Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Books by Alexander McCall Smith, Henning Mankell, Dean Koontz and Susan Lewis

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Title: The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Synopsis: Modern ideas get tangled up with traditional ones in the latest intriguing installment in the beloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice. The opening of her new salon has been shadowed by misfortune. Not only has she received a bad omen in the mail, but rumors are swirling that the salon is using dangerous products that burn people’s skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business?

Meanwhile, at the office, Mma Ramotswe has noticed something different about Grace Makutsi lately. Though Mma Makutsi has mentioned nothing, it has become clear that she is pregnant . . . But in Botswana—a land where family has always been held above all else—this may be cause for controversy as well as celebration.

With genuine warmth, sympathy, and wit, Alexander McCall Smith explores some tough questions about married life, parenthood, grief, and the importance of the traditions that shape and guide our lives.


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The Shadow Girls

Title: The Shadow Girls
Author: Henning Mankell 
Synopsis: Jesper Humlin is a mildly famous author and poet with lackluster book sales. Not even his editor will support his artistic vision, suggesting instead that he start writing crime novels in the place of poetry. In his travels, Humlin encounters three women who will change his worldview. All three have fled their home countries and settled in Sweden: Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and Tea-Bag from Nigeria. The women look to Humlin for guidance in telling their stories, learning how to shape the tales of their journeys and sacrifices. Both social comedy and social tragedy ensue from these efforts, but in the end Humlin, Leyla, Tanya and Tea-Bag all find that they have helped change one another.

The Shadow Girls is an absorbing tale of how a diverse society changes—and is changed by—its citizens, whoever they are.


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Wilderness (Short Story)

Title: Wilderness (Short Story)
Author: Dean Koontz
Synopsis: “The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries.”

Addison Goodheart is a mystery even to himself. He was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. She is haunted by private demons and keeps many secrets—none of which she dreads more than the young son who adores her.

Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever . . .


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The Truth About You


Title: The Truth About You
Author: Susan Lewis
Synopsis: Lainey Hollingsworth is the anchor in her home. In addition to managing her husband’s writing career, she oversees the daily operations of a chaotic family: a rebellious teenage daughter, a stepson who blames her for ruining his life, and an adoptive father afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

Lainey always had a volatile relationship with her mother, who never revealed the truth about Lainey’s biological father, or the reason she fled Italy for England when Lainey was an infant.

As Lainey plans a trip to her mother’s homeland in search of answers, the familiar rhythm of life implodes when she receives a cryptic text message: Ask your husband about Julia. Suddenly caught between the ghosts of her past and a frighteningly unpredictable future, Lainey must face choices no woman would ever want to make.


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Monday, 11 November 2013

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Monday, 2 September 2013

List of Best Sellers by The New York Times

Below these lines you can read a list of the books who have become best sellers. This list has been done by The New York Times.
  1. THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown)
  2. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
  3. WICKED FIRSTS, by Elisabeth Naughton and others. (Indie Six)
  4. MISTRESS, by James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown)
  5. HIGH HEAT, by Lee Child. (Delacorte)
  6. THE SILENT WIFE, by A. S. A. Harrison. (Penguin)
  7. INFERNO, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday)
  8. NIGHT FILM, by Marisha Pessl. (Random House)
  9. THE BONE SEASON, by Samantha Shannon. (Bloomsbury)
  10. UNLOCKED, by Maya Cross. (Maya Cross)
  11. THE THIRD KINGDOM, by Terry Goodkind. (Tor/Tom Doherty)
  12. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead)
  13. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown)
  14. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card. (Tor/Tom Doherty)
  15. THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, by Lene Kaaberbol. (Soho Press)
  16. THE ENGLISH GIRL, by Daniel Silva (Harper)
  17. RUIN, by Rachel Van Dyken (Rachel Van Dyken)
  18. THE KILL LIST, by Frederick Forsyth (Putnam)
  19. DUST, by Hugh Howey (Hugh Howey)
  20. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)
  21. FREEFALL, by Tess Oliver (Tess Oliver)
  22. ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM, by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)
  23. BURN, by Maya Banks (Berkley)
  24. A MIND TO MURDER, by P.D. James (Touchstone)
  25. SECOND HONEYMOON, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Little, Brown)
Source: The New York Times


Monday, 5 August 2013

Blog Update

This blog will be updated in September.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cooking Books for this Summer

