The Truth About Winning at Work (Collection)

Author: Stephen P. Robbins,Martha I. Finney,James O'Rourke,William S. Kane

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133445852

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 977

View: 2650

A brand new collection of management and leadership skills for improving business performance 4 authoritative books deliver world-class skills for leading change and improving performance throughout your team and organization! You’re facing greater challenges than ever before – both outside your organization, and inside it. To win, you need today’s best skills for improving performance and driving change. Now, this 4-book collection presents hundreds of those skills simply, clearly, and quickly, to support action. In The Truth About Managing People, Third Edition bestselling author Stephen Robbins shares 61 proven principles and solutions for make-or-break, day-to-day management problems. Overcome the true obstacles to teamwork… avoid both over- and under-communication… improve hiring and employee evaluations… manage a culturally/generationally diverse or virtual workforces… combine stronger ethics and greater effectiveness… and much more. Next, in The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Second Edition, Martha Finney shares 60+ proven principles for gaining unprecedented employee engagement. This new edition features 15 new truths for managing virtual teams, overcoming your unconscious biases, managing multiple generations, identifying/cultivating individual high performers, and more. Next, persuade others in any environment with The Truth About Confident Presenting, by James O’Rourke. O’Rourke reveals 51 proven, concise, easy-to-use presenting techniques that work: all you need to know to prepare effectively (not obsessively), manage anxiety, connect with any audience, and succeed. Discover what makes people listen, and what instantly turns them off… how to muster evidence that’ll convince your specific audience… how to listen, establish a great first impression, and make nonverbal cues work for you… use PowerPoint and microphones well… handle hostile questions confidently; and much more. Finally, turn to William S. Kane’s The Truth About Thriving in Change for 49 proven ways to do what everyone wants, and few can deliver: lead successful change. Plan, drive, and sustain positive change that matters… transform organizations without destroying morale… objectively assess whether yours is really the best way… develop the change management skills you need most… know when to persuade, educate, or “use force”… create the right cultural framework you need to keep moving forward. These four eBooks aren’t “just someone’s opinion”: they offer definitive, evidence-based principles for improving performance throughout your entire leadership career! From world-renowned workplace effectiveness experts Stephen P. Robbins, Martha I. Finney, James O’Rourke, and William S. Kane

The Truth About Managing People

Proven Insights to Get the Best from Your Team

Author: Stephen P. Robbins

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0134048474

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 5209

Discover today's quick, practical, proven guide to overcoming "killer" management problems and succeeding brilliantly as a leader! Unlike other management books, The Truth About Managing People, Fourth Edition is 100% practical and completely based on tested evidence, not mere anecdote or opinion. Top management author Stephen P. Robbins has distilled thousands of research studies, meta-analyses, and Big Data investigations into a set of 63 proven, tested solutions for today's make-or-break management challenges. Each solution is presented quickly and concisely, in just 2-3 pages, so you can absorb them fast, and use them immediately. Robbins' fully updated truths cover every key aspect of management, including hiring the right people and building winning teams; designing high-productivity jobs and rewarding the right behaviors; managing diversity, change, conflict, turnover, and staff cuts; overcoming self-serving bias, groupthink, and digital distractions, and much more. This edition adds nine all-new chapters, covering the crucial importance of people skills, building emotional intelligence, loyalty expectations, employee engagement and mentoring, managing face-to-face vs. virtual teams, overcoming the downsides of teams, handling unacceptable workplace behavior, promoting creativity and innovation, and more. Whatever your management role, Robbins has compiled indispensable practical truths you can and will apply, every single day.

The Truth About Managing Effectively (Collection)

Author: Cathy Fyock,Martha I. Finney,Stephen P. Robbins,Leigh Thompson

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 013344306X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 969

