What Color is your Parachute?

Richard Bolles, the author of the long running job search manual series, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?, died last week at the age of 90. This long-running series has been updated almost yearly, to include changes in the workforce, and to accommodate those who now switch careers.

Bolles originally self-published the first PARACHUTE book as a photocopied pamphlet in 1970 to unemployed Protestant ministers. But it had so much interest, Bolles sold an update in 1972 to an independent publisher who was willing to publish the more wide-ranging version in small batches. Bolles was able to update the series frequently, then, and since that date, it has sold more than 10 million copies and has never gone out of print. Isn’t that amazing?

The witty style, and hard advice has won out readers over the years, and is the go-to Bible of job seekers everywhere. While the advice might not be easy to take (Bolles claims you need to be searching for a job at least 40 hours a week in order to get the best one for you), his fans have sworn by the well-researched books for decades. You can read more about his FASCINATING life in this New York Times article.

Have you used one of the PARACHUTE books to boost your job search? Did it help? Have you recommended it to others? Let us know! While there is no indication that someone else will take over the issues, I’m sure the advice will ring true for years to come. The job search market won’t be the same without this champion of employment, however.

Boss Baby

Years ago, I picked up THE BOSS BABY by Marla Frazee when it first came out, and laughed and laughed. I read it to my storytime group, and it didn’t go over quite as well. But as with a lot of picture books, I think this one was aimed more at the parents having to read it, than the children. While they might have laughed at this baby’s antics, only a parent would recognize the tongue-in-cheek jabs at what life is like with a baby in the house.

Flash forward to the present, and BOSS BABY is now a full-length movie staring Alec Baldwin. It’s getting good reviews, and will probably stay in theatres for a few weeks. It has a few more story lines than the picture book, and it is sure to be entertaining to the parents who take their children to see the movie. You can watch the trailer here:

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Airbnb Story

If you’re looking to do some traveling this spring and summer, your options might include an Airbnb. Often, these local properties are hosted, or rented out by people who furnish and maintain their residences with their communities in mind. They stock their bathrooms with fun, trendy, local products, leave maps and brochures for things to do in and around their location, and aim to make your stay as memorable as possible. After all, their hope is that you’ll leave a great review, and other people will want to stay!

Did you know there are 30 rental Airbnb properties in and around Carleton Place right now? You can find these and other property rentals right here at the Airbnb website.

Not sure what Airbnb’s are all about? There is a fascinating new book out called THE AIRBNB STORY: HOW THREE ORDINARY GUYS DISRUPTED AN INDUSTRY, MADE BILLIONS…AND CREATED PLENTY OF CONTROVERSY, by Leigh Gallagher. Find out how they developed this creative sharing idea, and how the travel industry has responded. (Hint…it hasn’t been easy for them.)

Would you consider renting out your home to strangers? There are lots of great websites, twitter posts, and Facebook pages devoted to starting up your own rental, with tips on how to furnish, what not to leave out when renting, and how to solve issues with renters. Drop in to pick up this book to find out more about the whole industry before you decide if it’s right for you. Maybe you’ll embark on a new adventure…and earn some extra cash while you’re at it!


Most of us would agree that work can sometimes feel like it lasts longer than a regular 5-day week. But what if you couldn’t leave work? NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days orbiting in space, the longest an American astronaut has ever spent in space. In his book coming out in October, ENDURANCE, he reveals that it was not one big discovery that was the focus of his work, but all of the planned projects that he performed over those 340 days.

But one of the most fascinating projects will probably take years to analyze: the genetic differences that will appear between Kelly, and his twin brother Mark, who remained on Earth. While initial studies prove some interesting things, it will probably be years before the full extent of the data is understood. You can read a short excerpt from the book right here.

The excerpt puts you into the mindset of someone who is totally focused on his work, and not only enjoys it, but has learned how to better live on our planet now that he’s back home.

What do you think—would you enjoy living in space for that long?


With the invention of self-driving trucks that deliver goods and computers to do many jobs that people once did on a daily basis, are we going to lose jobs that were once so important to the human race? Or are the jobs we’re doing simply changing?

More than a decade ago, people dove into the book GIG: AMERICANS TALK ABOUT THEIR JOBS. It was one of the first books that gave insight into the American working life, the average jobs that people did, and also, the exceptional jobs. We often think we know what someone does in their job on a day to day basis, but this book was a gold mine of information, getting right down to the truest nature of the work people were doing back then. Why don’t they have books like this available for teens who are trying to decide what to study in University? Would they really spend the next four years or more studying design, math, and history if they knew that as a professional architect, they might spend the rest of their lives designing school gymnasiums? Maybe a frank, open, joyous book about what jobs really entail, would focus young people and push them into the right careers in the first place.

The New York Times just ran a story about the jobs Americans are doing right now--middle class workers, and not high-profile positions. Are jobs changing? Are we as people changing? I know that if I had had a better idea of what librarians did before deciding on a career path, I would have gone in this direction immediately, instead of taking the long way round.

Do you have a similar story about finding a career that suits you? Would you have preferred to know what a job was really like before starting a study path? Tell us!


One of the first BIG bestselling YA authors was Jay Asher and his book THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. Even before TWILIGHT and Stephenie Meyer took over the NYT bestsellers list, Asher remained on the hardcover list for over two years, garnering fans of his contemporary YA book about a teen suicide. More than 10 years later, and Netflix is releasing a series based on the book, coming out March 31, 2017.

The book centers around Hannah Baker who commits suicide. But before she leaves the world, she records a series of cassettes (will teens today even know what they are?) telling why she chose to end her life. The catch? The box of cassettes is delivered to her classmate Clay Jensen…and the first cassette explains that the reason he is receiving the box is because HE is one of the reasons she chose to end things. Each subsequent cassette is to be passed on to the next person on her list…with a total of 13 people she felt were responsible for her misery.

The book is engrossing, told from Hannah’s perspective, but also showing the fallout from each person who receives a tape. The reasons are detailed, brutal, and one must think, pretty common in many respects for a lot of kids out there today. While some of the subject matter is sensitive, the story covers it beautifully, and Asher’s writing style is too engaging to let the reader put it down.

How will Netflix approach the subject? Asher had a good deal of input on the set, and he claims Netflix will actually use the original ending to the book, so that should be interesting. I know I’ll be setting my reminder to start watching at the end of the month. Will you?