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Top Ten Books This Week -Jan 06 , 2018
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On Jan 06, 2018

 

Fiction

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1. Shinie Antony :The Girl Who Couldn't Love :Rs 299.00

 

An introverted, middle-aged spinster, Roo or Rudrakshi Sen, lives with her mother and teaches English at a local school. Roo’s mother, semi-blind and a chronic invalid, lives most of the time in an imaginary world where she turns the grief of her husband’s death and their bizarre relationship into the belief that theirs was a happy, conventional marriage. Roo cultivates an aloof manner and distances herself from close relationships to stave off memories of her childhood and of Eeedee, the girl who entered her life as a six-year-old and left as a teenager—after one night that was to haunt and shape both their adult lives. When Kumar, a man much younger than her, enters Roo’s life out of nowhere, she is intensely attracted to him—an attraction she believes is reciprocal. She begins an affair with this mysterious stranger, knowing that all affairs end messily. It is her secrets she wants to shield. But her secrets and this man are inextricably linked..Shinie Antony’s sparse yet evocative prose gives strength to this haunting tale of twisted relationships.

 

2.Sue Fortin :The Birthday Girl :Rs 399.00

 

The gripping new release from the author of the psychological suspense bestseller SISTER SISTER.'Sue Fortin writes with skill and pace, filling her pages with tension. With great characters and a gripping storyline, I was immediately pulled in and found myself desperate to turn the pages' – Amanda Jennings Two sisters. Only one is telling the truth.As birthday girl Joanne turns forty, no one wants to celebrate her special day or play along with her idea of a fun party – a weekend away in a cosy cottage in the woods. 
But as her friends reluctantly gather round her it quickly becomes clear that there is more to Joanne's birthday weekend, because Joanne is planning to reveal a secret that one of her friends is hiding…A beautiful cottage in the middle of the countryside sounds idyllic – until no one can hear your cries for help. And when Joanne’s party turns into a murder scene, one of the party guests must be the killer. As secrets unravel, the rest of Jo's friends face a race against time to discover the murderer, before they are next on the killer's guest list…Four friends. A party to die for. One killer surprise.

 

3.Simon Tolkien : No Mans Land :Rs 399.00

 

From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world. Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard-living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer. But it isn’t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequences. In the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector’s beautiful daughter and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before. But he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his station. When love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together – until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

 

4.Eric Rickstad :The Names of Dead Girls :Rs 499.00

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eric Rickstad delivers another Canaan Crime novel and features once again detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont.Every murder tells a story. Some stories never end . . In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free.Detective Frank Rath adopted Rachel, his niece, after the shocking murder of her parents when she was a baby. Ever since, Rath’s tried to protect her from the true story of her parents’ deaths. But now Preacher is calling Rath to torment him. He’s threatening Rachel and plotting cruelties for her, of the flesh and of the mind. When other girls are found brutally murdered, and a woman goes missing, Rath and Detective Sonja Test must untangle the threads that tie these new crimes and some long-ago nightmares together. Soon they will learn that the truth is more perverse than anyone could guess, rife with secrets, cruel desires, and warped, deadly loyalty.Mesmerizing, startling, and intricately plotted, The Names of Dead Girls builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise, luring readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.

 

5.Anna Snoekstra : Little Secrets :Rs 399.00

 


To keep little secrets, they tell big lies…‘I am not sick. I just like the little dolls…I think I’ll break one soon. ’It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A tiny porcelain doll appearing on your doorstep. Bright blonde hair, rosy cheeks, even a little blue dress. A perfect replica of your six-year-old daughter. Then anonymous letters from ‘The Doll Collector’ begin to arrive. And in the small town where everyone has their own little secrets, no one is safe from suspicion. Because you can never really trust the people who live just along the street…

Non-Fiction

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1. Bastian Obermayer :The Panama Papers :Breaking the Story of How the Rich and powerful Hide Their Money :Rs 499.00

 

Revised edition of the bestselling Panama Papers.11.5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history. In early 2015, an anonymous whistle-blower led investigative journalists Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier into the shadow economy where the super-rich hide billions of dollars in complex financial networks. Thus began the ground-breaking investigation that saw an international team of 400 journalists work in secret for a year to uncover cases involving heads of state, politicians, businessmen, big banks, the mafia, diamond miners, art dealers and celebrities. A real-life thriller, The Panama Papers is the gripping account of how the story of the century was exposed to the world.

