives.
Get to know why “effort counts twice,” deliberate practice and achieving more flow are essential, finding purpose is more than just a job, and more. That Duckworth herself narrates underscores her commitment, her insight, her grit.
Verdict: An ideal acquisition for all libraries working to engage aural patrons.
Review: modied from “Audio,” Library Journal, September 15, 2016