Everyday Barbecue

Title: Everyday Barbecue
Authors: Myron Mixon and Kelly Alexander 
Synopsis: As the winningest man in barbecue, a New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and a judge on the hit show BBQ Pitmasters on Discovery’s Destination America, Myron Mixon knows more about smoking meat than any man alive. And now he’s on a mission to prove to home cooks everywhere that they can make great barbecue any day of the week—in the comfort of their own backyard or kitchen, no matter their skill level. Across the country at competitions and in his Pride & Joy Bar-B-Que restaurants, Mixon has proven that no other pitmaster’s food can touch his when he’s behind a smoker. But he doesn’t need fancy equipment to do it: He can cook delicious barbecue with any grill, smoker, or oven, even on the busiest weeknight, and you’ll be able to, too, with the nearly 150 recipes in Everyday Barbecue. Armed with Mixon’s advice and tips, you’ll discover that barbecue isn’t just for the Fourth of July and Labor Day; it’s for any day you feel like cooking it. So fire up your grill and get ready to cook incredible barbecue favorites such as Ribs the Easy Way, Myron’s Dr Pepper Can Chicken, and The King Rib sandwich and adventurous backyard fare like Pork Belly Sliders and Barbecue-Fried Baby Backs, plus leftover inspirations, delectable deserts, and even some drunken recipes!

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Saving the Season

Title: Saving the Season
Author: Kevin West 
Synopsis: Strawberry jam. Pickled beets. Homegrown tomatoes. These are the tastes of Kevin West’s Southern childhood, and they are the tastes that inspired him to “save the season,” as he traveled from the citrus groves of Southern California to the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts and everywhere in between, chronicling America’s rich preserving traditions.

Here, West presents his findings: 220 recipes for sweet and savory jams, pickles, cordials, cocktails, candies, and more; plus 300 full-color photographs. From Classic Apricot Jam to Green Tomato Chutney; from Pickled Asparagus with Tarragon and Green Garlic to Scotch Marmalade, Saving the Season is the ultimate guide for cooks — from the novice to the professional — and the only book you need to save (and savor) the season throughout the entire year.


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The Perfect Peach

Title: The Perfect Peach
Authors: David Mas Masumoto, Marcy Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto 
Synopsis: Enjoy the luscious versatility of summer’s finest fruit with fifty sweet and savory dishes.

The Masumoto family’s amazing heirloom peaches—which are available for a few weeks each year at the best produce markets and top restaurants in the country—are widely considered the best peaches in the world. Their debut cookbook gathers the family’s favorite recipes, from classics like Hearty Peach Cobbler, Peach Chutney, and Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos to inspired combinations such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches, Caprese with Peaches, Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops and Grilled Peaches, and Stuffed French Toast. And the pristine flavor of a just-picked summer peach can be enjoyed year-round with the easy-to-follow instructions for drying, canning, freezing, or jamming the best of the harvest.

With rich recipe and location photographs fresh from the orchard, this beautiful cookbook paints an intricate portrait of an organic farm that has been in the family for four generations. Accompanied by eloquent essays that evoke the soul of family farming and the nuances of a life filled with peaches, The Perfect Peach is for anyone who longs to savor the flavor of a pristinely ripe peach.


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Monday, 27 May 2013

Interview to Anita Grace Howard

Anita Grace Howard

Anita Grace Howard is the author of the novel Splintered. It has been translated to Spanish and recently published by Oz Editorial, a new publishing house.

I invite you to read this interview and get to know more about the author and her book.


Question: How do you feel about your book Splintered getting translated and published in a foreign country?

I’m thrilled that my characters and story will live on in other languages! Not only is it launching in Spain, but at present it’s also sold to Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, and Turkey.


Q: How did Oz Editorial, a new Spanish publishing house, contact you?

My agent has foreign subagents, and Oz contacted them.


Q: In Spain, when an author wants to publish his/her book, they usually send the manuscript to publishing houses. What did you do get published?

We get literary agents who act as the key keepers to the publisher’s golden gates. They get us priority so we’re on the top of the publishers’ read piles.


Q: Which novels or writers have influenced you as a writer?

There are more than I can list, but here are my top six: Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Charlotte Bronte, Melissa Marr, Christina Rossetti, and of course Lewis Carroll.


Q: What kind of books do you like reading?

Mainly dark fantasies, gothic horror, and fairytale adaptations. It’s very important for writers to read. Reading other writers’ work helps you realize what genres you're drawn to, what kind of story telling appeals to you, and how story arcs unfold. Reading makes you a better writer, and in turn shapes what kind of stories you write.


Q: and when do you like to write?

