The Man I Think I Know: A feel-good, uplifting story of the most unlikely friendship (Mike Gayle)

This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author Mike Gayle, for fans of The Keeper of Lost Thingsand Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike’s distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being. Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side. He likes to know what happens next. Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return. The past is about to catch up with both of them in a way that which will change their lives forever, unexpectedly. But redemption can come in the most unlikely ways. Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

Value-Based Fees: How to Charge – and Get – What You’re Worth (The Ultimate Consultant Series) (Alan Weiss)

“Value is often a function of not agreeing, not being supportive, and not being a ‘yes person.’ How willing are you to disagree, question basic premises, and refuse impossible expectations?” (22). “No one cares, really, about how good you are. Clients care about how good they are going to be when you’re done with them” (56). “If you can’t articulate your own value, you can’t very well suggest value-based fees. Look in the mirror, and practice on the toughest buyer of all. The first sale is to yourself” (74). “It’s not the buyer’s job to tell you about ‘needs.’ In well-run organizations, there may well be no pressing issues. It’s the consultant’s job to demonstrate need in improving the client’s condition through new and better performance” (135).    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

Sleeping Beauties (Stephen King)

The book is based in the town of Dooling in Appalachia. Circumstances arise where all of the female population cannot wake from their sleep – hence the title. A strange, mystical woman enters the town and before long it is realized that she can sleep and wake when she needs to. As the men try to keep their lives together without the women, it is not long before the blame for the eerie circumstances are laid squarely at the feet of the newcomer – Evie Black as she calls herself. Evie is more secretive than the inner workings of Amazon as she sets about playing good against bad to achieve her goals. The culmination of Evie’s will and the townsmen’s testosterone-fuelled response is akin to a minor civil war – haha lesson taught!! This is how men behave and react. OK, guys unclench those fists – check out the authors again – yep, Stephen and Owen King. Guys like us so don’t go blowing off steam about bloody feminists or any other crap. And if you still feel riled just take solace in the fact that this is, at the end of the day, just a fictional novel. So to…

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (Dee Brown)

This was a remarkably depressing book. It is the sort of book that shows over and over again that there was literally nothing the Native Americans could have done to protect themselves from the all consuming and endlessly veracious greed of the European settlers. Just about every ‘tactic’ imaginable was used by the Native Americans – from treaties to war to abject capitulation – and nothing made any difference. The final result was always the same. This is a tale of genocide. It is a tale in which some of the greatest American heroes – including Abraham Lincoln and General Custer, are shown as being responsible by their action or inaction for this genocide. This book has been much criticised, often on the basis of not being ‘balanced’, particularly in not acknowledging what else was going on in the country at the time that made certain actions of the government more or less inevitable. And, to be honest, I don’t know nearly enough about American history to give an informed opinion on that question, but what is virtually impossible to ignore is the effect of US government actions and inactions throughout this period and that effect was invariably the same…

Moloka’i (Alan Brennert)

Separated from everything dear to her, the heroine of this book, Rachel, learns at a young age that life can still provide her with simple joys—and profound fulfillment. And though she spends many moments peeking into the abyss of despair, she also spends moments rescuing others from the black chasm of regret. She encounters those who choose to allow their circumstances to define them, bitterness festering into hatred, until they are a shell of a human. She meets those who allow bitterness to overcome them despite the blessings and freedom she has longed so desperately for. This novel highlights that the human race is endowed with the ability to choose happiness…or to choose despair: “God didn’t give man wings; He gave him the brain and the spirit to give himself wings,” counsels Rachel’s friend. “Just as He gave us the capacity to laugh when we hurt, or to struggle on when we feel like giving up. I’ve come to believe that how we choose to live with pain, or injustice, or death…is the true measure of the Divine within us. Some … choose to do harm to themselves and others. Others … bear up under their pain and help others…

Sparks Like Ours (Melissa Brayden)

