By John Burnham Schwartz
While Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of chance. for under in Tokyo may perhaps an impressionable younger guy clean out of school locate, in a single stroke, a brand new activity, a brand new family members, and a society that lavishes cognizance on Japanese-speaking gaijin. but, while Alec claims a spot during this new global, he's haunted by means of thoughts of the single he left behind—a global as soon as infinitely safe yet which disintegrated with the breakup of his mom and dad' marriage.In this incandescently saw novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to 1 of the main beautiful protagonists in modern fiction whereas enthralling them with the zeal of his eye and the aptness of his voice. via its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing journey of Zen-like serenity; an evening at a intercourse membership the place guffawing businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the giggling mom who taught Alec to experience a bicycle; the attractive unhappy eastern girl who teaches him how you can love—Bicycle Days surprises, strikes, and enlightens us as only a few books do.
By William D. Eggers
Greater than ever, ultra-modern fragile worldwide economic system calls for governments to build a tradition round innovation, one that is in a position to envisioning and bettering the longer term. For innovation to take root it must turn into greater than an remoted venture or particular application. To this finish, this booklet bargains a systemic and systematic view of methods, options and buildings that may flip public area organisations into serial innovators. Dozens of examples and case experiences jointly recommend that innovation can develop into greater than a one-off reaction for governments. the general public Innovator's Playbook demystifies the quest for the subsequent immense factor in 3 sections: *Part one introduces the innovation cycle (from concept iteration via choice, implementation, and diffusion) and identifies universal misconceptions and pitfalls that impede public-sector innovation. *Part articulates 5 options that governments can use to force innovation - domesticate, reflect, associate, community, and Open resource - and make the most of the staff, electorate, companies, nonprofits, and different governments which can spur leading edge recommendations. *Part 3 bargains options to the structural roadblocks and conformist cultures that strangle innovation within the public quarter. cutting edge govt does not need to be an oxymoron or a punch line. attractive tales and much-needed directions for growing techniques and organizational constructions that foster innovation make the playbook a must-read.
By Susan Isaacs
It truly is 1940 and Linda Voss, felony secretary extraordinaire, has a mystery. She's madly in love along with her boss, John Berringer, the delight of the Ivy League. no longer that she even has a chance--he'd by no means take a re-evaluation at a German-Jewish woman from Queens who spends her time caring for her light great thing about a mom and following announcements at the conflict in Europe. For Linda, even though, the conflict will quickly turn into all too actual. Engulfing her state and her lifestyles, it's going to supply possibilities she's by no means dreamed of. an opportunity to win the fellow she wants...a probability to discover the affection she merits. Made into the motion picture of an analogous identify starring Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson, Shining via is a singular of honor, sacrifice, ardour, and humor. this is often classic Susan Isaacs, a story of a lively lady who wisecracks her method into heroism and history--and into your middle.
By Manabu Saeki
An in depth research of political gridlock in Congress, supplying another standpoint for comparing its patience and charting a direction for swap.