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What they’re checking out: Week of December 23


As an ongoing feature, staff members at the Des Moines Public Library will recommend a business-related book to add to your reading list. Find this and more books like it at any of the Des Moines Public Library’s six locations and online at dmpl.org. And find information on how to get a FREE library card and all its benefits at dmpl.org/get-carded.

focusDes Moines Public Library business book pick: “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again” by Johann Hari.

Why you should read it: Best-selling author Johann Hari’s latest book examines ways society can reclaim its focus in an era of short attention spans and constant distractions. The book shares how the author tried to fix this in his own life, with self-help solutions and fads (even abandoning his phone for months at a time), all to no avail. This led him on a global journey to talk to experts on human attention.

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