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Top Ten Books This Week - Aug 14, 2017
op fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On Aug 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Non Fiction
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1.Dr Srini Pillay :Think Less Learn More :Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind :Rs 499.00

Most of us worry about our distractibility. We zone out, daydream and procrastinate and then chastise ourselves for wasting time. But what if most of that "wasted time" was actually time well spent?As neuroscientist Dr. Srini Pillay explains, there is a neurological imperative for why we all do these things.Drawing on the latest brain research, compelling stories from his psychological practice and colourful examples of counterintuitive success from sports, business, education and the arts, he reveals that there is a vital default mode network in the brain that only activates when we are unfocused, "doing nothing" or letting our minds rest. And that healthy default mode network is necessary for the brain to rejuvenate and function at its best.If focus is the valuable close and narrow beam that illuminates the path directly ahead, unfocus is the equally valuable beam that reaches far and wide, enabling our peripheral vision. It is the intelligent form of letting go.Challenging traditional ideas about productivity, Dr Pillay reveals how being too focused can be detrimental and how you can harness and exploit the power of unfocus in many different areas of your life: to enhance creativity, improve your capacity for learning and even help you overcome a general malaise or an emotional or career rut.

2.Chris Fussell :One Mission :How Leader Build  A Team of Teams :Rs 599.00

Follow-up to New York Times bestselling Team of Teams, Chris Fussell provides the road map for leaders who want to transition to the perfect team organizational modelIn One Mission, former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell draws on his extensive experience of high-pressure team work to show how organizations can apply lessons from the field to successfully transform their way of doing business - becoming flatter, quicker and much more collaborative across departments and divisions. Along with sharing his own military experience, Fussell explores industry titans like Intuit and Under Armour, which have adopted the 'Team of Teams' model in order to unite everyone around single compelling mission. The result is a 'shared consciousness' that drives consistently better results with less friction and inter-group rivalry.Using case studies and providing practical solutions, One Mission shows how to harness the agility, adaptability and cohesion of small teams and break down company silos to deliver extraordinary results across any size of organization.One Mission is for any leader who wants to inspire their teams to look beyond their narrow field of vision to understand - and effectively contribute to - the organization's one true mission.

3.Mark Granovetter :Society And Economy :Framework and Principles :Rs 1299.00

Society and Economy--a work of exceptional ambition by the founder of modern economic sociology--is the first full account of Mark Granovetter's ideas about the diverse ways in which society and economy are intertwined.The economy is not a sphere separate from other human activities, Granovetter writes. It is deeply embedded in social relations and subject to the same emotions, ideas, and constraints as religion, science, politics, or law. While some actions can be understood in traditional economic terms as people working rationally toward well-defined ends, much human behavior is harder to fit into that simple framework. Actors sometimes follow social norms with a passionate faith in their appropriateness, and at other times they conform without conscious thought. They also trust others when there is no obvious reason to do so. The power individuals wield over one another can have a major impact on economic outcomes, even when that power arises from noneconomic sources.Although people depend on social norms, culture, trust, and power to solve problems, the guidance these offer is often murky and complicated. Granovetter explores how problem solvers improvise to assemble pragmatic solutions from this multitude of principles. He draws throughout on arguments from psychology, social network studies, and long-term historical and political analysis and suggests ways to maneuver back and forth among these approaches. Underlying Granovetter's arguments is an attempt to move beyond such simple dualisms as agency/structure to a more complex and subtle appreciation of the nuances and dynamics that drive social and economic life.

4.Yuval Abrahmovitz :The List :Shout Your Dreams Out Loud to Make Them Come True :Rs 699.00

Based on an internationally renowned blog about listing dreams and goals that attracted 100,000 visitors a month from around the world.Unlspirational books, The List gives the reader practical tools to make their dreams a reality.Exercises help readers articulate their dreams and list prompts help make the goals real.The author's personal story-from despairing in a wheelchair to becoming an author, cultural reporter, actor, and media personality-and the stories of other list makers who have succeeded in realizing their dreams make the book particularly inspirational.40,000 copies sold in Israel, a huge number for a small market.The author recently went on two two-week speaking tours in the US, and is planning more.

