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When Cultures Collide

The successful managers for the next century will be the culturally sensitive ones. You can gain competitive advantage from having strategies to deal with the cultural differences you will encounter in any international business setting.

Richard Lewis provides a guide to working and communicating across cultures, and explains how your culture and language affect the ways in which you think and respond. This revised and expanded edition of Richard Lewis’s book provides an ever more global and practical guide not just to understanding but also managing in different business cultures. New chapters on more than a dozen countries – from Iraq, Israel and Pakistan to Serbia, Columbia and Venezuela – vastly broaden the range.

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This eloquent, easy-to-read book covers everything you need to consider to create a structure that will allow your international team to succeed…Lewis brings theory to life through a number of engaging case studies, as well as his own personal experience… Lewis has achieved a fine balance between theory often delivered in a light-hearted and easy to remember way and tactical every day application. Whether your international team is 10 people or 10,000 people, the clear narrative provides valuable insight… This fascinating subject is crucial to the success of global business. — Suresh Banarse, Head of People, Yo! Sushi! * People Management * Lewis is a crosscultural expert who has now presented his wisdom in a highly readable book. * Evening Standard * Lewis provides urbane and knowledgeable guidance… Verdict: this book could mean the difference between winning and losing valuable orders abroad. * The Director * This eloquent, easy-to-read book covers everything you need to consider to create a structure that will allow your international team to succeed…Lewis brings theory to life through a number of engaging case studies, as well as his own personal experience… Lewis has achieved a fine balance between theory often delivered in a light-hearted and easy to remember way and tactical every day application. Whether your international team is 10 people or 10,000 people, the clear narrative provides valuable insight… This fascinating subject is crucial to the success of global business. — Suresh Banarse, Head of People, Yo! Sushi! People Management Lewis is a crosscultural expert who has now presented his wisdom in a highly readable book. * Evening Standard * A must read for anyone keen to gain that coveted edge in their international business ventures. Lewis’s book provides a riveting and thoroughly researched analysis, the goal of which is to assist Western managers to keep pace with the emerging and changing markets of Asia, eastern Europe and Africa… An invaluable tool to help in planning practical strategies to work successfully across increasingly diverse business cultures. * Daily Telegraph * Lewis provides urbane and knowledgeable guidance… Verdict: this book could mean the difference between winning and losing valuable orders abroad. * Director * An authoritative roadmap to navigating the world’s economy * The Wall Street Journal * The Lewis Model explains every culture in the world * Business Insider *
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What’s Your Worldview?

2014 Popular Theology Book of the Year – World Magazine

How do you view the world?

It’s a big question. And how you answer is one of the most important things about you.

Not sure what you’d say? Join James Anderson on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping you understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying your worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, *What’s Your Worldview? *will guide you toward finding intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions—equipping you to think carefully about not only what you believe but why you believe it and how it impacts the rest of your life.

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What We Keep

With contributions from Cheryl Strayed, Mark Cuban, Ta-Nahesi Coates, Melinda Gates, Joss Whedon, James Patterson, and many more–this fascinating collection gives us a peek into 150 personal treasures and the secret histories behind them.

All of us have that one object that holds deep meaning–something that speaks to our past, that carries a remarkable story. Bestselling author Bill Shapiro collected this sweeping range of stories–he talked to everyone from renowned writers to Shark Tank hosts, from blackjack dealers to teachers, truckers, and nuns, even a reformed counterfeiter–to reveal the often hidden, always surprising lives of objects.

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What to Read and Why

In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, the distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires above all others, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Roberto Bolano. In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose’s previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, including Roberto Bolano, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jennifer Egan, and Mohsin Hamid. Prose implores us to read Mavis Gallant for her marvelously rich and compact sentences, and her meticulously rendered characters who reveal our flawed and complex human nature; Edward St. Aubyn for his elegance and sophisticated humor; and Mark Strand for his gift for depicting unlikely transformations. Here, too, are original pieces in which Prose explores the craft of writing: On Clarity and What Makes a Short Story. Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.
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Praise for What to Read and Why: What to Read and Why will have readers anxious to revisit these classics. — Kirkus Reviews Prose’s writing sharpens, focuses and [occasionally] even thrills when she writes of the authors who move her most deeply. These essays on their own make the book worth reading and buying; they made me buy a couple of the books she most passionately endorses. — Wall Street Journal Written with warmth, wit, and a keen intellect. — Library Journal (starred review)
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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

EDITORIAL REVIEW: What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves:* The Tipping Point*; *Blink*; and *Outliers.* Now, in *What the Dog Saw*, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from *The**New Yorker* over the same period. Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the “dog whisperer” who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and “hindsight bias” and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate. “Good writing,” Gladwell says in his preface, “does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.”*What the Dog Saw *is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.

