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The Lenovo Way by Gina Qiao and Yolanda Conyers

August 8, 2014

51HsTEptFaL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_In The Lenovo Way, Senior Vice President Gina Qiao and Vice President Yolanda Conyers of Lenovo discuss the best ways of managing a diverse global company and reaching optimal performance. Since its groundbreaking acquisition of IBM’s PC business in 2005, Lenovo has been #1 in global PC sales, making this book a must-read for all future business innovators.

The Lenovo Way illustrates to business leaders how to gain market share and develop new, more efficient business models. Perhaps Lenovo’s most remarkable feature as a company is that it is has roots in both the East and the West; thus, this book is a terrific case study for the best global practices of managing a business. Moreover, it tells the story of how two women from very different backgrounds became leaders within the company, paralleling Lenovo’s rise to the top of the industry. The Lenovo Way divulges not only how to gain market shares or how to create a diverse corporate culture that transcends all borders, but perhaps more importantly, it illustrates how to lead your company successfully through the chaos of change.

“If you want to grow your business and turn global opportunity into reality, read The Lenovo Way. From the new generation of female leadership, this book shares important business lessons for a global world.” — Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media

“Through groundbreaking and innovative leadership, Lenovo has proven that ‘soft’ values can lead to huge profits. The Lenovo Way shows how they did it–and how you can too.” — Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“In The Lenovo Way, authors Gina Qiao and Yolanda Conyers have mapped a course to success for future global leaders.” — Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst


The Lenovo Way is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your local indie bookstore.


Road Tripping by Loralee Leavitt and Rick Walton

August 7, 2014

IUnknownmagine driving down an empty road in the middle of nowhere, your spouse asleep in the passenger seat, kids fighting in the back, two more hours to the next hotel you hope has a vacancy, you’re struggling to keep your eyes open, and you can’t remember the last time you ate. Just thinking about this would make even the most resilient parents second-guess the idea of taking their children on a long road trip. Is it really worth the trouble?

The truth is, any family can take a long road trip. All it takes is preparation, time behind the wheel, and determination to keep your family’s spirits up, no matter the situation. In Road Tripping: A Parent’s Guide to Planning and Surviving the Annual Car Trip, authors Loralee Leavitt and Rick Walton take you step-by-step through what you need to know to survive any situation as a family on the road. Not only do they help you decide what to pack, but they also provide resources on where to go, what to do, and how to get the best discounts. They even give tips for single parents who want to spend some quality time with their children, but aren’t sure if they could do it alone.

So don’t let that open road scare you. Take time to prepare, pack up the kids, and start out on your next, fun-filled adventure.

Road Tripping is available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and the University of Washington bookstore.

The Cat, The Vagabond And The Victim by Leann Sweeney

August 6, 2014


81nKsjjkzsLNational bestselling author of The Cat, The Mill And The Murder returns with another feline-friendly novel: The Cat, The Vagabond And The Victim centers around Clyde the cat. When Clyde travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.

But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an elderly man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape. Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.

“A charming novel that highlights the love of felines with a mystery that tugs at the heartstrings. For a mystery that features a custom cat quilter as the heroine, the novel nevertheless tackles very serious themes and contains a strong plot that engages the reader until its very satisfying conclusion.”—Kings River Life Magazine“Ms. Sweeney is a talented writer who has peopled this series with some extremely likable characters.…This series just gets better and better.”—Fresh Fiction“Leann Sweeney has written another well-plotted page-turner. I loved this book. I enjoy a good mystery that features my furry favorites as well as quirky characters.”—“I cannot recommend this series enough to animal lovers and fans of a darn good mystery. The mystery was multilayered and kept me guessing right to the end, and, as always, I’m anxious for the next Cats in Trouble book!”—Cozy Mystery Book Review

The Cat, The Vagabond And The Victim is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your local indie bookstore.

Unruly by Ja Rule

August 5, 2014

ja-ruleInternational Platinum recording star Ja Rule has sold 30 million records worldwide over his decade-long career. Audiences can’t get enough of his distinctively raw sound, addictive beats, and clever lyrics. His triumphs have brought him undreamed-of success and celebrity; his tribulations have brought him notoriety and unforgiving media attention. But who is Ja Rule?

Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man reveals the real man behind the persona that dominates the stage and emerges from his music. In this emotive page-turner, readers truly get to know the performer. Ja Rule honestly and unapologetically delves into the pain of being a fatherless child raised by a single mother, and eventually growing up to fulfill his dreams of becoming an iconic figure in hip hop and beyond. He speaks with brutal candor of his own staggering mistakes, including gun possession, senseless violence, drug dealing, petty theft, substance and alcohol abuse, and landing behind bars.

