Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's In My Stack

Hey all!  Mindy, here!  Mother of four, LEO wife, and lover of all things literary. I hope you are enjoying your summer (or are about to enjoy it)!  My kids are still in school for another ten days so I'm going to try to cram in some reading before they are home and all hell breaks loose.  Here is what is currently sitting in my stack.

I'm about three chapters into Read Right! and while we haven't gotten to the practical application yet, the theory is fascinating.... "According to  the latest breakthroughs in cognitive theory and brain research, excellent reading ability involves a complex process that is "figured out" by every reader.  Preschool-age children with a wide range of IQs are capable of figuring out the complex process for themselves, which is the basis of Dr. Dee Tadlock's innovative Read Right system.  Read Right! provides simple techniques to help parents guide young children into their own reading excellence, with fun, easy activities designed to be integrated into everyday life.  Based on nearly 25 years of research, the Read Right system is a proven alternative to phonics-based or whole-language methods.  Most important, this interactive system can teach anyone, even adults, how to "figure out" the process of reading."  (blurb from back cover)
In Anna Quindlen's Rise and Shine..."It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice's perfect life hits a wall.  A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning television talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break--but not before she does something that, in an instant, marks the end of an era, not only for Meghan, who is unaccustomed to dealing with adversity, but also for her younger sisters, Bridget.  A social worker in the Bronx, Bridget has always looked up to Meghan while living in her long shadow.  What follows is a story about how, in a very different ways, the Fitzmaurice women adapt, survive, and manage to bring the whole teeming city of New York to heel by dint of their smart mouths, quick wits, and the powerful connection between them that even the worst tragedy cannot shatter?"  (blurb from back cover)

In Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard... Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble.  Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.  One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down -- his Uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about.  Whn Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches.  Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.  The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place.  Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus's memory.  But he doesn't have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents...Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.  (blurb from back cover)

 Since its original publication in 2000, Leadership and Self-Deception has become a global phenomenon with sales increasing year after year and editions available over thirty languages.  Its powerful ideas are based on Arbinger's work over the last 35 years -- work that has fueled the success of thousands of organizations around the world.  Through an engaging story about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage our own efforts to improve performance and achieve success.  Read this extraordinary book and discover what millions have already learned -- how to tap into an innate ability that dramatically improves both your relationships and results.  (blurb from back cover)
The Orphan Keeper is based on a remarkable true story...Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States.  It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India.  Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.  Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, and make him part of their family.  And his story might have ended there had it not been for the persistent questions in his head:  Who am I? Why was I taken?  How do I get home?  More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past.  Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late?  And if he does make it back ot India, how will he find his family with so few clues?  From the best-selling author of  The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey of discovering one's self and the unbreakable familiy bonds that connect us forever (blurb from back cover)

Stars Above is a actually a compilation of short stories set in the world established in the Lunar Chronicles collection.  You can read my review of the first book in the series, Cinder, here (spoiler: I loved it!).....  The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories -- and secrets -- that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic.  How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing?  How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer?  When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?  With nine stories -- five of which have never before been published -- and a special bonus excerpt from Marissa Meyer's most recent novel, Heartless, about the Queen of HEarts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles. (summary from book cover)
A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, A Clockwork Orange.  In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invted slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends social pathology.   A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom.  And when the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?"  This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

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