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Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld

Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
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    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508


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Cary Grant: A Touch of Elegance by Warren Harris

Gold Gato, April 14, 2014

This is one of a multitude of books written about Cary Grant (after he died, of course). Originally published the year after he passed away, the standard stories are here and quite frankly, not much new or noteworthy. My issue with this book is the alarming number of errors in spelling and grammar. This was a mass market book of the 1980s, so there is no excuse...in those days they had editors. But the constant mistakes just continued, as though no one ever looked at what was sent out to print.

I stopped counting after 13 misspellings. Horrendous.

Book Season = Summer (throw it in the pool)
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Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling To Get Jobs and Propel Your Career (09 Edition) by Katharine Hansen
Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling To Get Jobs and Propel Your Career (09 Edition)

Gold Gato, April 14, 2014

This book came in handy when I was trying to find a collection of resumes to show the student I was tutoring. Instead of putting together the usual CV, he wanted to create a document that he could speak to, as in telling a story. This is the perfect book to use when developing updated portfolios and when preparing the initial response to the standard interview question of, "So tell me about yourself".

There are samples of documents and ideas for the storytelling section. I definitely learned some new ideas, but most importantly, it turned a dreaded lesson into a fun one for the student and for myself.

Book Season = Year Round
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories

Gold Gato, April 14, 2014

There are pure horror stories and then there are ghostly supernatural tales, of which Le Fanu was a specialist. These are the tales which make me sing and whistle as I walk deserted streets alone at night, for I was once told that spirits will stay away if one keeps a steady tune. These are the tales requiring a flashlight at night, because one is hiding beneath the covers in case a ghostly apparition makes an appearance. For those who want ghosts but not a bunch of gore, this book is a good fit.

Book Season = Autumn (winds blow, moons turn red)
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Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies
Bats at the Ballgame

Gold Gato, April 12, 2014

Although I collect illustrated children's books, this is the first "Bats At" book I purchased. Intrigued by the artwork and the simple concept of bats playing the American pastime, I did enjoy the obvious devotion to the concept. The pictures are fun, especially when grandpa bat starts reminiscing about the great bat players. Yes, there is a Lou Gehrig bat standing at the microphone, ala Gary Cooper. Cute. Most importantly, for every book purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes to Bat Conservation International.

Book Season = Summer (play ball)
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Blessings in Disguise by Alec Guinness
Blessings in Disguise

Gold Gato, April 12, 2014

This first volume in the trio of memoirs by Alec Guinness ranks high on my list as one of the best memoirs I've read. The writing equates to the acting of Guinness...refined, detailed, absorbing. In fact, it wasn't until I first read this book that I became a fan of his film acting (usually it's the other way around).

He has a sense of humour throughout and he describes the heck out of everything. Very enjoyable. Along with David Niven's books, this is one of the few autobiographies I would ever consider re-reading.

Book Season = Year Round (we shall not cease from exploration)
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