- A THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD: A Memoir of China's Past Through its Proverbs
The author of the international bestsellers Watching the Tree and Falling Leaves has always been fascinated by proverbs and their importance and use in China. Both her book titles are based on such proverbs. The majority of Chinese proverbs are drawn from the 1st century, when the First King of all China established his leadership over the whole country and its warring kingdoms. In ancient China, a scholar's conversation would be studded with appropriate sayings, and a man's status in society would be defined by his use and knowledge of proverbs. In modern China, much of this is still true, and proverbs are used daily. Adeline Yen Mah introduces us to the whole rich picture of the first century BC when after the long wars between states, China was finally united and the richness of the literature and art could flourish. She portrays the leaders, the plots and the counter-revolutions with great vividness and liveliness so that even those ignorant of Chinese history become absorbed. And as in all her other books, she relates the historical episodes and the proverbs derived from these to experiences in her own life. One of the major expressions of this age was of course the First King's tomb with its terracotta soldiers, of horses and carriages and the stones of the building. The re-finding of this monument - now open to us all - and Adeline Yen Mah's own experiences there, are extraordinary. A Thousand Pieces of Gold, following Watching the Tree and Falling Leaves, is a personal account by a much loved author, but it is also a lively history of the fascinating period of civilisation when Europe was barely out of the stone age.
A collection of stories from some of the world's greatest writers about their own public humiliation. Humiliation is not, of course, unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. There is something about the conjunction of high-mindedness and low income that is inherently comic; something about the very idea of deeply private thoughts -- carefully worked and honed into art over the years -- being presented to a public audience of dubious strangers, that strays perilously close to tragedy. Here, in over eighty contributions, are stories about the writer's audience, the fellow readers, the organiser, the venue, the 'hospitality', or the often interminable journey there and back. Then there are the experiences of teaching and being taught, reviewing and being reviewed, of festivals and writers' retreats, symposia, signing sessions, literary parties and prizes, the trips abroad, with all the attendant joys of translation and, finally, the bright worlds of television and radio that can bring so many more people to share in your shame. reader, apart from the sheer schadenfreude of it all, there is admiration too: for that acknowledgement of human frailty, of punctured pride, but also of the seeming absurdity of trying to bring private art into the public space. Contributions from, amongst others: Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Louis de Bernieres, Margaret Drabble, Roddy Doyle, AL Kennedy, John Lanchester, Patrick McCabe, Rick Moody, Andrew Motion, Andrew O'Hagan, Colm Toibin, Irvine Welsh, James Wood.
- The International Garlic Cookbook
Few foods inspire as passionate a response as garlic. The very word conjures up images of rich and delectable dishes - Italian pasta, Chinese stir-fries, Mediterranean sauces, French everything. Few foods are reputed to, possess such powers - from warding off vampires and the common cold to preventing heart disease. Scientists study it, chefs experiment with it, and the rest of us revel in it.The International Garlic Cookbook brings together nearly 50 recipes from around the world, selected from the popular Best Of cookbook series. All show off the "stinking rose" in its wonderful variety - whole or chopped, quickly saut6ed or slowly roasted, robust or gentle. Garlic fanciers can indulge their fantasies with Roasted Garlic from the Mediterranean, all-American Garlic Mashed Potatoes, North Beach Cioppino from California, France's classic Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, and Italy's popular Fettuccine al Pesto. Here, too ,are Garlic Soup from Spain, Stir-Fried Spinach with Fragrant Garlic from China, and Steamed Mussels Layered with Thai Herbs from Thailand. Beautiful color photographs throughout bring this extraordinary culinary collection to life.
- Direct from Dell Strategies
Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computer and one of the world's top businessmen, explains how to foster and maintain a competitive edge, drawing lessons from his own formidable success. At the age of twelve Michael Dell earned USD 2000 selling stamps, and by the age of eighteen he was selling customized PCs from his dorm room. He went on to found one of the most successful computer businesses in the world, redefining the industry with his direct model process and pioneering customer support. Direct From Dell teaches you how to get to the front of the pack and stay there. Michael Dell shares his perspectives on: * Why, initially, it's better to have too little capital rather than too much * How studying customers, not competition will give you a greater competitive edge * Exploiting the Internet -- Dell sells an amazing USD 10 million-worth of systems per day over www.dell.com * Why your people pose a greater threat to your business than the competition * How to exploit the competition's weakness by exposing its greatest strength * How integrating vertically can make the difference between surivival and collapse Revealing nothing less than a new model for business in the information age, Direct from Dell is both a success story and a manifesto for revolutionizing any industry.
- Raving Fans!
With a new foreword by Ken Blanchard A straightforward and snappy guide to successful customer service from the author of the bestselling The One Minute Manager. Raving Fans, in a nutshell, is the advice given to a new Area Manager on his first day - in an extraordinary business book that will help everyone, in every kind of organisation or business, deliver stunning customer service and achieve miraculous bottom-line results. Raving Fans is written in the parable style of The One Minute Manager and uses a brilliantly simple and charming story to teach how to define a vision, learn what a customer really wants, institute effective systems, and make Raving Fan Service a constant feature - not just a passing fad. Business is in the midst of a service crisis that has left millions of disillusioned customers in its wake. Raving Fans includes startling new tips and innovative techniques that can help anyone create a revolution in any workplace - and turn their customers into raving, spending fans.