What Friends Are For

Megan’s boyfriend wants to have sex, but Megan isn’t ready. She’s never even been touched sensually before, and she’s scared. She turns to her best friend Janet to help. But what does Megan want, and what will it take to make her comfortable with having sex for the first time?
Janet has two challenges. 1) Seduce and pleasure Megan, 2) Have sex with Megan’s boyfriend… while Megan watches!

What Dreams May Come

SUMMARY: The “New York Times” bestseller A LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS HEAVEN AND HELL What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death. But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair. Richard Matheson’s powerful tale of life—and love—after death was the basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams.

What Are Conversational Bots ?

Artificial intelligence has made enormous progress in the last five years, and after a decade of texting and messaging on smartphones, people have become comfortable with conversational interfaces. Put together, those two trends mean we’ll soon be chatting with conversational bots: intelligent software designed to make you feel as though you’re talking to a real person. Chatbots are able to automate human tasks by translating fluidly between unstructured language and structured data. Imagine a customer service chat via instant message, email, or voice where the bot has answers before you can ask the question.
In this report, authors Jon Bruner and Mike Barlow examine the promise of chatbots, as well as the challenges they face. Driven by recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots have a bright future in customer relations, healthcare, games and entertainment, and worker productivity (picture a bot as your personal assistant). Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently declared that, “bots are the new apps.”
Browse this report and explore today’s emerging chatbot landscape, including:
– Why chatbots now?—Understand the factors behind the rise of bots, some of their use cases, and questions still to be answered.
– Messaging platforms/frameworks for bots—Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Facebook Messenger, Google Now and Google Assistant, Microsoft Bot Framework, and more
– AI Platforms and Frameworks for bots—Api.ai, Google TensorFlow, IBM Watson Conversation, Wit.ai, and scikit-learn
– Real-world examples—Burger King, Fidelity Investments, Amtrak, Cobalt (CRM), Troops, and more

Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes

Winner – 2011 USA Best Book Award

1st Runner Up – 2011 Eric Hoffer AwardEditor’s Choice – 2011 IP’s Highlighted Title AwardEditor’s Choice – 2011 IP’s Living Now Award

Healing with herbs has long been a tradition in the martial arts. Most martial artists are aware of this legacy; few are fortunate to study with teachers who understand and can teach the traditional Chinese formulas. The rest of us pick up what we can, where ever we can. This book is for the rest of us. Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes explores herbs that are readily available in the West. Sixty-four herbs common to Europe and North America are considered. Each herb is examined for its effectiveness, safety, and how to specifically use it to enhance martial arts and contact sports training. Readers will be able to choose an herb to meet a specific need,…

West of Rome

West of Rome’s two novellas, ”My Dog Stupid” and ”The Orgy,” fulfill the promise of their rousing titles. The latter novella opens with virtuoso description: ”His name was Frank Gagliano, and he did not believe in God. He was that most singular and startling craftsman of the building trade-a left-handed bricklayer. Like my father, Frank came from Torcella Peligna, a cliff-hugging town in the Abruzzi. Lean as a spider, he wore a leather cap and puttees the year around, and he was so bowlegged a dog could lope between his knees without touching them.”

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Werewolves of Kregen

[Book Thirty-three of Dray Prescot] Dray Prescot is an Earthman, seaman and soldier, brought across four hundred light years to a planet of Antares. The Star Lords, a race advanced beyond our ken, needed him on that world called Kregen. Now, having at last returned to his home empire, to his wife and his friends, Dray was to learn that the vengeance of his defeated enemies had launched a final assault–with nine occult curses–against Vallia and all that Dray held dear. The first curse, the plague of murderous werewolves, took Dray by surprise. Could his valor and courage, though tempered on the battlefields of alien suns, stand up against an unprecedented onslaught of warring witchcraft?