I write best when I’m in my office at home, listening to music. I can write any time, but late at night is my favourite since the house is quiet and there’s nothing I need to do for anyone. When I’m under deadline, I often write 8-12 hours a day, and that includes weekends.


Q: Where do you get inspiration from?

I'm a visual writer, so I'll see something intriguing that spurs a story idea--whether it be a live scene, a picture, a movie, or even an unusual arrangement of words.


Q: There are people who sit down in front of the computer screen and start typing but everything they write they end deleting it because they do not like it. What would you say to these people?

FINISH SOMETHING. ;) That’s the best advice I can give any aspiring writer. One of my favourite sayings is: “In writing, the journey is the destination.” You’re never going to get anywhere if you keep erasing all of your tracks.


Q: And what would you recommend to those people who used to write and enjoyed but have lost their inspiration?

Find other artistic venues. Sewing, gardening, painting, drawing, reading, decorating, anything that keeps your creative juices flowing. As long as you don’t let the well dry up, you’ll be able to return to writing again someday when something triggers that passion again. Just don’t stop imagining and creating.


Q: Which Young Adult novels are your favourite?

That’s hard to answer! I have so many. Here are a few: Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr; Stardust by Neil Gaiman; The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis; The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff; Beastly by Alex Flinn; Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer.


Q: What makes Splintered different from the ones you have already mentioned?

Throughout the book, Alyssa often turns to her mother’s copy of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) to help her solve riddles. I’m hoping this will set my book apart from other fairytale spinoffs. From what I’ve seen, Splintered is one of the few YAs that attempts to be a companion novel/continuation to its original literary predecesor.


Q: What will your future readers find inside the pages of Splintered?

Morbidly vivid settings and memorable characters including:
  1. Alyssa Gardner, great great great granddaughter of Alice Liddell -– a skater girl who can talk to bugs and hear their whispers. To keep herself from going crazy like her mother, Alyssa does the only thing she can to silence them: capture and smother them in bug traps then turn their corpses into artwork.
  2. Alyssa’s best friend/secret crush, Jebediah Holt -- a bad boy with a knight’s heart. He rides a souped-up Honda CT70, wears a lip labret, and is a painter of gothic faeries.
  3. Morpheus, Alyssa’s sexy-but-enigmatic guide through Wonderland’s warped landscape -- a fae-like creature whose wardrobe, and smug sneer were heavily influenced by two of my favorite anti-heroes in fantasy movies: Jareth from The Labyrinth, and the Crow from, you guessed it … The Crow.
  4. Last but not least, creepy, warped counterparts of familiar characters from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat, to name a few.

Web of Anita Grace Howard

Web of Oz Editorial

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Interview to Maureen McGowan

Maureen McGowan

Maureen McGowan is the author of the novel DEVIANTS (The Dust Chronicles, Book One). It has been translated to Spanish and recently published by Oz Editorial, a new publishing house.

I invite you to read this interview and get to know more about the author and her book.


Question: How do you feel about your books getting translated and published in a foreign country?

I’m very excited that the books will be available in other languages! Especially Spanish and French because I studied those languages in school. (Sadly, I am far from fluent in either language.)


Q: How did Oz Editorial, a new Spanish publishing house, contact you?

The offer to publish the books in Spanish came through my literary agency.


Q: In Spain, when an author wants to publish his/her book, they usually send the manuscript to publishing houses. What did you do the first time you got published?

I sent query letters to a small number of literary agents. Two were interested in representing me and I am very happy with the choice I made. After we decided to work together, my fabulous agent, Charlie Olsen, helped me land my publishing contracts.


Q: Which novels or writers have influenced you as a writer?

Oh, so many. I love Margaret Atwood, especially her sci-fi novels, and I also love the late Canadian author, Robertson Davies. More recently, I absolutely loved The Hunger Games and in many ways it opened my eyes to how much the Young Adult area of fiction has changed since I was a teen, and how exciting the books have become—even for adult readers. Books written for teens these days might be about teenagers, but they’re definitely not juvenile and not just for teen readers.


Q: Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are the main characters of Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer and Cinderella: Ninja Warrior. Are you going to write more books of other fairy tale characters?

I hope so! I really enjoyed writing those books and flipping the traditional fairy tales so that the heroines were capable of saving themselves. But the choose-your-own-adventure aspect of those novels made them very complicated to write.


Q: There are people who sit down in front of the computer screen and start typing but everything they write they end deleting it because they do not like it. What would you say to these people?

