A contemporary novel from the author of A Woman of Substance about a young woman finding herself and her place in life, in love and in the world. Valentine Denning is a courageous photojournalist on the frontline in Kosovo. Her colleagues ? Tony Hampton and American Jake Newberg ? are her comrades-in-arms, men whom she loves and trusts. One is her best friend; one her lover. In a nightmarish ambush, all three are shot, Tony fatally, and for Val an even worse nightmare begins. For there are memories and lies ? lies which force Val to find herself again by leaving her past life of heart-breaking war-danger for what seems like the gentler world of celebrity-shoots: but this too brings danger ? a famous artist whose reputation as a playboy does not steel against a powerful attraction. Valentine?s sense of searching for something leads her to retrace paths which she thought she had left behind.
The bestselling author of The Discipline of Market Leaders reveals how companies can achieve sustained growth.
In their 1995 blockbuster The Discipline of Market Leaders, Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema explained how great companies dominated their markets by offering superior value propositions. Now Treacy is back with an equally groundbreaking book-revealing how great companies master growth each year and how all businesses can identify and exploit opportunities for increased revenues, gross margins, and profits.
Treacy's main point is simple-it really is possible to grow your business by 10 percent or more, year after year, in good times and bad, without cheating. Great companies already know how to do it, and the rest of us can learn their strategies and do the same thing. Using case studies from industry leaders such as Dell Computer, Home Depot, and GE, he shows the five steps that are imperative to ensure growth:
• keep the growth you have already earned • look for growth where it's likely to be found • take business from your competitors
Treacy believes that any business can grow at a consistent double-digit rate, and with Double-Digit Growth, managers and investors now have the tools to achieve that lofty goal and maintain corporate success.
In this landmark book on the creative process, the bestselling author ofThe Artist's Wayreveals the intricate soul work artists must undertake in order to find inspiration. InThe Sound of Paper, Julia Cameron delves deep into the heart of the personal struggles that all artists face. What can we do when we face our keyboard or canvas with nothing but a cold emptiness? How can we begin to carve out our creation when our vision and drive are clouded by life's uncertainties? In other words, how can we begin the difficult work of being an artist? Drawing upon her many years of personal experience as both an artist and a teacher, Julia Cameron guides readers to a place where they can find the strength and courage to create. Demonstrating how this involves a process of constant renewal, of starting from the beginning, she writes, "When we are building a life from scratch, we must dig a little. We must be like that hen scratching the soil: 'What goodness is hidden here, just below the surface?' we must ask." With exercises designed to develop the power to infuse one's art with a deeply informed knowledge of the soul, this book is an essential artist's companion from one of the foremost authorities on the creative process. Julia Cameron's most illuminating book to date,The Sound of Paperprovides readers with a spiritual path for creating the best work of their lives.
Landesman's second novel (after The Raven), about 48 hours in the life of a dissolute New York attorney, offers a literate and menacing new perspective on the noirish territory already staked out by such writers as George V. Higgins. Nathan Stein, the son and partner of a powerful, corrupt defense lawyer, staggers through a singularly bad day, cutting his losses when "there is nothing left to cut." Not only is he physically and spiritually ill, but one of his many mistresses is dying, he is the prime suspect in his secretary's murder and a few of his shady deals and broken promises are coming back to haunt him. As his world implodes, Nathan's overactive beeper becomes a nagging, prosthetic conscience, scraping at the narrow vein of guilt that still remains in his soul. When he was a young man, Nathan flirted with culture and music and even love, but eventually, inevitably, he followed in the soiled footsteps of his father, Milton ("Stein and Stein's best and most successful defense: the irrelevance of guilt in a court of law"). While Landesman minutely examines Nathan's self-created problems, the ambitious plot sometimes creaks (for example, the homicide investigator and the murder victim may be Nathan's illegitimate siblings). Landesman's strength, however, lies in his ability to bring characters and scenes to life with economical but arresting detail. Ultimately, the novel becomes a fevered depiction of a neon-lit dystopia where the inhabitants are paralyzed by their own toxic relationships. (Jan.) FYI: Landesman's first novel, The Raven, won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer returns with a powerful tale of twins separated by fate and reunited by desitiny.
It is Hartford, Connecticut, in the late 1940's, and a set of twins is separated at birth by a desperate nurse. Nat Cartwright goes home with his parents, a schoolteacher and an insurance salesman. But his twin brother is to begin his days as Fletcher Andrew Davenport, son of a wealthy CEO and his society wife. During the years that follow, the two brothers grow up unaware of each other's existence. Nat leaves college at the University of Connecticut to serve in Vietnam. Returning a war hero, he finishes school and goes on to become a successful bank executive. Fletcher, meanwhile, has graduated from Yale University and distinguishes himself as a criminal defense lawyer before he is elected a senator. As their lives unfold, both men are confronted with tragedy and betrayal, loss and hardship, all the time overcoming life's obstacles to become the men they are destined to be.
In the tradition of Jeffrey Archer's most popular books, SONS OF FORTUNE is as much a chronicle of a nation in transition as it is the story of the making of these two men - and how, eventually, they come to find each other . . .
In The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Amy Tan tells the story of women through the generations, about their voiceless-ness and helplessness and how they overcome it. The story also throws light on cultural issues that Chinese women and children of Chinese origin face in America.