A weird thing happened when I turned to this book. I was getting flashes of the most recent previous work I’d read, unexpected as I didn’t expect any real similarity. I kind of had a ‘darn’ moment there, but the fact that both books start off with a heterosexual woman and a lesbian eyeballing each other is similar-ish, but everything else was/is different. For one, in the previous book they were eyeballing each other with lust; while here, this book here, they were eyeballing each other as rivals – enemy-like, though a few degrees back from enemies. For another, I rather liked how things unfolded here more than in the previous book. In terms of how the people involved gradually came to some realizations, dealt with some internal and external issues, and eventually came together. Instead of the insta-lust of the other book I’ve not named. This is the third book in Brayden’s California based Seven Shores series that follows four friends as they find love and happiness. Book one, ‘Eyes Like Those’, followed Isabel Chase, writer, and Taylor Andrews, producer (with Isabel being the ‘Seven Shores’ friend, though she’s newly arrived in California at the start of the book).…

How to Become a Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients (Jeffrey J. Fox)

Very solid for how short it is. My three main points from it: 1. „Never forget: Everybody is somebody’s somebody“ Meaning you never know who the person in front of you might know. 2. „Why should the customer do business with us?“ + Know that the customer does not care about you. Common sense but great reminders 3. „Dollarize“ the reason to buy. Meaning give the customer a clear number of dollars saved by choosing your solution. + Do a investment return analysis.    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons (Mike Reiss, Matthew Klickstein)

A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you’re a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not really into the Simpsons (who?!), everybody can get some laughs from the book while learning how this animated show is made. Despite the jokes about the writer’s room (people sleeping or doing crosswords all day) it’s awesome to see how much work really goes into the writing for this specific show because the author and his writing partner are so dedicated to getting the joke just right every time. I’ve hardly known TV without the Simpsons being part of it so reading this book has me digging through boxes in the basement for early season Simpsons DVDs…time to revisit some classics! Thanks so much to goodreads and Dey Street Books for the advanced copy of this book.    Support this site by buying the book through the links below. Thank you very much!    Buy now on eBay    Buy now on Amazon

You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Jen Sincero)

Jen Sincero is a badass who woke up from her mundane existence (THE BIG SNOOZE) and began throwing all her money, time and energy into the process of getting her true life back on track. This book is like the cliff notes or the cheat sheet to all self help books everywhere. Which is why I loved it!! Instead of drawing out the formula to spirituality and meditation she gives you snippets of doable and less intimidating passages. This helps you take the beginning steps toward your badass-ary instead of feeling overwhelmed by information and running in the opposite direction. Jen Sincero is not reinventing the wheel when it comes to the tried and true methods of getting out your own way and opening yourself up to possibilities of life. Which she is fully aware of, she’s just giving you a simplified beginners guide to stop with the excuse and start making the changes you need TODAY! This book is a fountain of wisdom and QUOTES!! I love me some inspirational quotes! Some of my faves are as followed; We only get to be in our bodies for a limit of time why not celebrate the journey instead of waiting…

When We Sleep (Ernesto Lee)

‘I finally gave into the fact that my dreams were no longer just dreams.’ Ernesto H Lee shares little biographical information but we learn so much about him form his writing of his dreams and their influence on his life that we feel as though we know him well by book’s end. His language has that hint of UK origin and he does mention at one point that he lives in Dubai. The rest unfolds as he relates dreams. He opens his book with an Introduction that offers the raison d’être – ‘When we sleep, we all dream, don’t we? However, what influences the content and the outcome of a dream? Our experiences, what we have seen, what we have done, what we have heard? Perhaps however, our emotions, our fears and our desires also have a big part to play. For as long as I can remember, I have been a frenetic dreamer, anything and everything, from the mundane to the downright bizarre. Nothing is taboo in my dreams, I dream of war, past experiences, violence, running, being chased, meeting long ago friends, family members, girlfriends, romance, sex, foreign places, foreign languages, the list just goes on and on.…