Better By Mistake by Alina Tugend

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New York Times columnist Alina Tugend delivers an eye-opening big idea: Embracing mistakes can make us smarter, healthier, and happier in every facet of our lives.

In this persuasive book, journalist Alina Tugend examines the delicate tension between what we’re told—we must make mistakes in order to learn—and the reality—we often get punished for them. She shows us that mistakes are everywhere, and when we acknowledge and identify them correctly, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work, and the world around us as well. Bold and dynamic, insightful and provocative, Better by Mistake turns our cultural wisdom on its head to illustrate the downside of striving for perfection and the rewards of acknowledging and accepting mistakes and embracing the imperfection in all of us.


About Alina Tugend

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ALINA TUGEND earned a bachelor's degree at University of California-Berkeley and a Master of Studies in Law at Yale Law School. She has written about education, environmentalism, and consumer culture for numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, American Journalism Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Child, and Parents. Since 2005, she has written the biweekly consumer column "Shortcuts" for The New York Times business section. She lives in Larchmont, New York, with her husband, their two sons, and two cats.
Published March 17, 2011 by Riverhead Books. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Sometimes belabored debut examines why making mistakes and learning from them is better than always trying to be perfect.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her absorbing first book, veteran journalist Tugend confronts a common but complicated subject: making mistakes.

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BC Books

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We can learn important lessons from our mistakes.

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BC Books

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All we have to do is find the lessons, learn from the mistakes that we make, and try not to make the same mistakes over and over again.

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Suite 101

This book will take you on a simple journey filled with great ideas on how to turn everyday mundane into blue sky energy to charge your battery.

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