Yolanda is conflicted. Her sister Elf has battled depression for her whole adult life, and is in a psychiatric ward under permanent observation after attempting suicide - again. Yolanda has always looked up to Elf as her talented and beautiful older sister.
'Camp Delta' at Guantanamo Bay is the most controversial prison in the world. The notorious ill-treatment of prisoners in Iraq is based on practises carried out in secrecy on the 600 detainees in Cuba. David Rose has visited the camp, and interviewed guards, officials, and medical staff, as well as the commander of the prison. He assesses the quality of 'intelligence' extracted from Afghan farmers and naive footsoldiers and argues that if anything goes in the war against terror, the first thing will be human rights.
Her uncle, known as The Mouth, is head of the church, responsible for the harsh laws and cruel 'shunning', yet that doesn't stop Nomi falling for the town's most unsuitable boy - Travis. In such a secretive and god-fearing community, Nomi finds it impossible to find ways to express her many and growing passions.
Explains why some businesses fail and how to avoid it. Drawing upon the advances in biology, this book helps us to understand the consequences of the Iron Law of Failure, and shows what strategies corporations, businesses and governments will need to adopt to stand a chance of prospering.
Knute is a twenty-four-year-old single mother who returns home to Algren with her daughter, Summer Feelin' to look after her father Tom, who has suffered a heart attack. Hosea Funk, a friend of Tom's and the mayor of Algren has a lot on his mind. This novel is about families which have been split up but are inexorably drawn back together.
The stifling, reclusive life of nineteen-year-old Irma Voth, recently married, and more recently deserted is turned on its head when a film crew moves in to make a movie about the strict religious community, in which she lives. She clashes with her domineering father over her work as a translator for the crew.
What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? In this inspired, thoughtful, deeply personal book, Turkey's Nobel Prize winner explores the art of writing, and takes us into the worlds of the reader and the writer, revealing their intimate connections. Pamuk draws on Friedrich Schiller's famous distinction between "naive" poets-who write spontaneously, serenely, unselfconsciously-and "sentimental" poets: those who are reflective, emotional, questioning, and alive to the artifice of the written word. Harking back to his reading of the beloved novels of his youth and ranging through the work of such writers as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, Flaubert, Proust, Mann, and Naipaul, he explores the oscillation between the naive and the reflective, and the search for an equilibrium, that lie at the center the novelist's craft. Orhan Pamuk ponders the novel's visual and sensual power-its ability to conjure landscapes so vivid they can make the here-and-now fade away. In the course of this exploration, he delves into the secrets of reading and writing, and considers the elements of character, plot, time and setting that compose the "sweet illusion" of the fictional world. Like Umberto Eco's Six Walks in the Fictional Woods and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel , this is a perceptive book by one of the modern masters of the art, a title anyone who has known the pleasure of becoming immersed in a novel will enjoy, and learn from.
According to the author, the mechanistic viewpoint of conventional economics is drastically limited - because it cannot comprehend the vital nature of networks. In this book, he shows, network effects make conventional approaches to policy, whether in the public or corporate sectors, much more likely to fail.