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ISBN13: 9781582344393
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From the best-selling author of Lloyd: What Happened, a brilliant tale about life inside the corporation; how easily such a life can unravel; and whether coming apart is really such a bad thing after all.

Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in charge of Total Quality, a position that confers upon him great powers and a ridiculous expense account. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. CaroleAnne has always brought something a little offbeat to the workplace, but as anyone at the company will tell you, she is also gorgeous, appealing, and a top-notch office manager.

As observed by our affable, eagle-eyed narrator, Fred Tell, Harb and CaroleAnne develop a relationship that's as affectionate as it is professional. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, Harb begins to lose traction in the hierarchy, and suddenly, both he and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation. And at the center of the investigation, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

Combining warmth, stinging satire, and humane insight in equal parts, Stanley Bing delivers a hilarious and eminently timely novel, set in a world that everyone who's ever worked for a living will recognize as his or her own.

Review:

"[A] great read and Bing's best take to date on how people cope with the political idiosyncrasies of the buttoned-down business world." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Roundly entertaining and surprisingly touching. You Look Nice Today is a comic novel with a tragic heart...A cockeyed love letter to the executive suite." Time

Review:

"What a wonderful novel to argue about and chuckle over. If there are any truly integrated book clubs in America — not just by race, but by gender and class-here's a title for discussion that will delay dessert." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"[T]he story will ring true with anyone who has had to deal with unbalanced employees. Satirical, well written." Library Journal

Review:

"While its ending is foreordained (and a bit pat), the story succeeds marvelously in its seasoned appreciation of the many pleasures — and perils — of executive life." Kirkus Reviews

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"Bing is in control, a savvy decoder of the sleights and feints of co-worker interaction." New York Times

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"A riveting and enjoyable story." Booklist

Synopsis:

Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in Charge of Total Quality. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, the vagaries of corporate power shift, and suddenly, both Harb and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation-and at its center, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

Synopsis:

Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in Charge of Total Quality. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, the vagaries of corporate power shift, and suddenly, both Harb and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation-and at its center, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

Stanley Bing's books include the best-sellers Throwing the Elephant and What Would Machiavelli Do?, as well as the novel Lloyd: What Happened. A columnist for Fortune, he also works for a huge multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in charge of Total Quality, a position that confers upon him great powers and a ridiculous expense account. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. CaroleAnne has always brought something a little offbeat to the workplace, but as anyone at the company will tell you, she is also gorgeous, appealing, and a top-notch office manager.

As observed by our affable, eagle-eyed narrator, Fred Tell, Harb and CaroleAnne develop a relationship that's as affectionate as it is professional. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, Harb begins to lose traction in the hierarchy, and suddenly, both he and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation. And at the center of the investigation, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

Combining warmth, stinging satire, and humane insight in equal parts, Stanley Bing delivers a hilarious and eminently timely novel, set in a world that everyone who's ever worked for a living will recognize as his or her own.

"You Look Nice Today is a comic novel with a tragic heart, and for a portrait of corporate life, you'd have to go back to Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit to find its equal."Time

"Bing's satires of the business world have the allure of inside dope."The New Yorker

"What a wonderful novel to argue about and chuckle over. If there are any truly integrated book clubs in Americanot just by race, but by gender and classhere's a title for discussion that will delay dessert."The Christian Science Monitor

"You Look Nice Today is a stone-cold winner. Kept me interested. Told me things I didn't know, gave me insights I hadn't had. I loved it."Dan Rather

"A delight . . . extremely funny. Scenes between the verbose and incompetent lawyer representing CaroleAnne and the willfully eccentric judge are a joy . . . At a deeper level, Bing is perceptive about the rhythms and oddities of corporate life."Financial Times

"Bing brilliantly captures the bittersweet facts of corporate life . . . Gatsby is the obvious comparison for this masterly novel of the way we live now. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and, in the immortal words of Peggy Lee, it will also make you ask: Is that all there is? . . . A great American novel."Winston-Salem Journal

"You Look Nice Today is the coolest book, maybe ever. It comes fully loaded: originality, style, wit, suspense, irony, pathos and unexpected depth . . . First-rate."Louisville Voice-Tribune

"A fun, quick read . . . The disarmingly witty and likable voice of its narrator, Fred Tell . . . is hilariously fluent in the corporate argot that anyone who has spent time in a cube or corner office will recognize."Corporate Counsel

"Stan is an excellent writer, one of Adages' favorites . . . You Look Nice Today, his latest novel, chronicles, in Bing's trademark witty, wise and heartwarming way, a sexual harassment case at a big Chicago corporation . . . When you finish this book, the otherwise innocuous phrase 'You look nice today' will take on a whole new, loaded meaning."Advertising Age

"Bing, author of three previous novels and a regular columnist for Fortune magazine, spins a brilliant and mesmerizing yarn of the vagaries of corporate life as they occur at the fictional Global Fiduciary Trust Company . . . A riveting and enjoyable story."Booklist

