|The A to Z of Popular Books|
The A to Z of Popular Books
A is for... Linda Austin
Much has been written about the glass ceiling in business that seems to prevent women from entering the boardroom, but Linda Austin takes a different view - as she writes in the introduction to What's Holding You Back? "Many women will never reach the point where a door bangs in their face because they've already slipped out a side exit". She discusses the psychological glass ceiling, an invisible barrier erected by women that prevents themselves from moving upwards. By explaining the reasons for this under-achievement and presenting the ways to channel ambition and stay focused, Austin gives many tips to help the professional woman achieve her true potential.
B is for... Beowulf
C is for... Cider House Rules
D is for... Cybill Disobedience
Or How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think. From her early films as object of desire through her Moonlighting years with Bruce Willis to the almost-true-to-life comedy that bears her name, Cybill Shephard has always shone through as a woman with opinions and the wit to state them. No-one could say she was the greatest actress in the world (she is always teetering on the edge of laughing at her own jokes) but she comes across as a warm and honest human being both on screen and in this book. As one reviewer says "For everyone who thinks Cybil is as special as she does". Buy it!
E is for... Eating Well For Optimum Health
F is for... Finest News Reporting
G is for... John Grisham
Typically described as the highly "bankable" author, John Grisham takes a slightly different direction in his latest novel, The Brethren. True there are law connections - the brethren of the title are three ex-judges who conspire to blackmail wealthy, closeted gay-men from their prison cells, but unlike other books, there is less action and a more thoughtful narrative prose. As well as scrawling his pen over the theme of power and justice, Grisham also weaves the use of puppet politicians into the interesting and complex plot. For some less compelling than previous novels, The Brethren is nevertheless as "bankable" as previous movie-bound tales...
H is for... Harry Potter
The latest Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a huge bestseller. As a struggling single mother in an Edinburgh bedsit, Jo Rowling could not have imagined the fantastic success of her children's novel when she began work on the first book. A few years later and she is the fastest selling new author in the world. The new book was published in July. Also available are the three other Harry Potter books including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry's third year at Hogwarts begins after a dreadful summer at his aunt and uncle's. Having turned one of their visitors into a inflatable balloon, Harry escapes in a three-decker bus. Returning to school he finds rather than being punished, he is being closely guarded since the notorious Prisoner of Azkaban has escaped and is after our hero... The third book in the series is another enjoyable romp through the world of magic with a plot that explains much of Harry's past...
I is for... The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession
|© 2000, Compiled by Alan J Stuart|