Recommended Reading: Eight Letters to a Young Writer

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Not quite a decade ago, author Teju Cole penned Eight Letters to a Young Writer, a fictional exercise in which he gives advice to a young Nigerian writer in a series of eight letters. It’s a lovely, leisurely read, packed with practical advice for writers, seasoned and new.

Here are highlights from Cole’s first letter, Simplicity:

There are many who use big words to mask the poverty of their ideas. A straightforward vocabulary, using mostly ordinary words, spiced every now and again with an unusual one, persuades the reader that you’re in control of your language.

The cliché is an element of herd thinking, and writers should be solitary animals.

In short, keep it simple. He continues:

Read more than you write. In expressing the ambition to be a writer, you are committing yourself to the community of other writers. . . . Read Mann, García Márquez, Coetzee, Joyce…

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Fifty Shades of Autumn in Helsinki

Just looking at it, and a book in my hand…

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Autumn – the most beautiful time of the year in terms of colours – is here in Helsinki and nature has now completely changed its colours from green to all shades of yellow, orange, red and auburn.


This playful game of changing of the colours is what we call ruska in Finnish. The peak season normally only lasts for a couple of weeks in October. During the past few weeks mother nature has really given its best here in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We have experienced the most beautiful autumn weather: sunshine with clear skies and temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius. Such a perfect weather to go for a walk in the fresh urban outdoors and enjoy the array of autumn colours.


Since nature’s colour galore is at its best it would have been a crime not to capture it with a camera. So inspired by the perfect…

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Automotive Solutions with SAP

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November 5, 2015

Automotive solutions with SAP

By Ralph Kierberg

Miami, Florida, November 5, 2015– New Guide Helps Automotive Companies to Gain Insider Knowledge for Maximum Productivity


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The book helps automotive companies to discover and use tools and techniques that will help transform them into high-effective business drivers.

In Automotive Solutions with SAP: Generating Full Integrated Best Business Processes That Lead to Improvements, Growth, and Contributions, ($29.95 bookforces Publishing, December 2015) author Ralph Kierberg taps into 18 plus years of hands-on experience and know-how to outline successful strategies tailored for automotive companies. This detailed, guide includes examples of rapid backflush, real time supply-to-line, variant configuration that are model based, demand planning, vehicle and engine manufacturing and other significant automotive challenges.

This timely and practical guide does not just explain why an automotive solution is important – it shows how to use cost-effective plans and tactics to reach local and global goals, educate SAP decision makers, and recruit SAP users to adopt. In Automotive Solutions with SAP: Generating Full Integrated Best Business Processes That Lead to Improvements, Growth, and Contributions, offers fascinating real live examples, detailed instructions, and a rich array of tools and tactics that will help automotive companies learn how to:

  • Create an affordable project plan that integrates goals, objectives, and key strategies
  • Determine which tools and tactics will have the most impact on the organization’s goals
  • Develop an automotive solution with powerful advantages that will capture executive attention and resonate with SAP users
  • Maximize the automotive potential of an organization’s activities, business processes, and resources

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Shopaholic to the Stars- Sophie Kinsella

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Well what can be said of the latest instalment of Becky Bloomwood’s life? I’ve been following Becky’s story for many years now and I always enjoy following her crazy adventurous spirit.

Shopaholic to the Stars is well written, well-paced and is consistent, as I’ve said before these are three things all good books should be. Kinsella’s depiction of Becky Bloomwood truly makes her character and spirit come alive off the page. It’s the kind of world you wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall of.

By chapter 3 I was totally imbedded into Becky’s story. I had become emotionally invested in Becky’s family, friends and life in general, any reader paying attention will find the same- I wanted Becky to prosper and have every positive outcome possible. Kinsella, in my opinion, just has that knack of revealing just enough detail; at just the right time. The surprises are constantly…

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Project Cain | Book Review

Beauty & Her Books

Author: Geoffrey Girard

Rating: 4/5 stars


Sixteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdererd seventeen people more than twenty years ago. But then Jeff discovers he was constructed in a laboratory only eight years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning experiment called Project CAIN. And scientists created him entirely from Jeffrey Dahmer’s DNA.

Jeff isn’t the only teenage serial-killer clone. Others have been genetically engineered using the DNA of the Son of Sam, the Boston Strangler, and Ted Bundy. Some clones were raised, like Jeff, in caring family environments; others within homes that mimicked the horrific early lives of the serial killers they were created from.

When the most dangerous of the boys are set free, the summer of killing begins. Worse, they hold a secret weapon even more deadly than the terrible evil they carry within.

Can Jeff help…

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Ten | Book Review

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 Author: Gretchen McNeil

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths…

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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac | Book Review

Wow good review

Beauty & Her Books

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.

After her remarkable debut, Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative second novel all…

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The Dead House | Book Review

Excellent review.

Beauty & Her Books

Author : Dawn Kurtagich

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at…

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