5.Sean Young :Stick With It  :A Scientifically Proven process for Changing Your Life for Good  :Rs 699.00

An award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior shows everyone how to make real, lasting change in their lives in this exciting work of popular psychology that goes beyond The Power of Habit with science and practical strategies that can alter their problem behaviors—forever.Whether it’s absent-minded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smart phone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has some bad habit or behavior that they’d like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it—and sticking with it—are two very different things.Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative new voice in the field of behavioral science, knows a great deal about our habits—how we make them and how we can break them. Stick with It is his fascinating look at the science of behavior, filled with crucial knowledge and practical advice to help everyone successfully alter their actions and improve their lives.As Dr. Young explains, you don’t change behavior by changing the person, you do it by changing the process. Drawing on his own scientific research and that of other leading experts in the field, he explains why change can be difficult and identifies the crucial forces that combine to make transformation permanent, from the right way to create new habits to how to harness emotional meaning to motivate change. He also helps us understand how the mind often interferes with creating lasting change and how we can outsmart it, including using "neurohacks" to shortcut the brain’s counterproductive instincts. In addition he provides a powerful corrective to the decades old science of habits, offering a next generation discussion of how habits can change behavior with the right approach.Packed with pragmatic exercises and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a diet, become more social, exercise regularly, stop compulsively checking e-mail, and overcome problem behaviors—forever.

Fiction
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1.Anthony Horowitz :Never Say Die :Rs 399.00

Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one bestselling series.In this brand new, explosive adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track afterthe traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.

2.Daniel Silva:House of Spies:Rs 399.00

From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow comes the thrilling new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge –determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin. Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread: the French-Moroccan street criminal and ISIS operative who supplied the combat assault rifles. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel’s skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.

3.Mathew Griffin:Hide:Rs 399.00

WINNNER OF the CROOK'S CORNER BOOK PRIZE 2016 'This is a great love story' Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story
Wendell Wilson, a taxidermist and Frank Clifton, a veteran, meet after the Second World War. But, in this declining textile town in a southern US state, their love holds real danger. Severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town. For decades, their routine of self-reliant domesticity – Wendell's cooking, Frank’s care for a yard no one sees and the vicarious drama of courtroom TV – seems to protect them. But when Wendell finds Frank lying motionless outside at the age of eighty-three, their carefully crafted life together begins to unravel. As Frank’s memory and physical strength deteriorate, Wendell struggles in vain to hold on to the man he once knew. Faced with giving care beyond his capacity, he must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion: the different lives they might have lived – and the impending, inexorable loss of the one they had.

4.James Patterson:The Moores are Missing:Rs 399.00

3 Electrifying thrillers in one book.The Moores are Missing with Loren D. Estleman: The Moore family just vanished from their home without telling a soul. A last-minute vacation? A kidnapping? A run for their lives? You'll never see the truth coming.The Housewife with Sam Hawken: Maggie Denning is a former chief detective adjusting to a quiet life in the suburbs with her family. But when the woman next door is found brutally murdered, Maggie starts investigating. Everyone's a suspect – even her own husband.Absolute Zero with Ed Chatterton: They slaughtered his friends and framed him for murder. Now, Special Forces vet Cody Thurston is a fugitive who will stop at nothing to complete one last mission: revenge.

5.Frederic Dard:The King of Fools:Rs 499.00

An ingenious thriller, set in Edinburgh, from the master of French noir.Jean-Marie can't believe his luck when he has a passionate triste with a beautiful young Englishwoman, Marjory, who is holidaying in the Côte d'Azur. However, when he discovers his lover is married he is crestfallen, and when she returns to her home in rainy Edinburgh he is heartbroken. He takes a fateful decision: to follow her.He arrives in Scotland. but soon the jealous husband appears, and a deadly encounter is only the beginning of a nightmarish, disorienting drama.

 

 

 
 
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