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The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
The Girl in the Blue Beret

annielaurasmith, September 1, 2011

This ficionalized account of life in occupied Europe during World War II brings a realistic historical perspective to the story since the author based the story on her father-in-law's experiences as a downed Allied airman.She also interviewed members of the Resistance who helped him to escape German capture.
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The Madonnas of Leningrad (P.S.) by Debra Dean
The Madonnas of Leningrad (P.S.)

annielaurasmith, April 3, 2010


Dementia has robbed Marina’s understanding of the present, but it has not eroded her memories of 1941 war-torn Leningrad. Then she worked as a docent at the Hermitage Museum, helping other staff members save the priceless collection from the approach of the German Army. As she removed paintings from their frames for evacuation to safety, the images remained in her mind. She could give gallery tours with just the empty frames on the walls. Now elderly she lives in America, and cannot relate to the upcoming wedding of her granddaughter. As Marina chooses a dress, she sees the blue in her dress as that of the robin’s-egg blue dress in Thomas Gainsborough’s Portrait of the Duchess of Beaufort, which she removed from its gilt frame. The author stays true to the historical facts of World War II in Russia, and gives the reader haunting glimpses into life during the Siege of Leningrad.
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Nonprofit Management: Everything You Need to Know about Managing Your Organization Explained Simply - With Companion CD-ROM by Atlantic Publishing
Nonprofit Management: Everything You Need to Know about Managing Your Organization Explained Simply - With Companion CD-ROM

annielaurasmith, December 1, 2009

Nonprofit Management: Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Organization Explained Simply
This book provides excellent strategies for nonprofit management and gives specific guidelines for managing your own organization. Since there are more than 1.4 million registered nonprofit organizations in the United States (per the National Center for Charitable Statistics), this book will meet their needs as these organizations seek direction to meet the challenges of running a nonprofit. A comprehensive Table of Contents defines the content. Chapters cover a range of topics from why a nonprofit organization, boards, legal requirements, organizational infrastructure, clients, publicity and marketing, fundraising, budgeting and accounting, leadership and management strategies, human resources and volunteers, obstacles and evaluating the organization.
Appendix resources include simple bylaws, volunteer application, and donor appeal letters donation request. thank-you letter to fund raiser attendees, online and print resources. A glossary defines relevant terms and a bibliography cites research sources. An index provides easy navigation through the book. A companion CD-ROM contains worksheets, checklists, and tables to aid in your nonprofit management strategy...
BIBLIO: 2009, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., 408 pages, $24.95.
REVIEWER: Annie Laura Smith
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60138-246-7
ISBN: 10: 1-60138-246-4
Star Rating: 5

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How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step-By-Step Plan for Making It Happen by L. Rigdon
How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step-By-Step Plan for Making It Happen

annielaurasmith, December 1, 2009

How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step-by-Step Plan for Making It Happen by L. Rigdon
Sixty percent of all employees wish they had another job. This book includes all of the essential tools needed to make this change and create the work you want through a step-by-step personal guide. A comprehensive Table of Contents defines the content. An index provides easy navigation through the book. The worksheets, tips, case studies, and practical suggestions in each chapter will help you to stay on task to make this change to discover work you really love to do and find a new, viable career.
Part One covers your current location: where you are and where you want to be
Part Two discusses preparing for the journey: a closer look at the road ahead. Part Three explores starting your journey: how to be a success. Part Four examines where your journey may go: the ups and downs of changing a career.
An Appendix provides information about financial assistance with furthering your education; personality and career tests; vocational books and dedicated search engines; job application spreadsheet, cover letter and résumé format examples, business card reproduction services and sample thank-you letters. A bibliography provides relevant sources, websites, case study interviews and recommended reading.
BIBLIO: 2009, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., 360 pages, $24.95.
REVIEWER: Annie Laura Smith
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60138-288-7
ISBN: 10: 1-60138-288-X
Star Rating: 5
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The Six SIGMA Manual for Small and Medium Businesses: What You Need to Know Explained Simply by Craig Baird
The Six SIGMA Manual for Small and Medium Businesses: What You Need to Know Explained Simply

annielaurasmith, December 1, 2009

The Six Sigma Manual for Small and Medium Businesses: What you Need to Know Explained Simply by Craig W. Wilson
This manual provides what you need to know about Six Sigma, a registered service mark and trademark of Motorola, Inc. The model was created in 1986 and provides a set of practices to systematically eliminate defects in a product or service. The two main methodologies involved with Six Sigma, DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) and DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify) are discussed in this book in detail. Baird defines how the component parts accomplish Six Sigma’s goals and methods. Other methodologies are also addressed. A comprehensive Table of Contents defines the content. An index provides easy navigation through the book.
Anyone with organizational responsibility who needs to be compliant with Six Sigma will find practical advice and tips in this book to implement Six Sigma successfully into their products or services. The easily read well-developed chapters, and organization of the book will provide a relevant map to achieve these desired goals. Baird shows that Six Sigma is not just a concept, but a workable set of practices which will ensure customer satisfaction.
BIBLIO: 2009, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., 288 pages, $24.95.
REVIEWER: Annie Laura Smith
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60138-233-7
ISBN: 10: 1-60138-233-2

Star Rating: 5


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