“Ja Rule’s candid, unvarnished view of guns, drugs, depression, fame, lust, love, and family and that makes this a remarkable memoir and a worthy read.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ja for years, and yet reading this book made me feel like I was meeting a new man. His struggle shave been many, but he’s come out stronger for them. Unruly is a remarkable look at someone I consider a dear friend.” – Queen Latifah, television host and author of Put On Your Crown

Unruly is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your local indie bookstore.

The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche

August 5, 2014

9781604076592In his new book The Radiance Sutras, PhD Lorin Roche presents his fresh perspective on each of the 112 Sanskrit teachings, along with his unique guidance in how to meditate with, embody, and practice them—all through what he describes as “answering the call of the sutras you love.”

Through this text, yoga and meditation students alike can nurture their own personal relationships with these living wisdom teachings. Through a warm exploration of the divinity of one’s own body, the alchemical power of Sanskrit, yoga meditation, and the depth of one’s connection to the energies of life, The Radiance Sutras encourages the reader to reconnect with both themselves as well as the ancient Sanskrit practice. Roche has both studied and practiced meditation for over 40 years and developed his own approach called “Instinctive Meditation”—there are few people more versed in the topic of Sanskrit, meditation, and yoga.


“If you are wild and longing for a more profound experience of love, this book is the perfect companion and teacher. If you’re afraid to explore the inner reaches of your heart but long for that freedom, you can trust the magnificent journey The Radiance Sutras offer. You will be blessed by this book-it will forever change you in the most positive, surprising ways.” – Judith Orloff, MD, author of The Ecstasy of Surrender


“Lorin Roche’s poetic renderings of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra are a gift to anyone who loves the inner world. They arise from the currents of his own meditation, grounded in deep practice. These verses can draw light into your sitting practice and shed wisdom into your days. Keep this book by your bed, hold its inspiration in your heart, and let these verses pulse through your life with the radiance of the tantric revelation.” – Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti


“The most inspiring rendering of the Vijnana Bhairava I have ever encountered. Juicy, hip, intelligent, and the best companion for your daily life. We all need daily reminders to ‘celebrate the boundary where body meets infinity.'” -Margot Anand, author of The Art of Everyday Ecstasy


The Radiance Sutras is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your local indie bookstore.

Matthew Inman honored with Eisner Award for “Best Digital/Webcomic” at San Diego Comic Con

July 29, 2014


Every year, a panel at San Diego Comic-Con presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (or the Eisner Awards, for short)—basically the Oscars of the comic world—honoring the best publications and creators of the previous year. Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, was nominated in two categories this year: Best Short Story (for “When Your House Is Burning Down, You Should Brush Your Teeth,” an autobiographical comic based on a childhood experience) and Best Digital/Webcomic (for his website, Inman told The Washington Post that while he thought he might have a shot at the Short Story category, he never dreamed of winning for Best Webcomic. And yet, he did. Reflecting on this incredible honor, Inman said that it’s “really great to see a digital category in the Eisners. I’ve only been cartooning for a few years, and I’ve never understood why something has to appear on paper for it to ‘count’ in the world of comics.” He also reported that the last time he won anything was during a spelling bee in the third grade, which, if true, will make this a standout trophy in a small collection: 

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The Oatmeal’s latest book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, will be available on September 30th, 2014 (but you can pre-order it now!). For more in the meantime, check out his website or follow him on Twitter.

Please Stop Helping Us By Jason L. Riley

July 17, 2014


please-stop-helping-usIn Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist. And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.

In theory these efforts are intended to help the poor—and poor minorities in particular. In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward.

Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working. Acknowledging this is an important first step.

“From affirmative action to welfare, a devastating examination of the real-life effects of good intentions gone terribly wrong. This thoughtful, lucid, and often restrained account of the wreckage produced by racial politics marks Jason Riley as one of the nation’s rising political writers.” —Charles Krauthammer, nationally syndicated columnist and Fox News commentator

“Boom! A combative, conservative shot to the jaw of liberal dogma about black America. Riley is brash in calling out the phony leaders, the false prophets. He exposes the weak thinking behind so many of the smiling faces with good intentions that lead to bad results for those of us most in need of help.” —Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 and Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate

“Jason Riley has written a superb book about government policies that are intended to help blacks, but have instead gone on to injure them with the helping hand.” —Robert L. Woodson Sr., founder and president, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Please Stop Helping Us is available from Barnes & NobleAmazon, and your local indie bookstore.



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