The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything (Stephen M.R. Covey)

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The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

“Stephen M.R. Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients and, employees—is essential to a successful organization.

With nearly 750,000 copies in print, this instant classic shows that establishing trust is ‘the one thing that changes everything’ (Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) in both business and life.

Trust, says Stephen M.R. Covey, is the very basis of the new global economy, and he shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and constituents—is the essential ingredient for any high-performance, successful organization. Continue reading…

The Dawn of Christianity: People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic (Robert C. Knapp)

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The Dawn of Christianity: People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic

“Ordinary people of antiquity interacted with the supernatural through a mosaic of beliefs and rituals. Exploring everyday life from 200 BCE to the end of the first century CE, Robert Knapp shows that Jews and polytheists lived with the gods in very similar ways. Traditional interactions provided stability even in times of crisis, while changing a relationship risked catastrophe for the individual, his family, and his community. However, people in both traditions did at times leave behind their long-honored rites to try something new. Continue reading…

The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations (Thomas Morris)

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The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations

“For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. The following decades saw the mysteries of the heart exposed, thanks to pioneering surgeons, brave patients and even sacrificial dogs. In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stories of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity: the trail-blazing ‘blue baby’ procedure that transformed wheezing infants into pink, healthy children; the first human heart transplant, which made headline news around the globe. Continue reading…

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment (Yanis Varoufakis)

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Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

“What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe’s hidden agenda and exposes what actually goes on in its corridors of power. Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the EU. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the simple logic of his arguments, he succeeded only in provoking the fury of Europe’s political, financial and media elite. Continue reading…

Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)

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Everything, Everything

“Risk everything… for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face… or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door… and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. Continue reading…

The Obsession (Nora Roberts)

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The Obsession

“Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Continue reading…

A Theory of Justice (John Rawls)

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A Theory of Justice

“Since it appeared in 1971, John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice has become a classic. The author has now revised the original edition to clear up a number of difficulties he and others have found in the original book.

Rawls aims to express an essential part of the common core of the democratic tradition—justice as fairness—and to provide an alternative to utilitarianism, which had dominated the Anglo-Saxon tradition of political thought since the nineteenth century. Rawls substitutes the ideal of the social contract as a more satisfactory account of the basic rights and liberties of citizens as free and equal persons. Continue reading…

16th Seduction (James Patterson & Maxine Paetro)

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16th Seduction

“Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the most explosive case of her career.

Lindsay Boxer is learning to love again. After the picture-perfect world she shared with her husband, Joe, and their beautiful young daughter shattered under the weight of Joe’s double life, Lindsay is determined to put the pieces back together. But before she can welcome Joe back with open arms, their beloved hometown of San Francisco faces a threat unlike any the city—or the country—has ever seen.

When the danger hits even closer to home, Lindsay and Joe find a common cause and spring into action, with quick results. Continue reading…

The Seth Material (Jane Roberts)

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The Seth Material

“This classic work in the area of spiritual growth contains spiritual wisdom and practical advice to solve everyday problems, expand consciousness and directly connect with your own greater knowledge and being. It includes a description of the circumstances that led to Jane Roberts speaking for the internationally acclaimed non-physical teacher known as Seth, who has written over 26 books which have been translated into numerous languages and have sold millions of copies throughout the world. This book is a mixture of enlightening excerpts from Seth, selected by topic, and accompanied by explanations from Jane Roberts.”

New Books Playground says: The Seth Material is a must-read to get an understanding of what Jane Robert’s (and Seth’s) work is all about. Continue reading…

Testimony (Scott Turow)

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Testimony

“At the age of fifty, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court—an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity—he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Continue reading…