Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories: Stella Pope Duarte
Welcome to the most magical house in London. The family of 11-year-old twins Oz and Lily have inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago, the shop´s famous chocolate-makers, who also happen to be Oz and Lily´s great uncles, were clever sorcerers. Now evil villians are hunting for the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying powers of this magic chocolate have the ability to destroy the world. Soon, Oz and Lily are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an invisible cat, a talking rat, and the ghost of an elephant. It´s up to them to stop the villians and keep the magical chocolate recipe out of harm´s way. Their family and the world depend on it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jayne Entwistle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001585/bk_lili_001585_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Grocery, best-selling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America´s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it - the grocery store. In a culture obsessed with food - how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us - there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight - in the aisles of your local supermarket. Using the human story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen´s as an anchor to this journalistic narrative, he dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. Grocery examines how rapidly supermarkets - and our food and culture - have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer. But rather than waxing nostalgic for the age of mom-and-pop shops, Ruhlman seeks to understand how our food needs have shifted since the mid-20th century and how these needs mirror our cultural ones. A mix of reportage and rant, personal history and social commentary, Grocery is a landmark book from one of our most insightful food writers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Todd Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005035/bk_rand_005035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Markenkommunikation wird anspruchsvoller und abwechslungsreicher. Neben der konsequenten Umsetzung von Corporate Designs gewinnt die räumliche Inszenierung von Marken massiv an Bedeutung. Wo bis vor Kurzem vor allem Uniformität herrschte, zeigt sich jetzt eine beeindruckende Vielfalt an Ideen, Konzepten, Variationen und Erlebnissen. Erfolgreiche Markenkommunikation im Raum braucht keine überladenen Markentempel mehr. Sie braucht Orte mit Charakter.Brand Spaces zeigt wie die Vorreiter und Impulsgeber dieser Entwicklung Markenwelten, Eventlocations, Flagshipstores und Pop-Up Shops nutzen, um ihre Zielgruppen immer wieder neu zu überraschen und zu begeistern. Im ersten Teil des Buches geben Entscheider von globalen Marken wie Camper, Aesop, Freitag, Gaggenau oder Nokia Auskunft über ihre Konzepte und Strategien. Casestudies zeigen, wie diese an verschiedenen Orten der Welt zur Anwendung kommen und dabei die lokalen Gegebenheiten ebenso berücksichtigen, wie die übergreifende Markenidentität. Innovative und experimentierfreudige Marken wie Audi, Starbucks oder Nike werden in diesem Zusammenhang mit ihren ungewöhnlichsten Projekten vorgestellt. Der zweiten Teil von Brand Spaces bietet darüber hinaus eine aktuelle Zusammenfassung internationaler Trends im Shop-Interior-Design. Der unkonventionelle Umgang mit Farben, Formen und Materialien wird dabei ebenso gezeigt, wie der Einsatz von skulpturalen Elementen, thematischen und dramatischen Inszenierungen. Neben den großen, globalen Akteuren erweisen sich gerade auch kleine Marken und lokale Händler als wegweisend.
Während große Handelsketten um Originalität ringen, florieren die unabhängigen, eigenständigen Händler.Flexibilität und Pop-up-Konzepte gewinnen an Beliebtheit und sind effektive Strategien, sowohl für den Kickstart neuer Shops als auch als Verjüngungskur schon etablierter Marken. Um Passanten in die Shops zu locken und mit der Ladeneinrichtung die Konkurrenz auszustechen, muss der Shop-Betreiber kreativ sein - und das Budget im Auge behalten. Dieses Buch präsentiert die besten und schönsten unabhängigen Shops rund um den Globus, die gekonnt clevere Marketingideen mit Interior Design vereinen. Rund 60 Fallstudien bieten einfallsreiche und kosteneffiziente Lösungen.
