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A felon convicted of a white-collar crime makes an impassioned case for lawbreakers to use their skills for legitimate gain.

Real estate broker Pelshaw (Raising Up the Champion Within You, 2000) misused Small Business Administration loan proceeds during the 2008 recession, was charged with a felony, and ended up in a federal prison. His experience there led him to recognize that felons could just as easily engage in legal rather than illegal activities if they had the opportunity to make money legitimately. Pelshaw writes with an empathy imbued by his own incarceration. Acknowledging that many felons may be unemployable, he encourages the reader to start a small business. The author proceeds to describe the typical qualities of the small-business owner, directly relating these to characteristics the felon may have. He covers the inspirational (“finding your strengths” and “finding your passion”) as well as the practical aspects of starting a business. The author offers very specific advice about starting, operating, and running a business and provides an extensive checklist to lead the reader through the successful creation of a business plan. Included is a compiled list of businesses that can be started for less than $1,000, from $1,000 to $10,000, from $10,000 to $20,000, from $20,000 to $100,000, and from $100,000 on up. The most helpful and compelling section of the book is likely to be the numerous “success snapshots” included in Part 2. Here, Pelshaw describes more than 20 small businesses in detail, with particulars about income projections, training, skills, any licenses required, and startup costs. In addition, he interviews the business owners themselves. These stories add a very personal dimension to the work; many of the owners faced difficult challenges but still started successful businesses, and they share their perspectives and insights. Pelshaw closes the volume with an extremely valuable section on resources, including a sample business plan, sample business forms, a list of “books to prisoners” programs, and the author’s 39 “principles of profitable business” and eight “investing principles.”

A superb, all-in-one business startup manual with the proper dose of motivational wisdom; uniquely targets an audience for whom options in life may often appear to be limited. 

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9704261-2-3

Page Count: 256

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2017

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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

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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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