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2019.12.9 New Arrivals

Dec 09,2019
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The Moravian Night

AUTHOR : Peter Handke (Author), Krishna Winston (Translator)
PUBLISHER : Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mysteriously summoned to a houseboat on the Morava River, a few friends, associates and collaborators of an old writer listen as he tells a story that will last until dawn: the tale of the once well-known writer’s recent odyssey across Europe. As his story unfolds, it visits places that represent stages of the narrator’s and the continent’s past, many now lost or irrecoverably changed through war, death, and the subtler erosions of time. His wanderings take him from the Balkans to Spain, Germany and Austria, from a congress of experts on noise sickness to a clandestine international gathering of Jew’s-harp virtuosos. His story and its telling are haunted by a beautiful stranger, a woman who has a preternatural hold over the writer and appears sometimes as a demon, sometimes as the longed-for destination of his travels.

Powerfully alive, honest, and at times deliciously satirical, The Moravian Night explores the mind and memory of an aging writer, tracking the anxieties, angers, fears and pleasures of a life inseparable from the recent history of Central Europe. In crystalline prose, Peter Handke traces and interrogates his own thoughts and perceptions while endowing the world with a mythic dimension. As Jeffrey Eugenides writes, “Handke’s sharp eye is always finding a strange beauty amid this colorless world.”

The Moravian Night is at once an elegy for the lost and forgotten and a novel of self-examination and uneasy discovery from one of world literature’s great voices.



Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?

AUTHOR : Scott Rieckens (Author), Mr. Money Mustache (Foreword)
PUBLISHER : New World Library

What if a happier life was only a few simple choices away?

A successful entrepreneur living in Southern California, Scott Rieckens had built a “dream life” - a happy marriage, a 2-year-old daughter, a membership to a boat club, and a BMW in the driveway. But underneath the surface, Scott was creatively stifled, depressed, and overworked trying to help pay for his family’s beach-town lifestyle. Then one day, Scott listened to a podcast interview that changed everything. Five months later, he had quit his job, convinced his family to leave their home and cut their expenses in half. Follow Scott and his family as they devote everything to FIRE (financial independence retire early), a subculture obsessed with maximizing wealth and happiness. Filled with inspiring case studies and powerful advice, “Playing with FIRE” is one family’s journey to acquire the one thing that money can’t buy: a simpler - and happier - life.


Good Economics for Hard Times

AUTHOR : Abhijit V. Banerjee (Author), Esther Duflo (Author)
PUBLISHER : PublicAffairs

The winners of the Nobel Prize show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.

Figuring out how to deal with today’s critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it.

Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change - these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington. The resources to address these challenges are there - what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable.

In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative and urgent, “Good Economics for Hard Times” makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world.



Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption

AUTHOR : Thales S. Teixeira (Author), Greg Piechota (Author)
PUBLISHER : Currency

Based on eight years of research visiting dozens of start-ups, tech companies and incumbents, Harvard Business School professor Thales Teixeira shows how and why consumer industries are disrupted, and what established companies can do about it - while highlighting the specific strategies potential start-ups use to gain a competitive edge.

There is a pattern to digital disruption in an industry, whether the disruptor is Uber, Airbnb, Dollar Shave Club, Pillpack or one of countless other start-ups that have stolen large portions of market share from industry leaders, often in the matter of a few years.

As Teixeira makes clear, the nature of competition has fundamentally changed. Using innovative new business models, start-ups are stealing customers by breaking the links in how consumers discover, buy and use products and services. By decoupling the customer value chain, these start-ups, instead of taking on the Unilevers and Nikes, BMWs and Sephoras of the world head on, peel away a piece of the consumer purchasing process. Birchbox offered women a new way to sample beauty products from a variety of companies from the convenience of their homes, without having to visit a store. Turo doesn’t compete with GM. Instead, it offers people the benefit of driving without having to own a car themselves.

Illustrated with vivid, in-depth and exclusive accounts of both start-ups, and reigning incumbents like Best Buy and Comcast, as they struggle to respond, Unlocking the Customer Value Chain is an essential guide to demystifying how digital disruption takes place - and what companies can do to defend themselves.



Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment

AUTHOR : Todd Rose, Ogi Ogas
PUBLISHER : HarperOne

For generations, we’ve been stuck with a cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better. This “standard formula” works for some people, but leaves most of us feeling disengaged and frustrated. As much as we might dislike the standard formula, it seems like there’s no other practical path to financial security and a fulfilling life. But what if there is?

In the Dark Horse Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, bestselling author and acclaimed thought leader Todd Rose and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas studied women and men who achieved impressive success even though nobody saw it coming. Dark horses blaze their own trail to a life of happiness and prosperity. Yet what is so remarkable is that hidden inside their seemingly one-of-a-kind journeys are practical principles for achieving success that work for anyone, no matter who you are or what you hope to achieve.