On Fire at Work flies in the face of other books on workplace culture by showing that employee engagement isn´t the ultimate goal - it´s merely the starting point. Renowned leadership expert Eric Chester has gone straight to the source - top-tier leaders of the world´s best places to work to uncover their best-practice strategies for getting employees to work harder, perform better, and stay longer. On Fire at Work features examples and original stories from exclusive personal interviews with over 25 founders/CEOs/presidents of companies like Marriott, Siemens, BB&T Bank, Wegmans, 7-Eleven, Hormel, Canadian WestJet, Ben & Jerry´s, and The Container Store, along with smaller companies like Firehouse Subs, the Nerdery, and Build-A-Bear. The guiding principle is that any organization in any industry - from Fortune 500 firms to mom-and-pop shops - can learn how to bring out the very best in their employees. The book´s content-rich research and conversational case study-based narrative make it a timely, actionable go-to reference on employee performance and productivity for C-level execs, corporate and government managers, HR professionals, and small business owners. On Fire at Work is a practical field guide that any organization can implement to build, not an engaged workforce, but a workforce that´s on fire! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rich Germaine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065183/bk_acx0_065183_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get on the Express for Discount Shopping Know How to Find Discounts, Get Coupons, and Save Money Shopping Online and Offline Want to save money while shopping? Of course you do! Why? Because nobody likes to find their wallet or purse flat-out empty from all the joy or necessity of shopping or suffer the consequences of endlessly swiping the plastic to the max on whatever they can get their hands on, then waiting for the wrath of the credit card bill to drop on their doorstep only to be filled with buyer´s remorse and now swimming in debt and hanging on the mercy of creditors. Finding bargains and deals may seem obvious - head to Google and click ´´Search´´, or go through the stack of mail and newspapers, hoping to grab some coupons - but there is far more to the process than people realize. Also, still think getting the best bang for your buck is exclusive at the big major retailers? Think again! That´s the perception they create for you to shop there in the first place. When stuff is perceived to be on sale, you just have to buy it, right? But are they really on sale? Because there are other secret underground mom-and-pop-like shops where less people know about that offer - and there are better outrageous deals. In order to save money shopping, you need to do what others don´t do and look where others don´t look...because whenever there is word of a gold mine, it will be over before anybody else has the chance to pick up a shovel. You need to approach discount shopping and bargain hunting from a different angle, like pro shoppers do. When you take the Discount Shopping Express, your destination includes: How to find discounts online and offline with advanced shopping strategies How to get coupons the way nobody else is doing and very few know about How to determine the best place to buy what... 1. Language: English. Narrator: KnowIt Express. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058481/bk_acx0_058481_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Robert Sloan works in the hedge-fund industry. As he shows in this readable polemic, dislike of shorting has a long history. . . . Someone has to point out when the emperor has no clothes. The shorts were among the biggest skeptics of the subprime-mortgage boom and of the banks that financed it. And when they were proved right, their activities were banned. Gratitude, huh?´´ The Economist ´´If Robert Sloan manages to go the distance in Don´t Blame the Shorts, it is because his book is as much about historical tensions between Washington and Wall Street as the practice of short selling. He puts it all in the context of the opposing views of the federalist Alexander Hamilton, who was pro-speculation, and Jeffersonian republicans, who were pro-agriculture and convinced that making money from money was nonsense. . . . His book is a useful corrective to the view of short selling as ´unpatriotic´ or uniquely antisocial . . . it is a brave act to take on anti-finance populists at this time.´´ Financial Times ´´In this knowing book about the business of short-selling stocks, financier Robert Sloan gives a modern day lesson on why we shouldn´t shoot the messenger. . . Rather than blast short sellers, we should praise them for exposing management methane. . . .The story may be old, but Sloan´s easy and informative writing makes for a thoroughly worthwhile update.´´ Barron´s ´´Bob Sloan, a Wall Street veteran, cites the confrontation in his new book, Don´t Blame the Shorts, as evidence that blind fury from politicians and unrepentant shrugs from bankers are far from new. As the title suggests, Sloan´s main thrust is to defend the practice of short-selling. . . . Today, Sloan says, the very same battle of ideas is being played out in America . . . this is just the latest bitter expression of the constant tension between a moneyed east coast financial elite, and the manufacturers, mom-and-pop shops and the scrappy entrepreneurs who bitterly resent the power of Wall Street-but don´t want the cash taps to be turned off.´´ The Observer ´´Timely, concise, accessible to the lay reader and with a decorously polemical edge, it is both revealing and entertaining. No matter what the politicians do, the markets will find a way to challenge the finaglers and the optimists who sustain them. Like the poor, the shorts will always be with us.´´ Spear´s ´´Post-crisis reading . . . best books on the financial crisis and its aftermath. . . . While other authors point accusing fingers, in his book, Don´t Blame the Shorts, Robert Sloan leaps to the defense of short sellers who, as he describes, have been long scapegoated for market crashes and are once again in the wake of the recent crisis. The Dutch East India Company was blaming its troubles on them as far back as 1609.´´ Economist.com ´´This book is a rare treat. Unlike most books about Wall Street, it is written from a perspective sympathetic to the banking and securities industries. Better still, Bob Sloan is not only a practitioner and market participant himself, but one with a fine sense of history. Sloan rightly describes prime brokerage as ´the largest, most unnoticed banking system in the word.´´´ Global Custodian ´´Short and to the point and very well researched. As we are living in an era of history repeating itself, Mr. Sloan depicts the negative market psychology that has transcended Wall Street since the birth of our nation.´´ Instablog ´´Sloan´s recent book...provides an excellent survey of the shorting debate. Sloan recounts how a succession of U.S. government agencies have enacted rules over the decades to restrain short sellers-usually in the aftermath of financial crises such as the one we have just endured. Sloan believes those rules have always had counterproductive results. Sloan´s book is a smooth read, mainly because he has done his homework and has lots of entertaining scoundrels and inept politicians to write about... Sloan´s work provides a real service to market regulators and practitioners alike. With a deft quill, he exposes the futility of government regulation while offering a useful back story to the views of contemporary market regulators.´´ ABA Banking Journal About the Book: On the 80th anniversary of the Crash of 1929, we find ourselves peering backwards through a virtual looking-glass to a time when global markets were in free fall, and venerable financial institutions were in tatters. Yet, here in the present, these same patterns seem to repeat, causing