The first nonfiction work by acclaimed novelist Julia Alvarez--twenty-four personal essays on the experience of immigration and the writing life.
The rich and revealing essays in Something to Declare offer Julia Alvarez's dual meditations on coming to America and becoming a writer. In the first section, "Customs," Alvarez relates how she and her family fled the Dominican Republic and its oppressive dictator, Rafael Trujillo, settling in New York City in the 1960s. Here Julia begins a love affair with the English language under the tutelage of the aptly named Sister Maria Generosa. Part Two--"Declarations"--celebrates Alvarez's enduring passion for the writing life. From the valentine to mythic storyteller Scheherazade that is "First Muse," to a description of Alvarez's itinerant life as a struggling poet, teacher, and writer in "Have Typewriter, Will Travel," to the sage and witty advice of "Ten of My Writing Commandments," Alvarez generously shares her influences and inspirations with aspiring writers everywhere.
Life does not come with an instruction manual, but you can still convert it to Do it yourself kit! It throws you surprises. When it trips you, you figure out that the best way to deal with it, is to just lie there and laugh, before bouncing right back.
34 Bubblegums and candies is a collection of 34 real life incidents.These could happen to anybody and you will probably recognize yourself in some of them.Some are humorous, some moving,some thought provoking but each one brings out the essence and flavor of a journey called life.
A Nice Quiet Holiday
A Nice Quiet Holiday by Aditya Sudarshan
It was stories of the supernatural on the winding drive to the little himalayan town of Bhairavgarh that had made him uneasy. But what Anant's holiday finally serves up is something all too real, and infinitely more disturbing.
When Anant is invited to Bhairavgarh by his employer, the maverick New Delhi criminal court judge Justice Harish Shinde, the young law clerk looks forward to a peaceful stay at the Judge's friend's home. It isn't to be. Only days after he arrives, the tranquil hill-town is transformed into a seething hotbed of hostility. The cause is a controversial report on AIDS authored by Mittals, fellow guests at the house of Shikhar Pant. Small town morality wrestles big city urbanity as the people of Bhairavgarh protest against the report's alleged obscenity. But within the house too, loyalties are divided.
Matters come to a head when Pant's cousin - a famous writer and supporter of the Mittals - is discovered stabbed to death. But with the police chasing all the wrong leads it's up to the Judge to track down the murderer. Soon Anant finds himself legal counsel for the Mittals and an assistant sleuth to the Judge. His quiet holiday is going to be anything but. A brilliant literary thriller from a debut author, A Nice Quiet Holiday is a thoughtful, pacy, unputdownable read!
Negotiate to Win! : Talking Your Way to
Negotiate to Win! : Talking Your Way to by Patrick Collins
Negotiation is not just a process, it's an attitude-one that we all can learn. Patrick Collins, an internationally recognized expert on the subject, offers an original, comprehensive guide to maximizing negotiation skills, whether in a one-on-one encounter or a larger, more formal negotiating session. Collins explains what negotiation is and isn't (negotiation is not confrontation) and discusses ways to overcome the fear of negotiation, strategies for gaining the upper hand by manipulating the environment, and tactics tailored to negotiation type. What he offers is much more than just a guide to -magic words - or a collection of case studies; Collins provides a hard-working handbook on assessing situations and pinpointing the appropriate techniques for any given circumstance. There's great real-life advice, including details on how to negotiate at restaurants and hotels. The tips are often surprisingly, almost shockingly simple and logical?such as the suggestion to get in line behind a belligerent customer to boost your own chances for success. Readers will come away with a set of-guerrilla negotiating tactics, and a better understanding of: when to continue talking and when to walk away - how to identify words that sabotage your best efforts how to identify cultural customs that will smooth the process - how to bluff for maximum effectivenessm Each chapter concludes with key thoughts- that summarize the main lessons in the preceding pages.Viewing negotiation as both science and art, Collins will help executives, managers, and almost anyone master the skills to have the upper hand in any situation.