Power Control

Power Control

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    The Gaze by Elif Shafak

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary A new title from the author of The Flea Palace, shortlisted for the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction and chosen for Waterstone’s 2005 Summer Reading promotion. In her prize-wining novel, The Gaze, Shafak explores the subject of body image and desirability. An overweight woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go, and decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make up, and the woman draws a moustache on her face. The couple deal with the gaze of passers by in different ways. The woman wants to hide away from the world, while the man meets them head on, even compiling his own ‘Dictionary of the Gaze’ to show the powerful effects a simple look can have. The narrative of The Gaze is intertwined with the dwarf’s dictionary entries and the story of a bizarre freak-show organized in Istanbul in the 1880s as Shafak explores the damage which can be done by our simple desire to look at other people.  

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    The New Leaders by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary The New Leaders: Transforming The Art Of Leadership Into The Science Of Results. From the author of the No.1 bestseller Emotional Intelligence 'A well-written and practical guide to the emotions, perfectly pitched in tone and scope.'? Financial Times Building Tomorrow's Leadership? The vital role of emotional intelligence in the new style of management. As business reinvents itself at broadband speed, what makes leaders effective has inevitably been transformed. Old assumptions and old modes no longer hold; a new style of leadership that works has emerged amidst the chaos of change.  This new leader excels in the art of relationship, the singular expertise that the changing business climate renders indispensable. Excellence is being defined in interpersonal terms as companies have stripped out layers of managers, as corporations merge across national boundaries, and as customers and suppliers redefine the web of connection. Bestselling author Daniel Goleman argues that emotionally intelligent leaders are now 'must-haves' for business today. But many readers have been left with, 'so now what do I do?' The New Leaders answers that question by laying out the map for transforming leadership in individuals, in teams and organizations.  

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    Muslim Girl A Coming of Age Story by Amani Al Khatahtbeh

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary Required reading from the founder of MuslimGirl.com—a harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism. At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That same year, she heard her first racial slur. At age eleven, when the United States had begun to invade Iraq and the television was flooded with anti-Muslim commentary, Amani felt overwhelmed with feelings of intense alienation from American society. At thirteen, her family took a trip to her father’s native homeland of Jordan, and Amani experienced firsthand a culture built on pure religion, not Islamic stereotypes. Inspired by her trip and after years of feeling like her voice as a Muslim woman was marginalized and neglected during a time when all the media could talk about was, ironically, Muslim women, Amani created a website called MuslimGirl. As the editor-in-chief, she put together a team of Muslim women and started a life dedicated to activism. This is the extraordinary account of Amani’s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation’s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.  While dispelling the myth that a headscarf makes you a walking target for terrorism, she shares both her own personal accounts and anecdotes from the “sisterhood” of writers that serve as her editorial team at MuslimGirl. Amani’s honest, urgent message is fresh, timely, and a deeply necessary counterpoint to the current rhetoric about the Middle East.  

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    From Recipients to Donors by Emma Mawdsley

    Ksh 2799

    Brief Summary From Recipients to Donors: Emerging Powers and the Changing Development Landscape Foreign aid has seen enormous changes in the last decade. In the early millennium, it appeared that donor nations might succeed in combating partisan interests, and commit to a new era of coordinated policies and practices. However, the last few years have witnessed a number of challenges to this model: the problematic intrusion of security agendas; inherent difficulties in harmonization and alignment; and difficulties in securing promised finances after the financial crises.  One of the key challenges arises from the growing proliferation of donors, with the growing flow of development funds that are by-passing the official agencies and being directed through NGOs, foundations, private organizations, and remittances.  While reviewing all of these issues, this book focuses on one of the biggest challenges, the growth of so-called "New development donors," such as Brazil, China, Hungary, Korea, India, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates. Some of these countries are relative newcomers to formal development assistance, while others have been active for decades. Their increasing visibility has been driven by: the rapidly expanding scale and scope of China's development assistance around the world; scrutiny of Islamic aid following 9/11; and EU debates over development policy alignment following the EU-15 accession in 2004.  Are the growth of these new development donors a positive or negative thing for development? From Recipients to Donors weighs the positive and negative effects before concentrating on the new donors direct "development cooperation" policies and practices. Drawing on the author's rich original empirical research, while expertly condensing existing published and unpublished material, this is an essential and unique critical analysis and review for anyone with an academic or professional interest in development, aid, and international relations.   