View: 9653

A brand new collection of state-of-the-art management skills and techniques Master today’s most valuable management skills! Get hundreds of bite-size, easy techniques for hiring, collaboration, motivation, negotiation, and much more! Moving into management? Moving up in management? To compete and succeed, you need today’s best skills for managing, motivating, and collaborating with others. That’s exactly what you’ll find in this extraordinary 4 book package. Build a great team with Cathy Fyock’s The Truth About Hiring the Best : discover how to identify the best, reach them, recruit them, and choose among them! Cathy Fyock presents 53 bite-size, easy-to-use hiring techniques for finding hidden sources of talent… making great people want to work for you… asking the right questions… listening for the right answers… hiring like your organization’s future depends on it, because it does! Next, get the best from the people you have, with the latest version of Martha Finney’s classic, The Truth About Getting the Best from People . Finney’s expanded and improved Second Edition offers 60+ proven principles for achieving employee engagement practically 100% of the time. She’s added more than 15 brand-new truths for managing virtual teams, becoming more persuasive, overcoming unconscious biases, identifying and cultivating individual high performers, and more. Then, optimize your management effectiveness with Stephen P. Robbins’s The Truth About Managing People, Third Edition: 61 real solutions for the make-or-break problems faced by every manager. Learn how to overcome the real obstacles to teamwork… why too much communication can be as dangerous as too little… how to improve hiring and employee evaluations… how to heal “layoff survivor sickness”… how to manage a diverse culture, and lead effectively in a digital world. This edition is packed with new truths, including: how to nurture friendlier employees, manage a diverse age group, and lead ethically in tough times. Finally, in The Truth About Negotiations, Leigh L. Thompson teaches 46 proven negotiation principles: quick, easy ways to become a world-class negotiator. You’ll learn how to prepare for a negotiation within one hour… negotiate with people you hate (or love)… clearly identify your “best alternative” if a deal isn’t possible… use reason, respect, and reciprocity to extract a deal’s maximum potential value… create win-win solutions… establish enduring relationships. From hiring to motivation, negotiation to collaboration, this collection gives you hundreds of new best practices and skills for world-class management and leadership! From world-renowned management and HR experts Cathy Fyock, Martha I. Finney, Stephen P. Robbins, and Leigh Thompson

The Truth About Better Decision-Making (Collection)

Author: Robert E. Gunther,William S. Kane,Leigh Thompson,Martha I. Finney

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133445755

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 905

View: 7103

A brand new collection of state-of-the-art tools for making better business decisions… 4 authoritative books bring together hundreds of bite-size, easy-to-use techniques for optimizing every business decision, choice, interaction, and negotiation! Your decisions drive your business performance and determine your career success. Whether you’re collaborating, leading, negotiating, or persuading, those decisions must be consistently sharp – and this 4 book collection will help you sharpen every decision you make. Start with Robert Gunther’s The Truth About Making Smart Decisions: 50 powerful bite-size “truths” about making better real-world decisions when it matters most. Gunther shows how to systematically prepare to make better decisions... get the right information, without getting buried in useless data... minimize risks and then act decisively... handle emotions... make better group decisions... profit from mistakes... and much more. Next, William S. Kane focuses on the decision to change – and to lead change. In The Truth About Thriving in Change, Kane shares 49 powerful decision-making “truths” about change leadership: which skills you need most, and how to develop them... how to lead change without eroding commitment or productivity... why you must start fast, and “run before you walk”... when to persuade, when to educate, and when to “use force”... how to create the right cultural framework for successful change, and more. Next, Leigh Thompson’s The Truth About Negotiations helps you optimize every decision associated with successful negotiations. Thompson provides realistic game plans that work in any scenario, showing how to create win-win deals by leveraging carefully collected information. Learn how to prepare quickly and efficiently… handle imperfect negotiating situations… establish trust with someone you don’t yet trust… recognize when to walk away. Thompson guides through planning strategy, identifying your “best alternative to a negotiated agreement,” making the right first offer to control the process, resolving difficult disputes, and achieving the goals that matter most. Finally, in The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Second Edition, Martha Finney turns to day-to-day management decision-making, offering 60+ powerful techniques -- including new ways to persuade, manage virtual teams, overcome unconscious decision-making biases, and identify/cultivate high performers. These four books offer definitive, evidence-based principles for optimizing your decision-making throughout your entire management career! From world-renowned decision-making experts Robert E. Gunther, William S. Kane, Leigh Thompson, and Martha I. Finney

Successful Management Guidelines (Collection)