Don’t reject yourself! It’s important to strive to improve, but if you never show your work to anyone, or complete anything, you’ll never get anywhere in publishing. If you love to write and want to be published, at some point you need to share what you’ve done with others. Be brave, know that you can never please everyone, and get used to accepting constructive criticism.


Q: And what would you recommend to those people who used to write and enjoyed but have lost their inspiration?

Sometimes you need a break to re-fill your creative well, so to speak. So don’t be too hard on yourself. But if you really want to get back into writing, yet feel blocked, my advice is to get your seat in the chair, your fingers on the keyboard (or a pen in your hand) and write something/anything. Eventually the creative juices will start to flow.


Q: Where do you get inspiration from?

I find inspiration for stories everywhere.


Q: Where and when do you like to write?

I often write at coffee shops and I get my best work done in the afternoon and evenings. (I am not a morning person. At all.)


Q: How many books are going to be the The Dust Chronicles Saga?

Glory’s story will span three books, but there are many opportunities for other stories set in this world, so there could be more in the future.


Q: Which science fiction and fantasy novels do you recommend?

In the Young Adult market, two of my favourite science fiction or fantasy novels from the past couple of years are For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Another of my all-time favourite science fiction novels is Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood. I’m currently reading Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi and I’m loving it as well.


Q: What makes Deviants different from the ones you have already mentioned?

Deviants delivers heart pounding action with lots of twists and turns, plus high emotional stakes and a dangerous romance. Some might call it plot-driven but at it’s core, Deviants is about a girl whose emotions can kill, who’s faced with emotionally charged situations. The teenage years are a highly emotional time for most girls, and with this series, I explore how it would feel if those heightened emotions become dangerous.


Q: What will your future readers find inside the pages of Deviants?

Heart-pounding action, steamy romance, scab-covered monsters, genetic mutations all set in a city run like a corporation.
Overall, I hope they’ll find an interesting world, an exciting story and a compelling fast-paced read. I think Deviants is also unique in the way it blends several different genres.
Deviants is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller, set in a dystopian future, with elements of both romance and horror.




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Friday, 3 May 2013

Amazon Buys Goodreads


Amazon is growing and it seems it has acquired Goodreads a social network for readers.


Amazon Acquires Goodreads, Twitter Shock Ensues

March 28, 2013

By Hannah Johnson

Amazon.com announced on Thursday that it would acquire Goodreads, a social networking site for readers and book recommendations. With 16 million members and 23 million book reviews on the site, Goodreads is hub for avid readers and one of the leading sites where publishers promote books.

Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler appears regularly at publishing conferences to present data on how Goodreads users share, recommend and buy books. With a limited number of sources for focused data like this, Chandler’s willingness to share this valuable data is a boon to many book marketers and publicists.


Read the whole piece of news on PublishingPerspectives.com by clicking here.


Monday, 29 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Monday, 22 April 2013

Spellbound by Jane Green

Being True To Oneself


Spellbound
A few years ago I read Spellbound in Spanish. It was the first novel I read of Jane Green and I enjoyed it. This month I ordered it in English through Amazon and have read it again. And, once again, it was an ejoyable reading.


Synopsis:

Alice Chambers is a woman who has everything in her life: a handsome husband, a very nice house, expensive clothes and she does not need to work at all just to use her time to keep beautiful and go to clubs and parties. But she is not happy.

Joe Chambers, her husband, is a womenizer and one day is caught at work so he's transfered from London to New York. They both hope is a fresh start. In fact, Alice gets a house in the country but the absences of her husband start again. Should she keep pretending being blind about their marriage?


The couple

Alice is 30 years old and doesn't expect a man like Joe could set eyes on a woman like her. But Joe saw a malleable person who could become a trophy wife.

[...] She was sweet, and she was grateful, which in turn made Joe feel generous and kind, rather like a benefactor. She didn't expect anything of him other than his company, and when he gave her what she wanted she seemed in a state of permanent disbelief that he would be with a girl like her. [...]

[...] Plus, he realized very quickly that Alice had a huge amount of potential. She was a lovely girl, she could cook fantastically, she'd definitely look after him, and it wouldn't take much to make her look a whole hell of a lot better. With a diet, a decent hairdresser and a new wardrove, she'd be a whole new woman by the time he'd finished with her. [...]

Alice is always ready for her husband. She goes to parties she hates, meets shallow people, dresses as Joe wants her to do and her hair is straight and blonde instead of her curly and natural color.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Are you living in a movie?

movies

Seth Godin has published a post on his blog that you may find interesting.

