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The Benton Library: The Slow Movement

At The Benton Apartments in Santa Clara, we embrace slow living. This does not mean we do everything slow. Instead, we find the right rhythm to suit our day. We are proactive. We look to nature for cues, matching our tempo to the sights and sounds around us. Slow living is our way of being more productive, efficient, and mindful.

The Benton Library: The Slow Movement
The Leasing Office and Co-Working Space at The Benton

With the slow living movement in mind, we have curated a collection of books. These books are available to lend in our leasing office, completely complimentary. Stop by for a hot cup of coffee and a book, and then kick back in our courtyard hammocks.

Peak Performance, by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and writer who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how you can achieve your best.
 – Penguin Random House

The Benton Library: The Slow Movement
The Central Courtyard with Volleyball Green and Hammock Lounge at The Benton

Stillness is the Key, by Ryan Holiday

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness–to be steady while the world spins around you.

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history’s greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.
– Penguin Random House

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

In Essentialism, Greg McKeown draws on experience and insight from working with the leaders of the most innovative companies in the world to show how to achieve the disciplined pursuit of less.

By applying more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy, and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.

Essentialism isn’t one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a discipline you apply constantly, effortlessly. Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life. It is an idea whose time has come.

The Benton Library: The Slow Movement
The Think Tank at The Benton

In Praise of Slow, by Carl Honoré

In this engaging and entertaining exploration, award-winning journalist and rehabilitated speedaholic Carl Honoré details our perennial love affair with efficiency and speed in a perfect blend of anecdotal reportage, history, and intellectual inquiry. In Praise of Slowness is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide Slow movements making their way into the mainstream -- in offices, factories, neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and schools. Defining a movement that is here to stay, this spirited manifesto will make you completely rethink your relationship with time.

The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda

Finally, we are learning that simplicity equals sanity. We're rebelling against technology that's too complicated, DVD players with too many menus, and software accompanied by 75-megabyte "read me" manuals. The iPod's clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip. But sometimes we find ourselves caught up in the simplicity paradox: we want something that's simple and easy to use, but also does all the complex things we might ever want it to do. In The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design—guidelines for needing less and actually getting more.

The Benton Library: The Slow Movement
The Clubhouse Kitchen and Dining Space at The Benton

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