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I'm Steven. I work in product management at LinkedIn. I like to make connections, share stories, and learn what makes things (and people) tick. I read about climate change, productivity, and the future. In addition to books, talk to me about burgers - I keep a running list of my favorite burgers in the world. I spent five years in Seattle for university + work and built up some serious Pacific Northwest habits, like whole-day stints at Little Oddfellows and climbing at the Seattle Bouldering Project. I spent half a year in Manhattan, frequenting my local Bean & Bean nearly every weekend or The Flatiron Room when I wanted a touch of jazz. I'm now based out of the San Francisco Bay Area (splitting my time between Sunnyvale and SF), spending time with my family and friends at parks in the city (Golden Gate is the favorite!) with some good food in hand.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb (Sep-23)
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone evokes a lot of self-reflection as the author Lori Gottlieb takes you along the development journey of some of her patients, as well as herself. As you learn about the presenting problems of select patients, you discover underlying factors that are relatable to many. In two cases, her patient and herself, faces their own mortality. This especially made me think of my own perspectives and how I would handle such scenarios. Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who is curious to learn more about psychiatry and psychology with a very human element woven in to each story.
House of Sticks - Ly Ky Tran
Having met Ly in early 2018, I've been anticipating reading this story for years, and it was absolutely worth the wait. Vivid imagery throughout the book immerses you fully in Ly's journey, and its a roller coaster of emotion. I found myself empathizing with her immigrant experience which she describes so aptly, and rooting for her as she rose up to challenge after challenge. Poverty, schooling, mental health, and even a basic lack of corrective vision forced a burden of responsibility on Ly earlier than most. An amazing story and an amazing human.