Title: We are not living in a movie
Click here to read it.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Mystery of Mercy Close in paperback


The Mystery of Mercy Close, one of the lastest novels written by Marian Keyes, will be available in paperback in Britain and Ireland on 11th April.



Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Interview to Elizabeth Strout on The New York Times

The Burgess Boys
The New York Times published and interview they did to Elizabeth Strout. She is asked about where does she gets the books, which books were her favourite when she was a child and more. You may like it.


Elizabeth Strout: By the Book

Published: March 28, 2013

The author of “The Burgess Boys” and “Olive Kitteridge” thinks the president should read Barbara Pym to give him “a few minutes to completely relax.”

Where and when do you like to read?

For years I did most of my reading on the F train between Brooklyn and Manhattan. I had long commutes, and I read tons of books on that train; I loved it. Now I’m not on the subway for such long stretches of time, so I do a lot of reading at home. We have a great couch. Every person who sits on that couch says it’s a great couch. When I travel — except for cars and buses because I’ll get sick — I read as soon as I sit down; it’s very helpful. There’s something about being in the private world of a book that is intensified by the bustle of the “real” world right next to it.

Are you a rereader? What book do you find yourself returning to again and again?

I do reread, kind of obsessively, partly for the surprise of how the same book reads at a different point in life, and partly to have the sense of returning to an old friend. I go through phases. For a while I was rereading the Russians quite a bit, and then I thought: Well, there’s a time issue here, I better stop this. I also reread Edith Wharton and John Cheever and Alice Munro and William Trevor, always William Trevor. Last summer I reread Hemingway. It was very strange: I felt like I’d never read “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” even though I had. I absolutely loved it.



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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Monday, 1 April 2013

Books by Sheryl Sandberg, Sally Jenkins, Elizabeth Strout and more authors

Lean In
Title: Lean In
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Synopsis: Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.









The Burgess Boys
Title: The Burgess Boys
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Synopsis: Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature.

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.







Sum It Up
Title: Sum It Up
Authors: Pat Head Summitt and Sally Jenkins
Synopsis: Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.

She owes her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She is a role model for the many women she's coached; 74 of her players have become coaches.

Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continues to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other--with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.



Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

How to mprove your Social Media Productibity



Title: 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity


9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Do you find that the daily demands of social media promotion are increasing? Our time is our most precious asset and social media is great at eating into it! Thankfully, there are several wonderful tools that can help. Here are 9 social media tools that will help you save time and improve your productivity.

1. Manage Your Relationships More Efficiently With Nimble

To be effective on social media you need to engage with people, build strong relationships, and then continue to nurture and maintain those relationships. Nimble is a social relationship management tool that is designed to help you do this.

Nimble has recently become integrated with Hootsuite so you can manage your important relationships directly from the Hootsuite dashboard. If you come across a contact in your Hootsuite stream that you want to nurture, you can easily add this contact to your Nimble acount.


Read the whole article by clicking here.


Monday, 25 March 2013

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Longlist for Women's Prize for Fiction 2013

Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 

This is the complete list:
  1. A Trick I Learned From Dead Men, Kitty Aldridge, Jonathan Cape
  2. Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson, Corvus Books
  3. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate
  4. Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver, Faber & Faber
  5. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  6. Honour, Elif Shafak, Viking
  7. How Should a Person Be? , Sheila Heti, Harvill Secker
  8. Ignorance, Michele Roberts, Bloomsbury Publishing
  9. Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam, Hutchinson
  10. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson, Doubleday
  11. Mateship With Birds, Carrie Tiffany, Picador
  12. May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes, Granta Books
  13. NW, Zadie Smith, Hamish Hamilton
  14. The Forrests, Emily Perkins, Bloomsbury Circus
  15. The Innocents, Francesca Segal, Chatto and Windus
  16. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman, Doubleday
  17. The Marlowe Papers, Ros Barber, Sceptre
  18. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, Shani Boianjiu, Hogarth
  19. The Red Book, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Virago
  20. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? , Maria Semple, Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Monday, 14 January 2013

5 Interesting Trade Publishing Trends

Publishing Perspectives 

George Lossius published an article on Publishing Perspectives about the 5 Trade Publishing Trends for the present year. These trends are:
  • 1. Consolidation as a Means of Accumulation?
  • 2. Amazon is Top Dog
  • 3. It’s all ‘APP-ening Online
  • 4. #Socialmediafail
  • 5. Exploring New Markets
Read the whole article by clicking here.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2013

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