Monday, 29 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Monday, 22 April 2013

Spellbound by Jane Green

Being True To Oneself

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.


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?


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.

Read the whole article by clicking here.

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.


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