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    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    Ksh 1099

    Brief Summary Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live.   

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    Branded Beauty by Mark Tungate

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary Branded Beauty: How Marketing Changed the Way We Look Beauty is a multi-billion dollar global industry embracing make-up, skincare, hair care, fragrances and cosmetic surgery. Over the years, it has used flattery, seduction, science and shame to persuade consumers that they'll have to invest if they want to look their best. In "Branded Beauty," Mark Tungate delves into the history and evolution of the beauty business.  From luxury boutiques in Paris to tattoo parlors in Brooklyn, he talks to the people who've made skin their trade. He analyzes the marketing strategies used by those creating and selling beauty products. He visits the labs where researchers seek the key to eternal youth. Tungate covers a vast array of topics including: the origins of beauty, the importance of scent, designer fashion and beauty, using marketing to find a niche, celebrity marketing, masculine beauty, beauty around the world, cosmetic surgery becoming mainstream, tattoo artists, organic and sustainable beauty, the future of beauty and, ultimately, the price of beauty. Full of fascinating detail on great names such as Revlon, Estee Lauder, L'Oreal and Max Factor, "Branded Beauty" looks at the history of the beauty industry and considers its future.  

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    The Ultimate Guitar Book

    Ksh 2599

    Brief Summary A stunning visual guide to the history and development of this instrument -featuring specially commissioned photographs of famous, rare, and vintage guitars, from the earliest acoustics to the latest electrics.  Packed with construction and design information, and with detailed, informative profiles on everything from the legendary (Martin, Gibson, Fender) to the weird, the exotic, and the oddball (Burns, Hagstrom, Danelectro, to name a few), The Ultimate Guitar Book brings each instrument to life and makes immensely pleasurable browsing for players and collectors alike, from beginner to professional.  

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    Does Your Marketing Sell

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary Does Your Marketing Sell?: The Secret of Effective Marketing Communication is the result of the distillation of twenty-five years of successful sales and marketing experience, hundreds of real world case studies, the best in marketing communications research and the received wisdom of some of the world's greatest marketers.  These elements combine to form a simple, practical model that will help you to create striking marketing communications and to discover and remove the flaws from your marketing message.  Highlighting the best of contemporary marketing campaigns with numerous illustrations and examples, delivered in a clever and accessible style, Does Your Marketing Sell? will show you how to make the most out of your marketing.  

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    Die Empty by Todd Henry

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out. Each day that you postpone the hard work and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation will result in a net deficit to the world, to your company, and to yourself. Die Empty is a tool for individuals and companies that aren't willing to put off their best work.  Todd Henry explains the forces that keep people in stagnation and introduces a three-part process for tapping into your passion: Excavate: Find the bedrock of your work to discover what drives you. Cultivate: Learn how to develop the curiosity, humility, and persistence that save you from getting stuck in ruts. Resonate: Learn how your unique brilliance can inspire others. Henry shows how to find and sustain your passion and curiosity, even in tough times.  

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    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

    Ksh 1099

    Brief Summary Traditional Chinese edition of The Old Man and The Sea edited for young adults. The story is told with text and graphics and accompanied with Zhuying (phonetic annotation).  A reading guide of this Hemingway classic helps young readers develop their writing skills.  

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    The Little Black Book of Success

    Ksh 1499

    Brief Summary The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women In this engaging and invaluable “mentor in your pocket,” three dynamic and successful black female executives share their strategies to help all black women, at any level of their careers, play the power game—and win. Rich with wisdom, this practical gem focuses on the building blocks of true leadership—self-confidence, effective communication, collaboration, and courage—while dealing specifically with stereotypes (avoid the Mammy Trap, and don’t become the Angry Black Woman) and the perils of self-victimization (don’t assume that every challenge occurs because you are black or female). Some leaders are born, but most leaders are made—and The Little Black Book of Success will show you how to make it to the top, one step at a time.  

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    People Power and Profits by Joseph Stiglitz Hardcover

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent We all have the sense that the American economy—and its government—tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains in his new book, People, Power, and Profits, the situation is dire. A few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors of the economy, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth.  This is how the financial industry has managed to write its own regulations, tech companies have accumulated reams of personal data with little oversight, and our government has negotiated trade deals that fail to represent the best interests of workers. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. If something isn’t done, new technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment. Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of increases in standards of living, based on learning, advances in science and technology, and the rule of law. He shows that the assault on the judiciary, universities, and the media undermines the very institutions that have long been the foundation of America’s economic might and its democracy. Helpless though we may feel today, we are far from powerless. In fact, the economic solutions are often quite clear. We need to exploit the benefits of markets while taming their excesses, making sure that markets work for us—the U.S. citizens—and not the other way around. If enough citizens rally behind the agenda for change outlined in this book, it may not be too late to create a progressive capitalism that will recreate a shared prosperity. Stiglitz shows how a middle-class life can once again be attainable by all. An authoritative account of the predictable dangers of free market fundamentalism and the foundations of progressive capitalism, People, Power, and Profits shows us an America in crisis, but also lights a path through this challenging time.  

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    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life" into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. "I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything," he wrote. "Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: 'I can't go on. I'll go on.'" When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.  

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    Why South Sudan Matters by Garang Malong

    Ksh 1199

    Brief Summary Why South Sudan Matters. Not a day goes by that there isn’t news coverage of a war breaking out somewhere in the world, or violence, or terrorism, or human trafficking, or child soldiers . . . the sheer volume of the reports is almost desensitizing. It isn’t that we don’t care or feel, even if briefly, for those living through these horrors, it is just that . . . well, it doesn’t impact our lives—or does it? In author Garang Malong’s authentic, captivating book, Why South Sudan Matters, he takes the reader along on his harrowing, childhood journey in a country constantly at war— a journey that no child should have to endure.  This book is chilling, heart-rending, and riveting. Thanks to the author’s gift of storytelling, the reader will live through his trials with him, experience the love the South Sudanese have for their country, and in learning about the future possibilities for South Sudan, feel the connection we have to one another. One thing is certain. No one who reads this book will remain unchanged.  

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    Perspectives On Culture And Globalisation The Intellectual Legacy of Ali Mazrui

    Ksh 1099

    Brief Summary In 1996 President Nelson Mandela described Professor Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014) as “an outstanding educationist and freedom fighter.” In 2002 the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan referred to Professor Mazrui as “Africa’s gift to the world.” Author of more than 35 books and hundreds of articles, Professor Mazrui was an African scholar who treated with uncommon flair a wide-range of themes that included globalization, the triple heritage, peace, and social justice.  This volume engages with some of the themes that excited his attention for over six decades. The multidisciplinary essays seek to underline the highlights of Mazrui’s intellectual journey and attest to the fact that he was public intellectual par excellence. Indeed, in 2005, he was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world. This book is a product of a symposium held from 15 to 17 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.  The symposium was jointly organized by the Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, Kenya, and the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (State University of New York at Binghamton) which Ali Mazrui created and presided over as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities from 1991 to 2014.  

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    Not My Time to Die by Yolande Mukagasana

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary Yolande Mukagasana is a Rwandan nurse and mother of three children who likes wearing jeans and designer glasses. She runs her own clinic in Nyamirambo and is planning a party for her wedding anniversary. But when genocide starts everything changes.  Targeted because she's a successful woman and a Tutsi, she flees for her life. This gripping memoir describes the betrayal of friends and help that comes from surprising places. Quick-witted and courageous, Yolande never loses hope she will find her children alive.  

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