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V 9:2  September 18, 2014
Happy birthday,  Queen Anne of Romania!
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Hey! Remember the 90s?

BK Communiqué

"Love is selflessness, self is lovelessness.

-- Sai baba 


Why Read It? In this work Seth Adam Smith writes about the value of selflessness, not as an expert but as a flawed human being sharing what he's learned -- and learned the hard way.


Sounds all mushy and holier-than-thou, doesn't it? Thankfully, it is neither of these. Seth is funny and frank about his own imperfections and screwups along the way and how the approach is, and always will be, an ongoing process to accept that the only way you can find your life is to give it away to others.  


Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off here.  
For academic desk copies, please contact Mike Crowley.
For media review copies, please contact Kat Engh.
News, Features, and Free Stuff
Selflessness Is a Pain in the...  

In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore the value of giving and being selfless.

But being selfless can be a pain, and it's really not very easy to do. Besides, as long as you aren't hurting others, isn't it okay to just focus on yourself? You have only one life to live, right? Well, in this issue, Seth gives us Three Good Reasons Not to Be Selfless (and Three Better Reasons to Be Selfless Anyway).
Other News  

+ There's just one nonfiction book by a woman in consideration for the National Book Award.

+ First it was the ice bucket challenge and now Facebook friends are challenging you to list the ten books that impacted you. Facebook decided to do a little research of its own to see which books were most popular with its users.

+ Amazon's definition of customer service reached beyond expectations when it was revealed that anyone could steal multiple audiobooks from Audible.

+ Wait! Why don't we do this over here? In India, McDonald's announced that its Children's Happy Meals will now come with books instead of toys.

+ More millennials read a book last year than older Americans, so stop griping about kids these days.

+ Forbes has compiled a list of the world's top-earning authors.

+ Someone is tweeting the entire text of The Great Gatsby one tweet at a time at a rate of once per day. At this rate, the entire book will take five years to complete.

+ Yes, now there's a book that self-destructs if you don't read it quickly enough.

+ Why don't publishers fact-check autobiographies more carefully?

+ The French President's ex-girlfriend has published a raw tell-all memoir but French bookstores are hesitant to stock the work.

+ And the speculation has already begun around the odds of who is going to be nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature.

+ Thomas Pynchon has  indicated that Homer Simpson is his role model.

+ Comic fans will be saddened to hear that Wolverine is slated to die.

+ Everyone always talks about the books that changed their lives for the better, but what of books that actually make a reader's life worse? 

+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller: Diary of a Mad Diva, by Joan Rivers. Read an excerpt here.

+ Free Resources: Find a listing of the twelve best sites to improve your writing here.

+ Free Software: You can find ten apps to make your life more efficient here.

+ Free Webinar: A leadership webinar with Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller? For free? What are you waiting for? Register now!
BK Books Around the World
This fiercely proud lightbulb adorns the cover of yet another Dutch edition of one of our books.

Your first guess would be that this book is definitely the Dutch edition of How to Get Ideas (lightbulb = ideas, obviously), but you'd be wrong. This is actually the Dutch edition of this bestseller.
Woman on Fire
Every year BK's own Anna Leinberger goes to that strange and mysterious carnival that is Burning Man. Before you make any judgments, Anna wants you to know that she does not spend her days there intoxicated or under the influence while making questionable clothing choices. To better inform you, Anna answers Five Things You've Always Wanted to Ask About Burning Man (But Were Afraid To).
Marginally Unethical Life Hacks
Some things are ethical; some things are not. And then there are those things that help you get ahead that, technically, are not unethical, but, well --

This time, we show you how to How to get a seat alone on a bus or train.
Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of The Seven Paths, by the Anasazi Foundation, here.

This offer is available exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on September 19, 2014, you're going to have to plunk down $14.95 like everyone else. Go now.
We Recommend
On November 2, 2013, Seth Adam Smith wrote a simple blog entry titled Marriage Isn't for You. He then promptly started attending to other matters, unaware that within a few days the blog would be read over 30 million times worldwide and he would be appearing on all major national television and cable networks.

Why not take five minutes right now to read the piece that started it all?
End Notes

Last time, I issued this challenge. No one got the correct answer, though I understand this last one was a bit nebulous. That answer can be found here.

Your next challenge can be found here.

Email me with any comments or rants. And in totally unrelated news, I have to ask -- who are these guys? What kind of a crazy club is this?

Oh, and here's your biweekly dose of random.


P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?
I should have been an accountant.
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