Top Ten Books This Week - May 6 , 2018
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On May 07, 2018


1. Charlan Nemeth:No!: The Power of Disagreement in a World that Wants to Get Along:Rs 599.00

 We like to get along, at home or in the workplace. We don't want to hurt people or offend. Therefore, it is no surprise that numerous famous psychological experiments have proven that we don't tend to go against authority or the majority view. Famous management gurus share the view that harmony, cohesiveness and agreement are the building blocks for effective decision-making and creativity. But they are wrong. In No!, Charlan Nemeth, the world's leading expert on dissent, uses her 35 years of research to show why we need rebels - and how fostering more disagreement can dramatically improve decisions and the production of good ideas. Using examples from Twelve Angry Men to brainstorming, she explains how people with minority opinions need the space to express themselves uncompromisingly, even if it causes discomfort. Explaining why the devil's advocate technique doesn't work and why authentic disagreement is necessary to open our perspectives, this book has the power to revolutionise business, creative organisations, and society.

2. Mikael Krogerus:The Communication Book:44 ideas for Better Communication Everyday:RS 299.00

 The internationally bestselling duo Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler have tested the 44 most important communication theories from Aristotle's thoughts on presenting through Proust on asking questions to the Harvard negotiation project for their practicality in daily business life. In the communication book they distil them into a single volume that in their winning way turns seemingly difficult ideas into clear and entertaining diagrams.From running better meetings and improving the conversations in your head to brushing up on your listening skills and small talk, the pair masterfully fuses theoretical knowledge and business advice with humour and practicality. With sections on work, the self, relationships and language, they show that we can improve not only what we communicate, but how we do so.Whether you're a ceo or starting out or want to improve your relationships at home this smartly-illustrated and compact guide will improve your communication skills and help you form more meaningful connections at work, while smiling too.

3. Rand Fishkin:Lost and Founder:A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World:Rs 699.00

 Everyone knows how a start-up story is supposed to go, a young, brilliant entrepreneur has an cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions and becomes the envy of the technology world. This is not that story.Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, is one of the world's leading experts on seo. Moz is now a dollar 45 million a year business, but Fishkin's business and reputation took 15 years to grow and his start-up began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt. Now fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech start-up mythology, exposing the ups and downs of start-up life that most ceos would rather keep secret. For instance, a minimally viable product can be destructive if you launch at the wrong moment. Growth hacking may be the buzzword du jour, but initiatives to your business can fizzle quickly. Revenue and profitability won't protect you from layoffs. and venture capital always comes with strings attached.In lost and founder Fishkin reveals the mostly awful, sometimes awesome truth about start-up culture with the transparency and humour that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love. Fishkin's hard-won lessons are applicable to any kind of business environment and this book can help solve your problems and make you feel less alone for having them.

4. Marshall Goldsmith:How Women Rise:Break the 12 habits Holding you Back:Rs 699.00

 By the bestselling author of What got you here won’t get you there, do you hesitate about putting forward ideas. Are you reluctant to claim credit for your achievements. Do you find it difficult to get the support you need from your boss or the recognition you deserve from your colleagues. If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, how women rise will help get you back on track. Inspiring and practical by turns, it identifies 12 common habits that can prove an obstacle to future success and tells you how to overcome them. In the process, it points the way to a career that will satisfy your ambitions and help you make the difference you want to make in the world. How women rise is a great read for any woman who wants to identify self-defeating behaviours that are holding her back, gain insight into why she engages in those behaviours and develop skills to confidently achieve her goals. ’ Lois P. Frankel, author of nice girls don’t get the corner office.

5. Ramya Ramamurthy:Rebuild: How Indian Brands Overcame Crisis and Emerged Stronger, Better, Wiser :Rs 599.00

 What happens when prominent brands: Send faulty products into the market? Defy governmental regulations? Back the wrong marketing message? Have management spats in public? Or simply fail to anticipate a major trend? Over the years, prominent brands in India across product categories, both home-grown and multinational, have tackled crises – some unexpected and some self-inflicted, but each a defining factor in shaping a company’s future. In a first-of-its-kind narrative, Rebuild brings together the stories behind some of India’s biggest businesses that dealt with potential disaster and emerged on the other side – either victorious or wiser. Digging deep into the crisis management strategies adopted by companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kingfisher, Tata Sons, Indian Premier League, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Nestlé Maggi Noodles and several more, it analyses the steps that different organizations have taken to minimize damage to their brand, and describes how if at all they recovered. Featuring interviews with top management executives as well as expert brand-watchers, Rebuild closely examines the circumstances that cause brands to falter – faulty products, leadership changes, disastrous sales cycles and competition activity, among others – and provides invaluable insights that may serve as cautionary tales for organizations, both small and large.

1. Christoph Ransmayr:The Flying Mountain:Rs 799.00

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018 In a publishing world that is all too full of realist novels written in  undistinguished prose, discernible only by their covers, the Flying Mountain stands out if for no other reason than that it consists entirely of blank verse. And that form is most suitable for the epic voyage Christoph Ransmayr relates: The Flying Mountain tells the story of two brothers who leave the southwest coast of Ireland on an expedition to Trans Himalaya, the land of Kham, and the mountains of eastern Tibet looking for an untamed, unnamed mountain that represents perhaps the last blank spot on the map. As they advance toward their goal, the brothers find their past, and their rivalry, inescapable, inflecting every encounter and decision as they are drawn farther and farther from the world they once knew. Only one of the brothers will return. Transformed by his loss, he starts life anew, attempting to understand the mystery of love, yet another quest that may prove impossible. The Flying Mountain is thrilling, surprising, and lyrical by turns; readers looking for something truly new will be rewarded for joining Ransmayr on this journey.

2. Ruth Dugdall:The Woman Before Me:Rs 499.00

They came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days. Rose Wilks' life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until Tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect. Now, having spent nearly five years behind bars, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for Luke's death, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement. Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so… by what means?

3. Sarah Bailey:The Dark Lake:Rs 599.00

 A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode... A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. But that's not all Gemma's trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim's past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths...

4. Jia Pingwa:Happy Dreams:Rs 499.00

 From one of China’s foremost authors, Jia Pingwa’s Happy Dreams is a powerful depiction of life in industrializing contemporary China, in all its humor and pathos, as seen through the eyes of Happy Liu, a charming and clever rural laborer who leaves his home for the gritty, harsh streets of Xi’an in search of better life.After a disastrous end to a relationship, Hawa “Happy” Liu embarks on a quest to find the recipient of his donated kidney and a life that lives up to his self-given moniker. Traveling from his rural home in Freshwind to the city of Xi’an, Happy brings only an eternally positive attitude, his devoted best friend Wufu, and a pair of high-heeled women’s shoes he hopes to fill with the love of his life.In Xi’an, Happy and Wufu find jobs as trash pickers sorting through the city’s filth, but Happy refuses to be deterred by inauspicious beginnings. In his eyes, dusty birds become phoenixes, the streets become rivers, and life is what you make of it. When he meets the beautiful Yichun, he imagines she is the one to fill the shoes and his Cinderella-esque dream. But when the harsh city conditions and the crush of societal inequalities take the life of his friend and shake Happy to his soul, he’ll need more than just his unrelenting optimism to hold on to the belief that something better is possible.

5. Colm Toibin;House of Names:Rs 399.00

 THE TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.'On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice.
His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory.Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.House of Names is a story of intense longing and shocking betrayal. It is a work of great beauty, and daring, from one of our finest living writers.

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