The protagonist Ruth is not one of those strong, will-get-what-I-want sort of women – not exactly admirable. Understandably, considering her eccentric mother, she has trouble trusting and communicating with the people she loves.
Synopsis: Ruth is a ghost writer who lives with her long-term boyfriend (Art) and his two children from an earlier marriage. Ruth’s mother LuLing seems to be getting more muddled every day and is exhibiting signs of dementia. While caring for her mother, Ruth finds a bunch of papers where her mother has penned down her story – the true version. Ruth gets these pages translated and learns about her mother’s life and about her grandmother Precious Auntie and comes to understand her mother and forgive her.
Against the backdrop of a small town in China, culture, superstition and forgotten arts like bonesetting and ink making, LuLing and Precious Auntie’s stories get revealed. Precious Auntie was a bonesetter’s daughter, and due to a series of unfortunate events is unable to claim her daughter as her own. Having lost her power of speech, she is rather helpless and powerless to have a hand in the fate of her daughter. The motif repeats with Precious Auntie leaving her daughter a long letter that explains how her life turned out the way it did.
Although the book is named for Precious Auntie, the bonesetter’s daughter, the most interesting stories are those of LuLing and her sister GaoLing. Their adventures in China and escape to America overcoming great odds, is a great story.
Written communication is the link between all three women – both LuLing and Precious Auntie use the written word to pass on their life story to their daughter. While Precious Auntie writes to pass on what she knows is the truth, LuLing writes to make sure she doesn’t forget. In telling her daughter the real story, she ensures that her story is not forgotten.
What is jarring in the story line is Ruth’s cavalier attitude towards all the writing that her mother hands to her. Being a writer, I would expect her to show more respect for the written word, whether it’s in English or Chinese. I also would have liked her better if she had stood up more forcefully to Art and his daughters, but then I guess the story would have been an entirely different one.
Refusing to apologise after an impulsive affair with a student, David Lurie, a 52 year old professor in Cape Town, seeks refuge on his daughter’s farm where a savage and disturbing attack brings into relief the faults in their relationship. Pitching the moral code of political correctness against the values of Romantic poetry, Disgrace examines dichotomies both in personal relationships and in the unaccountability of one culture towards another.
Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. The time has come to end the staged madness . . . but can it really be stopped? Master storyteller Diana Wynne Jones serves up twists and turns, introduces Querida, Derk, Blade, and Shona and a remarkable cast of wizards, soldiers, kings, dragons, and griffins, and mixes in a lively dash of humor. With all the ingredients of high fantasy, this unforgettable novel will delight fans old and new.
I finished this book, number 12 on the all time best, English fiction list. It had a slow start, but in the end, profoundly insightful and moving.
In a nutshell,
Woman meets an attractive man at a dance. Marries him a year later. He is a miner who's life depressed the hell out of him. He becomes an alcoholic shell. His wife's knight becomes the night to her.
She seeks her life through her kids, especially a son named Paul. She becomes obsessed with Paul, and creates a co-dependency of convenience.
There is an invisible force-field, between Paul and the women that he loves. He has no insight why his love torments himself and the women, yet, he can not have them.
His mother dies . . . he dies emotionally. One of the women who loves him too dies (emotionally), because Paul can only be a shell without his mother.
His relationship was never incestuous with his mother on a physical front, but certainly it was on an emotional one.
Here is some of the brilliant writing of Lawrence, the very last page of the book. This was some time, maybe a few years after the death of his mother. On this night he ran into one of the women he loved so dearly but could not have (and she remained faithful to him for years without ever seeing him again). The hope at the end (and it isn't clear) that he returns to find her.
Notice the desperation of the soul without God . . that which attempts to live in the impersonal universe. Paul gave up all belief in God at an early age.
Hot shot young lawyer Bill Holden and his wife Becca move with their four year old daughter to the booming, gold-rush city of Shanghai, a place of enormous wealth and crushing poverty, of opportunity and temptation, where fortunes are made and foreign marriages come apart in spectacular fashion.
Bill′s law firm houses the Holden family in Paradise Mansions - a luxury apartment block in Shanghai′s Gubei New Area, where in a curious revival of the concubine system newly rich Chinese men install their second wives - fabulous young beauties like JinJin Li, ex-school teacher, crossword addict, would-be TV presenter, dedicated roller skater and the Holdens′ glamorous neighbour.
After Becca witnesses a tragedy that awakens her to the reality of life beyond the bright lights and glitzy surface of the city, she despairs of life as a Shanghailander and returns temporarily to London with Holly - and Bill and JinJin are thrown together.
But can a western lawyer steal a Chinese millionaire′s mistress? How does a man give up his wife when she is also his best friend? And how can a loving father ever walk out on his child? He wants to be a better man than the millionaire who keeps JinJin Li as a blue chip bit on the side. But, in the end, will he treat her any better and give her the love she deserves? And when Becca returns to the city can either of them ever recover from the cost of straying?
My Favourite Wife is a book about China, a country emerging from the dark ages of poverty and crippling ideology into an era of fabulous wealth. A book about the men and women of our time - their struggles, their joys and their secret longings. Above all it is a book about where sex, romance and obsession ends, and where true love begins.