Weird Homes

Have you ever walked through your neighborhood, taken a look at a weird house, and thought “Who lives there?” or, “What in the world does it look like inside?” We’ve all been curious, which is why the founders of the Weird Homes Tourâ„¢ began their strange and wonderful journey. Three years later, they’ve opened the doors and unlatched the windows of dozens of Texas’s strangest homes for thousands of onlookers. Why? To show that design really has no boundaries. And that we would rather neighbors be strange than be strangers. Like many other communities around the world, Austin can be fun, irreverent, outside the box, innovative, dynamic, proud, strange, and so much more. You just need to know where to look. This gorgeous book features the one-of-a-kind Austin homes that started it all for the Weird Homes Tour. Page by page, we proudly present these homes and the weird people who live in them, many of whom designed and built their awe-inspiring dwellings by hand. From grand, historic haunts to treehouses and dumpster dwellings, you’re guaranteed to find something that will inspire design changes in your own home.

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What is weird to some is what we call home in Austin. And nowhere is that more true than Austin’s Weird Homes Tour. -Steve Adler, The Honorable Mayor of Austin So jam-packed with amazing photos that it’ll scratch your oh-I-want-to-see-these-things itch. -The Austin Chronicle Filled to the brim with colorful photos, [this book] takes you into the homes you thought only existed in dreams. -Texas Standard Showcases the unique Austin homes on the [Weird Homes] tour and the people who opened their doors so we could see what’s inside-and find out more about them. -Curbed A book chronicling some of the property oddities Austin has to offer, including a Dumpster house and the former home of Friday Night Lights character Tim Riggins . . . uniquely Austin. -Austin Monthly The annual Weird Homes Tour is a staple of the Austin event scene . . . David and Chelle Neff share the evolution from creative tour to beautiful book. -CBS Austin What is weird to some is what we call home in Austin. And nowhere is that more true than Austin’s Weird Homes Tour. -Steve Adler, The Honorable Mayor of Austin So jam-packed with amazing photos that it’ll scratch your oh-I-want-to-see-these-things itch. -The Austin Chronicle Filled to the brim with colorful photos, [this book] takes you into the homes you thought only existed in dreams. -Texas Standard Showcases the unique Austin homes on the [Weird Homes] tour and the people who opened their doors so we could see what’s inside-and find out more about them. -Curbed A book chronicling some of the property oddities Austin has to offer, including a Dumpster house and the former home of Friday Night Lights character Tim Riggins . . . uniquely Austin. -Austin Monthly The annual Weird Homes Tour is a staple of the Austin event scene . . . David and Chelle Neff share the evolution from creative tour to beautiful book. -CBS Austin
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Weighed in the balance

SUMMARY: 2 cassettes / 3 hoursRead by Simon Jones”Scenes [are] described in lush, sensuous strokes by Ms. Perry. . . . Monk, the dark and brooding hero . . . infuses this luxuriantly detailed series with its romantic soul”.– “The New York Times Book Review” When Countess Zorah Rostova asks London barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone to defend her against a charge of slander, he is astonished to find himself accepting. For, without a shred of evidence, the countess insists that the prince of her small German principality was murdered by his wife, the woman who was responsible for his exile twenty years before. Though private investigator William Monk and his friend Hester Latterly, manage to establish that the prince was indeed murdered, as events unfold the likeliest suspect seems to be Countess Zorah herself. . . .

The Wee Free Men

SUMMARY: A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnaped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk’s local Nac Mac Feegle — aka the Wee Free Men — a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds — black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors — before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone….

The Wedding Contract

**A Stand Alone Ferro Novel by *New York Times* Bestselling Author H.M. Ward**
After I get the witch at the front desk to hand me my room key, I head for the shower. I was supposed to shoot my best friend’s wedding alone, and I couldn’t wait to escape New York and Nick Ferro.
Yeah, he’s beautiful, sexy, and completely charming, but he’s stealing my clients. He’s done so much damage that I’m going to be lucky if I can keep my studio open for a couple of weeks. This wedding means everything to me, and I refuse to let a spoiled brat with a shiny new MBA put me out of business. Screw that.
But then I find myself wearing nothing but a smile when the person I hate most walks through the hotel room door. Nick Ferro. Two adversaries, shooting one wedding and sharing one room for one week. What could possibly go wrong?
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Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Novel 1 of 1*

Wedding Cake

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“Hinton’s down-home charm carries the light, feel-good story with ease.”
—*Publishers Weekly*
First came *Friendship Cake, *then* Christmas Cake, *and now* Wedding Cake*—another delightful chapter in the ongoing story of the ladies of Hope Springs, North Carolina, who, after a difficult year, are banding together to find the perfect husband for a dear friend. Author Lynne Hinton has cooked up a wonderful confection that fans of Jan Karon, Fannie Flagg, and Kaye Gibbons will want to devour. *Wedding Cake *is comforting, warm, and satisfying—and it comes with delicious recipes, too!