Author: Martha Finney,Stephen P. Robbins

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133599558

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 529

View: 3318

Each book in the bestselling Truth About series offers the author's practical and distilled knowledge on a particular business topic, showing readers how to apply these principles in their daily work lives. With an 'aha' on every page, information is presented in a clear and accessible style that the reader can easily reference. Written in short chapters, each book covers an entire field of knowledge that applies practical experience to business theory, cuts to the gist of each subject in an entertaining way, and deconstructs commonly held assumptions to reveal the real truth behind challenges and their appropriate solutions. In the Second Edition of the successful book, The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Martha Finney shares over 60 proven principles for achieving employee engagement one-hundred percent of the time. This new edition features more than 15 new truths including: managing virtual teams, building persuasive skills, tuning into your own unconscious biases, managing multiple generations, and identifying and cultivating individual high performers. In the Third Edition of the bestselling book, The Truth About Managing People, bestselling author Stephen Robbins shares even more proven principles for handling virtually every management challenge. Robbins delivers 61 real solutions for the make-or-break problems faced by every manager. Readers will learn how to overcome the true obstacles to teamwork; why too much communication can be as dangerous as too little; how to improve your hiring and employee evaluations; how to heal "layoff survivor sickness"; how to manage a diverse culture; and ways to lead effectively in a digital world. New truths include: how to nurture friendly employees, forget about age stereotypes, first impressions count, be a good citizen, techniques for managing a diverse age group, and ethical leadership among others.

The Truth About Personal Performance (Collection)

Author: James O'Rourke,Leigh L. Thompson,Robert E. Gunther

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780132595254

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 1663

150+ secrets of exceptional personal performance: how to present confidently, negotiate successfully, and make smarter decisions--anywhere, anytime! Three full books of proven solutions for supercharging personal performance! Prepare for any audience, negotiation, or decision…compel attention and motivate action…manage anxiety or anger…use nonverbal communication…negotiate with people you love (or hate)…build (or repair) trust…make decisions with imperfect data…and much more! From world-renowned leaders and experts, including James O'Rourke, Leigh L. Thompson, and Robert E. Gunther.

The Truth About Better Business Communication (Collection)

Author: Natalie Canavor,Claire Meirowitz,James O'Rourke,Leigh L. Thompson

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780132655781

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 672

View: 8650

150 powerful bite-size techniques for supercharging all your business communications: print, web, e-mail, and in person! Three full books of indispensable, practical advice on virtually every form of business communication! Discover how to write e-mails, reports, proposals, and web content that really pack a punch… build presentations around what people really want to know… communicate successfully in every negotiation scenario, even the most frustrating or unexpected… and much more! From world-renowned leaders and experts, including Natalie Canavor, Claire Meirowitz, James O’Rourke, and Leigh Thompson

Learn the Art of Logic and Persuasion (Collection)

Author: Jonathan Herring,Leigh Thompson

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133739775

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 441

View: 3304

The ability to persuade, influence and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life. However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it's done poorly, or not at all. Yet it's possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have. In How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively , you will discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively and positively and you'll have a head start every time you want. The Truth About Negotiations, Second Edition shares even more proven principles for handling virtually every negotiation situation. Building on her widely praised First Edition, Leigh Thompson delivers more than 50 real solutions for the make-or-break scenarios faced by every negotiator. In this edition, Thompson adds powerful new “truths” and techniques for negotiating across generations and cultures, negotiating in virtual/online environments, and more.

Negotiating to Win

Strategies and Skills for Every Situation (Collection)

Author: Richard Templar,Jonathan J. Herring,Leigh Thompson,Terry J. Fadem

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133087220

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 912

View: 3948

Negotiate and communicate to get what you want—no matter who’s on the other side of the table! Four great books show you how to negotiate, persuade, influence…get what you want! In How to Get What You Want…Without Having to Ask, best-selling author Richard Templar brings his inimitable blend of originality, imagination, wisdom, and straight talk to the challenges of getting people to say “yes” to you! Templar offers up to 100 clever, simple, pain-free techniques for becoming the kind of person people want to support…helping people say yes…saying just the right thing if you do need to ask! Next, in How to Argue, leading lawyer Jonathan Herring reveals the secrets and subtleties of making your case and winning hearts and minds. Herring covers everything from making your point more crisply to keeping your cool in heated situations. In The Truth About Negotiations, Leigh L. Thompson teaches 53 proven negotiation principles and bite-size, easy-to-use techniques that work. You’ll learn how to prepare within one hour…negotiate with friends, colleagues, and spouses…master the win-win litmus test…become a truly world-class negotiator. Finally, in The Art of Asking: Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, Terry J. Fadem reveals the core questions that every manager needs to master...shows how to avoid the mistakes business questioners make most often...identifies ten simple rules for asking every question more effectively. You’ll learn how to ask tough questions and take control of tough situations... use questions to promote innovation, drive change, identify hidden problems, and get failing projects back on track! From world-renowned leaders in business negotiation and communication, including Richard Templar, Jonathan Herring, Leigh L. Thompson, and Terry J. Fadem

