Novice and experienced networkers will appreciate this winning combination of networking philosophy and techniques.

THE INTENTIONAL NETWORKER

ATTRACTING POWERFUL RELATIONSHIPS, REFERRALS & RESULTS IN BUSINESS

A professional networking expert shares tips and techniques for making the most out of business connections.

Nowadays, with all the emphasis on connecting via social media, it’s easy for a businessperson to overlook the importance of the original social interaction: connecting face-to-face. That oversight would be a costly mistake, as is evidenced in DeNucci’s highly readable book. Keys to the networking process include identifying your strengths and weaknesses, polishing your image and personal brand, and setting goals and intentions for networking. Along with advice on how to stand out in a crowd and avoid referral blunders, the author shares sage counsel on the many vexing aspects of networking. For example, she wisely addresses the issue of quantity vs. quality in social connections, citing the example of Ethan, who reached his “Connections Critical Mass”: “Ethan had believed everyone he met and every business function he attended had something to offer him and his business.…As his business matured and his database and networking calendar grew, they were on the verge of robbing him and his business of valuable time, resources, and energy.” DeNucci offers authoritative guidance on how to distill the top 20 percent of connections who can bring the most results and value and how a business networker can protect his or her time by saying no “with grace.” She uses real-life scenarios and includes numerous helpful suggestions to motivate the reader to experiment with tactics that could result in a better networking experience. Along the way, DeNucci encourages and promotes self-confidence: “Delete the words ‘should’ and ‘have to’ from your vocabulary. Those are word choices that we often put upon ourselves when really we do have choices and options.”

Novice and experienced networkers will appreciate this winning combination of networking philosophy and techniques.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2011

ISBN: 978-0983546108

Page Count: 274

Publisher: Rosewall Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2012

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A YA novel that treats its subject and its readers with respect while delivering an engaging story.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

BLUFORD HIGH SERIES #9

In the ninth book in the Bluford young-adult series, a young Latino man walks away from violence—but at great personal cost.

In a large Southern California city, 16-year-old Martin Luna hangs out on the fringes of gang life. He’s disaffected, fatherless and increasingly drawn into the orbit of the older, rougher Frankie. When a stray bullet kills Martin’s adored 8-year-old brother, Huero, Martin seems to be heading into a life of crime. But Martin’s mother, determined not to lose another son, moves him to another neighborhood—the fictional town of Bluford, where he attends the racially diverse Bluford High. At his new school, the still-grieving Martin quickly makes enemies and gets into trouble. But he also makes friends with a kind English teacher and catches the eye of Vicky, a smart, pretty and outgoing Bluford student. Martin’s first-person narration supplies much of the book’s power. His dialogue is plain, but realistic and believable, and the authors wisely avoid the temptation to lard his speech with dated and potentially embarrassing slang. The author draws a vivid and affecting picture of Martin’s pain and confusion, bringing a tight-lipped teenager to life. In fact, Martin’s character is so well drawn that when he realizes the truth about his friend Frankie, readers won’t feel as if they are watching an after-school special, but as though they are observing the natural progression of Martin’s personal growth. This short novel appears to be aimed at urban teens who don’t often see their neighborhoods portrayed in young-adult fiction, but its sophisticated characters and affecting story will likely have much wider appeal.

A YA novel that treats its subject and its readers with respect while delivering an engaging story.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2004

ISBN: 978-1591940173

Page Count: 152

Publisher: Townsend Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2013

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A short, simple, and sweet tale about two friends and a horse.

Mary's Song

From the Dream Horse Adventure Series series , Vol. 1

A novel tells the story of two spirited girls who set out to save a lame foal in 1952.

Mary, age 12, lacks muscle control of her legs and must use a wheelchair. Her life is constantly interrupted by trips with her widower father to assorted doctors, all of whom have failed to help her. Mary tolerates the treatments, hoping to one day walk unassisted, but her true passion involves horses. Possessing a library filled with horse books, she loves watching and drawing the animals at a neighboring farm. She longs to own one herself. But her father, overprotective due to her disability and his own lingering grief over Mary’s dead mother, makes her keep her distance. Mary befriends Laura, the emotionally neglected daughter of the wealthy neighboring farm owners, and the two share secret buggy rides. Both girls are attracted to Illusion, a beautiful red bay filly on the farm. Mary learns that Illusion is to be put down by a veterinarian because of a lame leg. Horrified, she decides to talk to the barn manager about the horse (“Isn’t it okay for her to live even if she’s not perfect? I think she deserves a chance”). Soon, Mary and Laura attempt to raise money to save Illusion. At the same time, Mary begins to gain control of her legs thanks to water therapy and secret therapeutic riding with Laura. There is indeed a great deal of poignancy in a story of a girl with a disability fighting to defend the intrinsic value of a lame animal. But this book, the first installment of the Dream Horse Adventure Series, would be twice as touching if Mary interacted with Illusion more. In the tale’s opening, she watches the foal from afar, but she actually spends very little time with the filly she tries so hard to protect. This turns out to be a strange development given the degree to which the narrative relies on her devotion. Count (Selah’s Sweet Dream, 2015) draws Mary and Laura in broad but believable strokes, defined mainly by their unrelenting pluckiness in the face of adversity. While the work tackles disability, death, and grief, Mary’s and Laura’s environments are so idyllic and their optimism and perseverance so remarkable that the story retains an aura of uncomplicated gentleness throughout.

A short, simple, and sweet tale about two friends and a horse.

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Publisher: Hastings Creations Group

Review Posted Online: Oct. 15, 2016

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