 

2. Jocko Willink :Extreme Ownership :How US Novy Seals Lead and Win :Rs  599.00

 

The runaway New York Times bestseller, now with a new cover, foreword and photo insert!Sent to the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. They have helped scores of clients across the full spectrum of industries. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields. In 2015, they released Extreme Ownership, which detailed the leadership principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions in the most trying environments and shows how to apply those principles to any team or organization. The compelling narrative, powerful instruction and direct applicability, had an immediate impact on leaders across the world, driving Extreme Ownership to become the new standard for leadership books. It has revolutionized leadership and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

 

3. Stephend D Brookfield :The Discussion Book : 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking :Rs 299.00


Build teams, make better decisions, energize groups, and think out of the box.Do you need a resource that you can pull out of your pocket to liven up meetings, trainings, professional development, and teaching? The fifty easily applied techniques in this timely manual spur creativity, stimulate energy, keep groups focused, and increase participation. Whether you're teaching classes, facilitating employee training, leading organizational or community meetings, furthering staff and professional development, guiding town halls, or working with congregations, The Discussion Book is your go-to guide for improving any group process.Each of the concrete techniques and exercises is clearly described with guidance on selection and implementation, as well as advice on which pitfalls to avoid. All of the techniques:

Offer new ways to engage people and energize groups
Get employees, students, colleagues, constituents, and community members to participate more fully in deliberative decision-making
Encourage creativity and openness to new perspectives
Increase collaboration and build cohesive teams
Keep groups focused on important topics and hard-to-address issues

Derived from the authors' decades of experience using these exercises with schools, colleges, corporations, the military, social movements, health care organizations, prisons, unions, non-profits, and elsewhere, The Discussion Book will help you guide discussions that matter.

 

4.Raghu Ananthanarayanan :Leadership Dharma :Arjuna the Timeless Metaphor :Rs 495.00

 

The Mahabharatha is a profound source for understanding the idea of Dharma and the dilemma's of Leadership. It is timeless and can be interpreted in contemporary terms. Ranjan is an entrepreneur, a natural Bhīma. His organization is stagnating. "In doing what I am doing, what am I really doing? How am I part of the problem?" he asks. By using the Mahabharata as a mirror, and through an intense dialogue with his wife Sanam and his friend Prof. Anantha Saptaparni. Ranjan discovers the seeds of the other Paandava heroes that lie within him. Like Arjuna he embarks on a quest: He identifies his heroic propensities, peers into his shadow self, unleashes his hidden potentials, recovers his sense of purpose, and the eternal spring of energy. Like the bow that must be drawn deeply , and aimed carefully to shoot a true arrow, Ranjan emerges with new reserves of strength connected to the wisdom that lies within him anchored in an expanded capacity to meet challenges and play effective roles. Ranjan discovers how to "be the solution" a n d lead the organization. He learns how to help each of his teammates do the same, and together they renew and regenerate themselves and themselves and their organization.

 

5.Mark Horstman :The Effective Manager :Rs 399.00 

 


The how-to guide for exceptional management from the bottom up The Effective Manager is a hands-on practical guide to great management at every level. Written by the man behind Manager Tools, the world's number-one business podcast, this book distils the author's 25 years of management training expertise into clear, actionable steps to start taking today. First, you'll identify what "effective management" actually looks like: can you get the job done at a high level? Do you attract and retain top talent without burning them out? Then you'll dig into the four critical behaviours that make a manager great and learn how to adjust your own behaviour to be the leader your team needs. You'll learn the four major tools that should be a part of every manager's repertoire, how to use them and even how to introduce them to the team in a productive, non-disruptive way. Most management books are written for CEOs and geared toward improving corporate management, but this book is expressly aimed at managers of any level—with a behavioural framework designed to be tailored to your team's specific needs. 
Understand your team's strengths, weaknesses and goals in a meaningful way 
Stop limiting feedback to when something goes wrong 
Motivate your people to continuous improvement 
Spread the work around and let people stretch their skills 
Effective managers are good at the job and "good at people." The key is combining those skills to foster your team's development, get better and better results and maintain a culture of positive productivity. 
The Effective Manager shows you how to turn good into great with clear, actionable, expert guidance.

 

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