5 Business Skills Every Professional Must Master (Collection)

Author: Terry J. Fadem,Leigh Thompson,Jerry Weissman,Robert Follett,Stephen P. Robbins

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133346293

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1201

View: 5276

A brand new collection of indispensable business skills for professionals in any industry… 5 pioneering books, now in a convenient e-format, at a great price! 5 remarkable eBooks help professionals gain the business skills they need to advance in their careers Today, business professionals need far more than technical skill to advance in their careers: they need a deep understanding of the business, combined with real leadership skills for motivating colleagues and executing on key assignments. This unique 5 eBook package brings together these crucial business skills, helping professionals rise far beyond their current roles. In The Art of Asking, Terry J. Fadem shows how to ask the right questions in the right ways, and get the answers you need to succeed. Discover the core questions you need to master... avoid the mistakes business questioners make most often... master ten simple rules for questioning more effectively… ask questions that give you control over tough situations... use questions to promote innovation, drive change, identify hidden problems, and get failing projects back on track! Next, in The Truth About Negotiations, Leigh L. Thompson reveals 53 proven negotiation principles: bite-size, easy-to-use techniques for becoming a world-class negotiator. Learn how to prepare for a negotiation within one hour… negotiate with people you hate (or love)… clearly identify your "best alternative" if a deal isn't possible… use reason, respect, and reciprocity to extract a deal's maximum potential value, create win-win solutions, and establish enduring relationships. In Presenting to Win, Updated and Expanded Edition, world-renowned presentation consultant Jerry Weissman shows how to connect with even the toughest, most high-level audiences...and move them to action. Drawing on his experience helping the world's top tech executives excel at make-or-break investor presentations, he shows how to dump those PowerPoint templates, tell compelling stories that focus on what's in it for the audience, and get action! In How to Keep Score in Business, long-time CEO Robert Follett helps you capture crucial insights buried in balance sheets, income statements, and other key reports. Follett shows how to apply core tools for analyzing financial reports and investment opportunities and demystifies accounting terms every decision-maker should know. Finally, in The Truth About Managing People, Third Edition, Stephen P. Robbins distills management to its essence, sharing 61 proven principles and real solutions for the make-or-break problems faced by every manager. You'll learn how to overcome the true obstacles to teamwork… why too much communication can be as dangerous as too little… how to improve hiring and employee evaluations… heal "layoff survivor sickness"… manage a diverse culture… lead effectively in a digital world… get past age stereotypes… and much more! From world-renowned leaders and performance experts Terry J. Fadem, Leigh L. Thompson, Jerry Weissman, Robert Follett, and Stephen Robbins

How To Play Winning Poker

Author: Avery Cardoza

Publisher: Cardoza Publishing

ISBN: 1580424821

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 256

View: 9098

Millions of dollars are waiting for you in poker's most exciting game, no-limit Texas hold'em, and this book shows you how to claim your share of it! McEvoy and Vines, who have won cuontless tournaments, teach you the essential moves and strategies that will make you a major threat in any tournament you play. You'll learn a wealth of information in this book: How to use bluffs, position, and big stacks to bully opponents and win chips, how to adjust between no-limit tournaments and cash games, how to play rebuy and add-on events, and how to adjust strategies for every type of opponent and tournament structure. From basic plays, intermediate tactics, and advanced strategies, to the professional plays used by world champions, this powerful guide is a complete course in winning small, medium, and big money tournaments.

