A highly useful manual that will be valuable to career coaches and motivated readers who are willing to do the work.

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An interactive career development guide.

At first glance, this workbook by Segal (Master the Interview, 2016) seems to be best suited to those who are just beginning their careers, but even someone in midcareer would benefit from answering the worthwhile questions in this book. Its four parts logically lead readers through the process of establishing priorities, identifying strengths (and differentiating between “skills” and “talents”), understanding the needs of the marketplace, developing a strategy for finding the right position, and “communicating your value.” In the first part, Segal describes the powerful concept of the “personal value proposition”—basically, a packaging of one’s priorities and strengths for use in a job search—and then uses it as the core concept of the rest of the book. Structurally, each of the 10 chapters is a “unit” on a specific topic, such as “Self-Reflection” or “Your Personal Brand.” The text does a fine job of explaining each subject, but its real strength is its focus on personalized interactivity. Almost every unit contains provocative self-assessment questions and worksheets while also offering appropriate guidance. For example, Unit 8, “Creating Your Own Market,” discusses entrepreneurship, changing fields, and “recovering from career inertia.” The open-ended directional statements include such thought-starters as “How I can keep my ‘ear to the ground’ regarding professional and personal interests that might lead to a new market” and “What I can do that could be a bridge to my dream job and/or create alternatives for me.” Segal’s positive coaching will encourage readers to forge onward even when they find some of the sections to be challenging to complete.

A highly useful manual that will be valuable to career coaches and motivated readers who are willing to do the work.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-94087-7

Page Count: 158

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Jan. 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2018



This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996




An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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