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When they go low, we go high

A book about speeches is always a must in any library. But a book about speeches that helped shape the world, and a commentary of the events leading up to those historical monumental words, is priceless. Add to that a post-analysis (it is the age of analytics after all) of the timing of it all, and the impact, makes this new book by Philip Collins incredibly powerful.

When They Go Low, We Go High, pays homage to Michelle Obama's notable speech, that became the motto for the political left and an anthem for opponents of oppression worldwide. It pulled at the public's heartstrings, in a way that is rarely done nowadays. 

Storytelling in any speech is important, and as Philip Collins takes us through 25 of the greatest inaugural addresses of presidents, or the revolutionary writings of Castro or Mandela, we are reminded of how the pen is mightier than the sword. 

A bit of background. Philip Collins used to be the speech writer for Tony Blair, which means he brings a thoughtful and d…

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

This is Marisha Pessl's first foray into the YA genre, and Neverworld Wake has fans everywhere on edge. Having received an copy in advance of it's June release day, I have to say that it's unlike anything I've ever read. I felt the same way when I read Marisha Pessl's thriller, Night Film.

I didn't know what to expect with Neverworld Wake. This book was coined as a YA novel, and even though my expertise in the YA genre is limited, it sure didn't adhere to my preconception of what I imagined a YA novel should be like. 

Sure, Neverworld Wake is centred around a main cast of teenagers, but that about ends any comparison I have to any YA novel I've come across. 

Here's another disclaimer. Personally, I'm not a big fan of recurring themes in stories such as Groundhog Day, where characters get to relieve one day of their life. The loop seems endless to me, and rather repetitive. I prefer a story to move forward, each page offering a glimpse of something …

Slip into the extraordinary world of conscious creation

Creative Alchemy

88 transformative meditations.
88 rituals.
88 experiments.

Enrich your creative mind with the power of conscious creation.

I've enjoyed this book by Marlo Johnson. The book acts as a guide, but every individual will interpret it in their own way. And I had a lot of fun interpreting it in my way, through illustrations. Each day, I picked up the book and indulged in a new ritual. My personal creative journey brought me closer to my creative purpose.

Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who loves to tap into the intersection of both her right and left brains, and see the world through the eyes of her younger creative self. 

Creative Alchelmy is published by Chronicle Books, and available in Canada through Raincoast Books. 

Review by @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)

The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

The title of Fred Van Lente's book is brilliant, to say the least. It's a novel about a comic book artist, in particular Comic Con artist, who spends his days with no fixed address, going from one comic book convention to the next giving talks and signing books. 

Mike Miller gave up his house three years ago, and now lives entirely at cons. They fly him out, put him at hotels, and he spends time at the cons drawing sketches at the Artists' Alley table. 

This time however, Mike Miller's arrival at San Diego Comic-Con there's an incredibly high honour entrusted to him. Mike is to present a lifetime achievement award to Benjamin Kurtz, the creator of Mister Mystery, who also happens to be his oldest friend and mentor in the business. 

But, things don't pan out quite as he planned. He finds out on his cab ride to the hotel (on Twitter none the less), that Ben has passed away. 

Devastated and in shock, Mike is having a hard time processing this information. Then to top …

How Business Works - THE FACTS visually explained

Business schools in general, and the MBA degree in particular, have been maligned of late: everything from the corporate malfeasance after the dot com crash as seen in cases like Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski to the collapse of the global financial system in 2008-09 has made a case for critics to argue that Business schools were culpable

Reality, as always, is a bit more messy and complex than a visceral critique would lead you to believe. As an ex-MBA, I can say without hesitation that DK's How Business Works - The Facts Visually Explained would have helped me greatly while I was in biz school and it remains relevant today, for those of us navigating the real world.

The fact is that every graduating MBA leaves with a bunch of frameworks in their head. These frameworks are, more often than not, strategic templates with which to view business environments and the challenges that lie confront leaders of enterprises. 

But what if you --as the leader-- have to scratch below the surface b…

8 of my favourite book gifts for Mum

As a preface to Mother's Day, we will be scrambling to articulate the meaning of motherhood and the importance of our mom's in our lives, as well as express the appreciation we have for them. 

For 2018, here are some suggestions from your's truly that attempt to show who they are, what they mean, and things they might like. Enjoy! 😊

200 things I LOVE about MOM
by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar
Published by Chronicle Books

You've seen me tweeting about this a lot on Instagram (@sukasastyle and @shilpartistry) since the beginning of May, so you know I'm obsessed about this series of books. But because it is May, the 200 Things I Love About Mom holds a special place in my heart, since it reminds me of all the lovely things I do with mom and that she does for mom hugs, a shopping spree, and making a phone call to mom...just because. The illustrations are so simple, but cute and tug at your heartstrings. 💖

Published by DK Books

I rec…

Big Island, Small by Maureen St. Clair

Big Island, Small by Maureen St. Clair, plays out in real time, a slow awakening of the soul. A friendship blossoming. A passage of time. Life isn't as it happens.

The format of the book is unique. Written almost as a journal, a daily account of the day, of feelings, of how the situation is viewed by the two main characters of the novel. Two sides of the story, alternating chapter by chapter, are told from the perspective of each girl. This is a format that would backfire greatly if each of the characters weren't as properly developed, or if the narrative itself wasn't as interesting. (Think about reading somebody's can be incredibly mundane, or revelatory.)

The story revolves around two girls bound by a common thread. They both come from a Small Island (at different times in their lives) and have now made Big Island their home, where the promise of a better future lures folks from shores of Small Island. Think of it as the big city life vs. growing up in a ru…