Dark Roots

Author: Cate Kennedy

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802199188

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 8199

A collection of prize-winning stories by The New Yorker debuted Australian that is by turns funny, wise, and achingly sad” (Stephanie Bishop, Sydney Morning Herald). Australian Cate Kennedy delivers a mesmerizing story collection that travels to the deepest depths of the human psyche. In these sublimely sophisticated and compulsively readable tales, Kennedy opens up worlds of finely observed detail to explore the collision between simmering inner lives and the cold outside world. Her stories are populated by people on the brink: a woman floundering with her own loss and emotional immobility as her lover lies in a coma; a neglected wife who cannot convince her husband of the truth about his two shamelessly libidinous friends; or a married woman realizes that her too-tight wedding ring isn’t the only thing that’s stuck in her relationship. Each character must make a choice and none is without consequence even the smallest decisions have the power to destroy or renew, to recover and relinquish. Devastating, evocative, and richly comic, Dark Roots deftly unveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures and the coincidences that drive our lives. This arresting collection introduces a new master of the short story.

Things I Wish I'd Known

Women tell the truth about motherhood

Author: Victoria Young

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848318375

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

View: 9961

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR MOTHER'S DAY! Look at the front cover of any parenting book and what do you see? Glowing mothers-to-be, or pristine, beautifully-behaved children. But the reality is, your pregnancy might be a sweaty, moody rollercoaster, and your children will almost certainly spend the first few years of their lives covered in food, tears and worse. And the experience is no less magical for it. In this no-holds-barred collection of essays, prominent women authors, journalists and TV personalities explore the truth about becoming mothers. Covering topics from labour to the breastapo, twins to IVF, weaning to post-birth sex, and with writers including Cathy Kelly, Adele Parks, Kathy Lette and Lucy Porter (and many more), Things I Wish I’d Known is a reassuring, moving and often hilarious collection that will speak to mothers - and mothers-to-be - everywhere.

Door in the Mountain

New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003

Author: Jean Valentine

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819573159

Category: Poetry

Page: 308

View: 3326

Winner of the National Book Award in Poetry (2004) Since the 1965 publication of her first book, Dream Barker, selected for the Yale Younger Poets Award, Jean Valentine has published eight collections of poetry to critical acclaim. Spare and intensely-felt, Valentine’s poems present experience as only imperfectly graspable. This volume gathers together all of Valentine’s published poems and includes a new collection, “Door in the Mountain.” Valentine's poetry is as recognizable as the slant truth of a dream. She is a brave, unshirking poet who speaks with fire on the great subjects—love, and death, and the soul. Her images—strange, canny visions of the unknown self—clang with the authenticity of real experience. This is an urgent art that wants to heal what it touches, a poetry that wants to tell, intimately, the whole life.

Find (and Keep) Top Talent for Your Business (Collection)

Author: Vince Thompson,David I. Russo,Rusty Rueff,Hank Stringer,Cathy Fyock,Martha I. Finney

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133443191

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1209

View: 7378

A brand new collection of state-of-the-art talent management techniques Breakthrough talent management techniques! 5 authoritative books bring together the state-of-the-art in finding, growing, and keeping world-class people! Talent is everything — and finding, growing, and keeping the best talent has never been more difficult. This 5-book collection brings together powerful new insights, techniques, practices, and skills for improving the way you manage talent in any organization, industry, or environment… including the talent that matters most. (Yours!) In 17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent, renowned workforce expert David Russo identifies exactly what great organizations do differently when it comes to managing their people. He distills these differences into 17 rules for everything from resourcing and compensation to leadership development, risk-taking to change management. Next, he shows how to apply these rules in your organization, whether you’re large or small, high-tech or low-tech, for-profit or non-profit. Then, in Talent Force, Rusty Rueff and Hank Springer help you systematically get the right talent into the right place at the right time. You’ll learn how to develop and implement a world-class talent plan that aligns with business objectives, and identify metrics for tracking and optimizing progress. Discover how candidates are using technology to evaluate new opportunities, benchmark compensation, and create new back-channels of communication about worklife — and learn how to use these technologies yourself to grow the world’s best Talent Force. In The Truth About Hiring the Best, Cathy Fyock reveals 53 proven hiring principles for identifying, reaching, and recruiting the very best. Fyock helps you find hidden talent sources… make great people want to work with you… choose amongst the great new people you’ve found, while building great relationships with strong candidates you don’t hire. Next, in The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Second Edition, Martha Finney 60+ proven principles for achieving unprecedented levels of employee engagement. This new edition features more than 15 new truths including: managing virtual teams, building persuasive skills, tuning into your own unconscious biases, managing multiple generations, and identifying and cultivating individual high performers. Not feeling empowered enough to do all this? Vince Thompson’s Ignited! reveals gathering forces that are re-empowering you right now. Thompson outlines realistic steps for leveraging networks and resources to transform your own visions into reality, and accomplishing powerful goals only you can achieve. He offers new tools for leading “from the middle”… expanding your influence and overcoming traps… connecting your passions with business goals… mastering all your new roles: linkmaker, process master, pilot, healer, bard, scout, and translator! From world-renowned talent management experts Vince Thompson, David Russo, Rusty Rueff, Hank Stringer, Cathy Fyock, and Martha I. Finney

