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Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Synopsis: Give Yourself a Raise is a complete how-to guide for finding more money to reduce the stress in your life and lead you to financial freedom. Suitable for beginners and professionals alike, it will lead you to more contentment about money! Unique to this book are: The Financial Freedom Risk Assessment Quiz-take it and evaluate your own risk! Goals made easy-the complete foundation for personal money management The Freedom Money Management System™-harness the power of electronic banking to organize your personal finances You will also learn how to: Control impulse spending Eliminate family conflict Get out of debt and stay out Practice spending strategies to stretch your income Stop wasting money
About the Author: Gordon Bennett has many years of practical business and financial management experience as a commercial bank executive, financial industry management consultant with one of the leading accounting firms, business owner, and trainer. He has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Southern California. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Management teaching graduate business courses. As a consultant and trainer for banks Gordon both wrote and taught classes in financial analysis, consumer credit, personal financial management, financial statement analysis, and understanding finance for the non-financial manager. This foundation of experience has provided the insights essential for helping people who are struggling with money matters to solve their problems. He is known for his ability to simplify complex topics so they can be learned quickly and easily.
Note: Synopsis and About the Author are taken from Amazon
Review: Give Yourself a Raise is a complete, easy to read guide on personal money management. Author Gordon Bennett Bleil provides pointed information and solid advice on a vast array of financial hot topics. It is a practical reference tool that can be skimmed, and visited again and again. This book hits the basics of everything from investing, to insurance, and even emergency preparedness. As a bonus it also offers some helpful budgeting forms, and tactics to get out of debt and save up for big purchases. For this reviewer, his strategies for debt management, investing, retirement, credit scores, identity theft, and emergency preparedness were the most beneficial. He also provides user friendly money management worksheets and step-by-step directions on how to use them. I found the Financial Freedom Risk Assessment Quiz particularly helpful and interesting to take. This helped me to easily identify a few areas where my family could become more financially responsible. Overall, I think that Give Yourself a Raise will help readers view money differently. In turn this will lead to less stress and hopefully some financial freedom.
Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the author and The Cadence Group as I received a copy of this book for free from them.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
During the 19th century, a panopticon was a prison or asylum with an all-seeing eye. Some of the C-shaped prisons with central watchtowers still stand in the U.S. and Europe.
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Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Documents the author's investigation into a shattering childhood trauma in South Africa, tracing the discovery of her grandfather's abuse of her mother, which compelled her mother's unsuccessful attempt to kill him before fleeing the country.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Realizing during a trip to Paris that she no longer loves her husband, Berie Carr remembers her childhood in upstate New York, where she shared a deep friendship with a captivating older girl named Sils.
Alina Simone is a singer and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and came to the U.S. at a young age as the daughter of political refugees after her father refused recruitment by the KGB and was blacklisted for ‘refusal to cooperate.’ Raised in the suburbs of Massachusetts, Simone moved to Austin, Texas after graduating from art school in Boston. It was there that she first started singing in public, in the doorway of an abandoned bar on Sixth Street. After the release of her first EP, Prettier in the Dark (2005), and her debut album, Placelessness (2007, 54º 40′ or Fight!), Simone became known for her sparse instrumentation and raw and powerful delivery, earning national airplay and critical acclaim.
Joan Silber was raised in New Jersey and received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing with Grace Paley. She moved to New York after college and has made it her home ever since. She holds an M.A. from New York University.
Oonya Kempadoo was born in England to Guyanese parents. She has lived in Europe and on various islands in the Caribbean. Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published in 1998 to great acclaim. Her second novel, Tide Running, won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Literary Prize for best English or Creole novel. Kempadoo lives in St. George’s, Grenada.
Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City. She is the author of three novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and the forthcoming The Celestials. Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, and Ploughshares, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in More, Self, USA Today, and the Boston Globe, among others. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she lives with her husband, novelist Jim Shepard, and their three children.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award Winner Stephanie Powell Watts knows what it's like to be an African American Jehovah's Witness in the South. She talks about how this experience informs her characters and reads from her book WE ARE TAKING ONLY WHAT WE NEED.
In this inventive collection of linked stories, women confront loss and grief as they sift through the wreckage of their lives. A woman struggles with the death of her friend in a plane crash. A daughter decides whether to take her father off life support in the Pushcart Prize-winning “Cowboys.” And when a man hits his girlfriend, she calls it an accident. (graywolfpress) bears witness to alarming and strange incidents: carnival rides and plane crashes, affairs spied through keyholes and amateur porn, vandalism and petty theft. Steinberg challenges conventional gender roles and subverts assumptions about narrative with a fierce, lyric intensity, as these wounded women stand at the edge of disaster and risk it all to speak their sharpest secrets. A vital and turbulent book from a distinctive voice, will break your heart, and then, before the last page is turned, will bind it up anew.