"With this sardonic, entertaining legal thriller about a discrimination suit brought against a high-level corporate executive by his administrative assistant, Fortune columnist Bing tells a story of sexual harassment that's not about sex . . . This is a great read and Bing's best take to date on how people cope with the political idiosyncrasies of the buttoned-down business world."Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Stanley Bing's books include Throwing the Elephant, What Would Machiavelli Do?, and The Big Bing, as well as the novel Lloyd: What Happened, which is currently being developed for HBO. A columnist for Fortune, he also works for a huge multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

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Twists and turns in the corporate world plus a mind-boggling lawsuit make this a great read. The portrayal of the absurdity and yet fierce cameraderie that evolve in organizations is spot-on. If you have ever worked in a corporation, you will recognize everyone in this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582344393
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Author:
Bing, Stanley
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20040907
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 304 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582344393 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[A] great read and Bing's best take to date on how people cope with the political idiosyncrasies of the buttoned-down business world." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Roundly entertaining and surprisingly touching. You Look Nice Today is a comic novel with a tragic heart...A cockeyed love letter to the executive suite."
"Review" by , "What a wonderful novel to argue about and chuckle over. If there are any truly integrated book clubs in America — not just by race, but by gender and class-here's a title for discussion that will delay dessert."
"Review" by , "[T]he story will ring true with anyone who has had to deal with unbalanced employees. Satirical, well written."
"Review" by , "While its ending is foreordained (and a bit pat), the story succeeds marvelously in its seasoned appreciation of the many pleasures — and perils — of executive life."
"Review" by , "Bing is in control, a savvy decoder of the sleights and feints of co-worker interaction."
"Review" by , "A riveting and enjoyable story."
"Synopsis" by ,
Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in Charge of Total Quality. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, the vagaries of corporate power shift, and suddenly, both Harb and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation-and at its center, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

"Synopsis" by ,
Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in Charge of Total Quality. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, the vagaries of corporate power shift, and suddenly, both Harb and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation-and at its center, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

Stanley Bing's books include the best-sellers Throwing the Elephant and What Would Machiavelli Do?, as well as the novel Lloyd: What Happened. A columnist for Fortune, he also works for a huge multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.

Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in charge of Total Quality, a position that confers upon him great powers and a ridiculous expense account. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. CaroleAnne has always brought something a little offbeat to the workplace, but as anyone at the company will tell you, she is also gorgeous, appealing, and a top-notch office manager.

As observed by our affable, eagle-eyed narrator, Fred Tell, Harb and CaroleAnne develop a relationship that's as affectionate as it is professional. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, Harb begins to lose traction in the hierarchy, and suddenly, both he and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation. And at the center of the investigation, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.

Combining warmth, stinging satire, and humane insight in equal parts, Stanley Bing delivers a hilarious and eminently timely novel, set in a world that everyone who's ever worked for a living will recognize as his or her own.

"You Look Nice Today is a comic novel with a tragic heart, and for a portrait of corporate life, you'd have to go back to Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit to find its equal."Time

"Bing's satires of the business world have the allure of inside dope."The New Yorker

"What a wonderful novel to argue about and chuckle over. If there are any truly integrated book clubs in Americanot just by race, but by gender and classhere's a title for discussion that will delay dessert."The Christian Science Monitor

"You Look Nice Today is a stone-cold winner. Kept me interested. Told me things I didn't know, gave me insights I hadn't had. I loved it."Dan Rather

"A delight . . . extremely funny. Scenes between the verbose and incompetent lawyer representing CaroleAnne and the willfully eccentric judge are a joy . . . At a deeper level, Bing is perceptive about the rhythms and oddities of corporate life."Financial Times

"Bing brilliantly captures the bittersweet facts of corporate life . . . Gatsby is the obvious comparison for this masterly novel of the way we live now. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and, in the immortal words of Peggy Lee, it will also make you ask: Is that all there is? . . . A great American novel."Winston-Salem Journal

"You Look Nice Today is the coolest book, maybe ever. It comes fully loaded: originality, style, wit, suspense, irony, pathos and unexpected depth . . . First-rate."Louisville Voice-Tribune

"A fun, quick read . . . The disarmingly witty and likable voice of its narrator, Fred Tell . . . is hilariously fluent in the corporate argot that anyone who has spent time in a cube or corner office will recognize."Corporate Counsel

"Stan is an excellent writer, one of Adages' favorites . . . You Look Nice Today, his latest novel, chronicles, in Bing's trademark witty, wise and heartwarming way, a sexual harassment case at a big Chicago corporation . . . When you finish this book, the otherwise innocuous phrase 'You look nice today' will take on a whole new, loaded meaning."Advertising Age

"Bing, author of three previous novels and a regular columnist for Fortune magazine, spins a brilliant and mesmerizing yarn of the vagaries of corporate life as they occur at the fictional Global Fiduciary Trust Company . . . A riveting and enjoyable story."Booklist

"With this sardonic, entertaining legal thriller about a discrimination suit brought against a high-level corporate executive by his administrative assistant, Fortune columnist Bing tells a story of sexual harassment that's not about sex . . . This is a great read and Bing's best take to date on how people cope with the political idiosyncrasies of the buttoned-down business world."Publishers Weekly

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