The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture

Author: Karen M. Barbera

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199395926

Category: Psychology

Page: 752

View: 4913

The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture presents the breadth of topics from Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior through the lenses of organizational climate and culture. The Handbook reveals in great detail how in both research and practice climate and culture reciprocally influence each other. The details reveal the many practices that organizations use to acquire, develop, manage, motivate, lead, and treat employees both at home and in the multinational settings that characterize contemporary organizations. Chapter authors are both expert in their fields of research and also represent current climate and culture practice in five national and international companies (3M, McDonald's, the Mayo Clinic, PepsiCo and Tata). In addition, new approaches to the collection and analysis of climate and culture data are presented as well as new thinking about organizational change from an integrated climate and culture paradigm. No other compendium integrates climate and culture thinking like this Handbook does and no other compendium presents both an up-to-date review of the theory and research on the many facets of climate and culture as well as contemporary practice. The Handbook takes a climate and culture vantage point on micro approaches to human issues at work (recruitment and hiring, training and performance management, motivation and fairness) as well as organizational processes (teams, leadership, careers, communication), and it also explicates the fact that these are lodged within firms that function in larger national and international contexts.

Anyone Can Tell a Bible Story

Bob Hartman's Guide to Storytelling - with over 50 Stories

Author: Bob Hartman

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857210076

Category: Religion

Page: 189

View: 8792

Bob Hartman has an enviable reputation as a performance storyteller. Here are his insights into how stories work, tips and techniques, and how to retell Bible stories--plus 35 great stories to practice on. "Biblical storytelling can do one of two things," says Bob Hartman. "It can excite and inspire and create a thirst for more. Or it can bore and embarrass and leave a group with a sad sense of 'so what?' And that's an important difference, if you believe, as I do, that those stories contain something essential about who we are and who God is." Good storytelling, he explains, comes from blending your own passion, wit, and creativity with skill. This book shares the secrets of that skill, including: - The four relationships at the heart of biblical storytelling - How stories work - How to take a Bible story to pieces, and recast it to compel the listener's attention

Dream Work

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802192416

Category: Poetry

Page: 98

View: 5559

Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for the finest book of poetry published in 1983 by an American poet. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness—so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive—continue in DreamWork. She has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit—to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships. Whether by way of inheritance—as in her poem about the Holocaust—or through a painful glimpse into the present—as in Acid, a poem about an injured boy begging in the streets of Indonesia—the events and tendencies of history take on a new importance here. More deeply than in her previous volumes, the sensibility behind these poems has merged with the world. Mary Oliver's willingness to be joyful continues, deepened by self-awareness, by experience, and by choice.

Dogs of Truth

New and Uncollected Stories

Author: Kit Reed

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466827246

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1560

The Dogs of Truth contains 17 new or previously uncollected short stories. Included are "High Rise High," about a student revolt at the ultimate "secure" high school; "Focus Group," where a star-struck fan dictates the fate of soap opera characters through a biochip implant; "Escape from Shark Island," which looks at an extreme version of today's trendy "family bed;" and "Precautions," where germ-phobia reigns supreme. The new stories tell of the "Grand Opening" of the world's largest mega-mall, study the relationship of a writer and his muse in "Getting It Back," and, in "The Shop of Little Horrors," take a dark look at the child-free lifestyle. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.