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man’s futuristic aspirations become reality.
Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career
By Kerry Hannon.
2015. 208p. Wiley, paper, $19.95 (9781118898062);
e-book (978118898055). 650.1.
Hannon, expert in career transitions, recommends that “if you’re feeling stuck and
frustrated . . . at work, [consider] changes at
your current job that will bring satisfaction
and meaning to your work life.” Changing
jobs or starting businesses are not leaps that
everyone can succeed at over time, so what can
be done to rebound from current workplace
malaise? The author presents wide-ranging
ideas and strategies, including asking for new
responsibilities, a promotion, or a transfer or
moving forward with a flexible work schedule,
salary increase, or new assignment. These and
other options presented are personal—each
individual must decide on a plan for himself
to move forward in his job, and then own that
plan. Hannon’s HOVER approach creates
change in your work life: hope/confidence;
optimism/positive approach; value your skills
and talents; enthusiasm/energy for change; re-silience/ability to face adversity or failure. This
thought-provoking book for finding fulfillment in the workplace will provide important
insight for many library patrons facing challenges in their jobs. —Mary Whaley
Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the
Business of Beauty.
By Robert Lacey.
June 2015. 368p. illus. Harper, $29.99 (9780062108074).
Eileen Ford and her husband, Jerry, built
one of the world’s largest and most successful modeling agencies, launching the careers
of icons from Suzy Parker and Lauren Hutton
to Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell.
The Ford agency, started in 1947, would
The Power Playbook: Rules for
go on to earn a reputation for hard-nosed
business dealing with clients with high and
uncompromisingly stringent standards that
led to the celebrity supermodel. Eileen did
some modeling in college and learned how
poorly models were treated. She went on to
do the behind-the-scenes grunt work of ar-
ranging modeling engagements until she
struck on the idea of representing models.
She clawed her way to the top of the glamor-
ous but cutthroat fashion business, protecting
her models but demanding loyalty in return.
Lacey draws on interviews with Ford and her
friends, colleagues, and rivals for a intensive
look at a highly competitive business, with
fabulous turf battles and clashing egos among
the biggest names in fashion, including Di-
ana Vreeland, John Casablancas, and Janice
Dickinson. A compelling portrait of a savvy
businesswoman who transformed the model-
ing business. —Vanessa Bush
Independence, Money, Success.
By La La Anthony.
May 2015. Penguin/Celebra, $24.95 (9780451473462).
The word power has a lot of meanings.
And coupled with the word playbook, it just
might imply a guide for succeeding in business without really trying. Far from it. Author
(The Love Playbook), actor, and radio/TV host
Anthony advocates, first, loving yourself,
then following up with passion, purpose, and
gratefulness. In a sense, then, she’s sharing
her principles for living an exceptional life.
What she also shares with readers are takes
Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games,
from her own life story/playbook, whether
they concern persistence or failure, money or
mentoring. Each short chapter features a few
personal anecdotes, plus around five to six “re-
member these.” For instance, individuals need
to understand and embrace the reasons failure
can be powerful: It teaches you about yourself;
it shows you what doesn’t work; it makes you
stronger. Anthony takes aim at women who
can’t abide other women; at those who won’t
eliminate the appropriate people, thoughts,
and things from their lives; and at those who
can’t understand how to adopt both fear
and gratitude. Wise words for the world.
Grammar, and Geek Underground.
By John D. Williams.
June 2015. 256p. illus. Norton/Liveright, $25.95
For Scrabble fans—and they are everywhere, young and old, male and female—this
walk down memory lane with the former
National Scrabble Association (NSA) executive director is informative, funny, anecdotal,
and bittersweet, for in the end, Hasbro shut
the association’s doors, giving its activities to
those who merely love the game (and don’t
get paid for working with it), and Williams
stepped out, in 2013. Here word-geek Williams offers a tell-all of the good old days
of TV appearances, innovations, celebrity
call-outs (Jack Black is a fan) but, mainly,
of establishing national, international, and
school-based Scrabble tournaments. Many
found their métiers pushing those tiles into
words. Playing well involves math skills, anagrammatic abilities, and—of course—a love
of language, old terms as well as new. Scrabble
will continue, however, without the NSA and
its savvy positioning of the board game within
a changing world, and aficionados will treasure this book for its appendixes: “offensive”
words; short Q, J, X, and Z words; “Important
Vowel Dumps”; and more. —Eloise Kinney
By Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs.
May 2015. 524p. illus. Oxford, $34.95 (9780199334414).
The most famous medical researcher of the
twentieth century, inventor of the first success-
$14.95 US | ISBN 978-1-61212-567-1 | No. 622567
Photographs and illustrations throughout
224 Pages | Paperback | 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
ß Storey Publishing
ANEvery cabin tells a story. For Spike
Carlsen it’s the story of starting anew
with his second wife, Kat, and blending
heir family of five children. With
humor and humility, Carlsen recounts
he tale of how they built their cabin
with hands, head, and heart — and
plenty of blisters along the way.