the name of the book is rules for the unruly:living an unconventional life. the author's name is marion winik.
her seven rules are:
the path is not straight, mistakes need not be fatal, people are more important than achievements or possessions, be gentle with your parents, never stop doing what you care about most, learn to use a semicolon, and you will find love.
i feel like this is one of those books that can change your outlook on things. its a quick read at 186 pages. i think everyone should go out and read it.