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    Mombasa Raha My Foot by Haroun Risa

    Ksh 1499

    Brief Summary A group of Kenyan youth, disappointed in not finding jobs after school, stumble upon a lottery competition in its final rounds and decide to try their luck, winning the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Their stopover being at the Orchard son-Yusuf Beach Resort head offices in Mombasa, they celebrate by attending the Coastal Cultural Festival.  Everything seems to go well until one by one, they wake up next to tripod stands near their beds.   

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    Quiet by Susan Cain

    Ksh 1399

    Brief Summary Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts--from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.   

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    Why Men Can Only Do One Thing at A Time and Women Never Stop Talking

    Ksh 1399

    Brief Summary In this hilarious book, Allan and Barbara Pease highlight the differences between men and women in the way they think and act.  Why are women radar detectors; why do men hate to be wrong? Each page features a snippet of wisdom, bound to produce laughter from even the most cynical soul.  The perfect giftbook for men and women.  

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    Say it and Live it 50 Corporate Mission Statements that Hit the Mark

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Say It And Live It is the first collection of provocative, passionate, and intelligent corporate mission statements -- the most powerful and popular managerial tool in business today. A corporate mission statement is the most dramatic presentation of a company's vision and its goal. No other document -- annual report, press release, news article, statement from the board of directors -- tells us more about a company's values and ethics than a mission statement. Companies know that if they write it down, they will have to live up to it -- so they devote months, even years, the energy of people from the CEO on down, and significant sums of money to crafting them.  Say It And Live Itis the only source of information for the many business people who are presently writing their own mission statements. In it, authors Patricia Jones and Larry Kahaner show that industry leaders are frequently corporations that truly live their mission statements. Some of the winners include: Avis, Ben & Jerry's, Boeing, Citicorp, General Electric, Gillette, Hallmark Cards, IBM, Kellogg's, Reader's Digest, Saturn, Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Xerox. Say It And Live It is a collection of the fifty best corporate mission statements in America.  Each entry consists of the company's complete mission statement, along with an explanation of how it was written, a lesson about how that mission statement saved the company or motivated employees, or comments from the CEO or the president. The introduction points out the common elements of these philosophical documents, while the final chapter is a list of tips on how you can write your own mission statement.  

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    This Is How You Pitch How To Kick Ass In Your First Years of PR by Ed Zitron

    Ksh 2299

    Brief Summary So you want to work in PR? Does the idea of glamorous parties, open bars and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous sound like an exciting career for you? Then neither this book nor a career in Public Relations are for you.  This book will teach you all you need to know about public relations, from what to do on your first day at your desk to how to start your own PR agency. You’ll learn the core skill of the business: pitching. It’ll also tell you how to avoid becoming a buzzword-spitting automaton that the media will hate.  Written by a PR veteran who has done it all – and made every mistake along the way – This Is How You Pitch is an honest, direct guidebook to Public Relations and how to survive your first years in the business and how to turn it into a prosperous, fulfilling career.  

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    Why We Buy The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary Is there a method to our madness when it comes to shopping? Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a Sherlock Holmes for retailers," author and research company CEO Paco Underhill answers with a definitive "yes" in this witty, eye-opening report on our ever-evolving consumer culture.  Why We Buy is based on hard data gleaned from thousands of hours of field research–in shopping malls, department stores, and supermarkets across America.  With his team of sleuths tracking our every move, Paco Underhill lays bare the struggle among merchants, marketers, and increasingly knowledgeable consumers for control.   

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    Delias Complete How to Cook by Delia Smith

    Ksh 5499

    Brief Summary Delias Complete How to Cook: Both a Guide for Beginners and a Tried and Tested Recipe Collection for Life Delia always has her finger on the button. For 40 years she has continually, throughout her books, writing and television programmes, enabled millions of people who lack confidence or experience to cook for their families and loved ones without fear. Now in 2009 she has released Delia's Complete How to Cook, a compilation of her celebrated How to Cook series, a totally comprehensive 700 page guide to basic cooking, so that everyone from nine to ninety has every cooking skill they will ever need in one volume. Including hundreds of recipes for every possible occasion, all with Delia's no-nonsense approach and easy to follow instructions.  There has never been a greater need either to learn to cook or to return to home cooking. And here it is in one volume, absolutely appropriate for the times we live in.  

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    Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one of America's best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life. Is someone else's problem your problem? If, like so many others, you've lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else's, you may be codependent--and you may find yourself in this book--Codependent No More.  With instructive life stories, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests, Codependent No More is a simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency--charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness. Melody Beattie is the author of Beyond Codependency, The Language of Letting Go, Stop Being Mean to Yourself, The Codependent No More Workbook, and Playing It by Heart.  

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