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Mastering the Rockefeller Habits

Harnish thoroughly explained how to develop a one-page strategic plan while providing excellent, practical industry examples. Although this book is geared towards growing companies, there were many takeaways for startup, or non-growth companies. The one-page strategic plan provides an excellent framework for any business or organization to use. I particularly like the methods of using quantifiable “critical #’s” to gauge the status and progress of a company.

sacre Bleu

Titillating experience as you travel back in time with histories greatest artists to help solve a mystery surrounding the color blue. But not just any blue, the sacred blue. Watch as each man gets entranced and enslaved by Bleu, painting things he doesn’t remember and alternately, not painting ones he did remember. You’re guided along through the plot with history, humor, suspense and a bit of a foul mouth all the while trying to piece all together yourself, although, like each of the characters, the answer lays always just behind the scenes as you’re swept away in the moment enjoying each riveting moment as lives are lost and saved. I highly recommend this book to anyone, avid readers or otherwise, art enthusiasts or graphic novel fanatics or even just someone looking for something different and entertaining to while away the last of summer. Great read. I don’t know why I hadn’t found it sooner but I couldn’t be more euphoric that I did. Read it! You’ll fall in love.

Just a Matter of Time

This book is set in Durham. This is the author’s first book. The author does a great job of creating the charcters. This book is a about three girlfrends two are married and one is single with a boyfriend. All of thier relationships are different. The two married people are having an affair and the single person boyfriend seems to hiding something. In the end they all have some deep secrets.

The Gardens of the moon

I picked this book up after reading ” A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.” I wanted something that danced along the lines of that series. I actually googled ” books like game of thrones.” So this is the 1st book in the series of The Garden of the moon here are my thoughts!

pros: lots of plots, nice fantasy world, great characters. a long read!

cons: it was confusing at times, the dialogue isn’t great. It didn’t grab my attention at times and let you wonder without pulling you back. The description of people and places was off as far as the vocabulary used.

I say check it out, but be prepared this is not George R. R. Martin! Steven Erikson has a unique style that at 1st needs to get used to, but its worth it.

steel drivin’ man john henry

This is the novel of the untold story of an American legend, John Henry. As an actual folk song, John Henry is about the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than a steam drill. It tells how John Henry was victimized by Virginia’s notorious Black Codes and was forced to labor. His life and ballad is captured ferociously.

my first five husbands and the ones who got away

Rue was one of the great actresses of The Golden Girls and was amazing as Blanche. This is her amazing and triumphant autobiography really. As she details her encounters as a woman on a mission to find herself. And as she made it to husband number six she tells how a small town girl can make it big and things can get better with age. She is a star in her own right.

the smartest guys in the room

This insightful novel is based on the amazing rise and scandalous fall of Enron. It also includes the Enron trial and death of Ken Lay. It was one of the biggest and controversial business stories of our time. But is also crossed over into cultural phenomena. A great financial and personal story is a new thriller genre of sorts. Also a great referential index to all mentioned, Room is too bright of a book.

too busy to clean?

This hand held guide has over 500 tips and techniques to make housecleaning easier and could not be more helpful. It is great for the lazier at cleaning and lightens the load. Which is great to think of the hefty laundry loads! It helped me to evaluate and meet personal standards and make the most of what little time there is.

small sacrifices

This novel is an astonishing true story of passion and murder as lived by Diane Downs. Based off of actual events and inspiring a made for tv movie, this telling novel details the murders and attempted murder of Downs’ children. Allegedly Downs’ suffered from mental illness and the desire to make room for men in her life by sacrificing her children.

simple times, crafts for poor people

Crafts’ is a great book that is fun as well as funny. Not only is it colorful and bright, its witty and cute. It transports us back to a golden time when people really wore hand made sweaters and carved cooking utensils out of bark. Amy is too funny of an actress and takes a hilarious approach as well as appeal to the writing. A crafting under the influence chapter proves this oh so well.

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