Interview Questions x Steve Mariotti

Which book (or other media) would you say is your largest influence? My favorite book is the Bible–both the New and Old Testament. The stories give me strength and insight. Everyday, I read The Wall Street Journal and I watch almost all the documentaries on CNN. What part of the book was the most difficult to write? There were some scenes that didn’t make it into the book, such as my mother being in a coma for ten years, because they were just too painful to relive. One scene, when my students chanted my highschool nickname in order to humiliate…

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How to Feel Sexy by Amine Salhi

Book Summary: Want to wield your sexy mindset and confidence to your advantage? Gone are the days where you can be sexy by the way you dress and groom. Today, sexiness is more than what you see. It has something more to do with a je ne sais quoionly a few people have. Real sexiness can’t be manufactured. Those who have dynamic attractiveness draw people in even without making an effort. Sexiness is a state of mind that starts deep within yourself. It is more than the physical and superficial concepts that others tend to prioritize. When it comes to…

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Kid-focused STEM device startup Kano sees layoffs as it puts Disney e-device on ice

London-based STEM device maker Kano has confirmed it’s cutting a number of jobs which it claims is part of a restructuring effort to shift focus to “educational computing”. The job cuts — from 65 to 50 staff — were reported earlier by The Telegraph. Kano founder Alex Klein confirmed in a call with TechCrunch that Kano will have 50 staff going into next year. Although he said the kid-focused learn to code device business is also adding jobs in engineering and design, as well as eliminating other roles as it shifts focus. He also suggested some of the cuts are…

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Two Canadians got caught in a spat between the US and China. They’ve been in prison for a year

Hong Kong (CNN)In October 2018, Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, warned that US-China ties “have deteriorated to their worst point” since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Meng is accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. China’s detention of the two Canadians, who have been accused of sharing “state secrets and intelligence” with “foreign entities,” has been viewed by many as retaliation. Meng’s detention — which came amid an escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington — sent Chinese-Canadian relations plummeting to a point they have struggled to recover from. With the Huawei CFO looking no closer to release, many…

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The Parlay Effect: How Female Connection Can Change The World by Anne Devereux-Mills

Book Summary: In The Parlay Effect: How Female Connection Can Change the World, Anne Devereux-Mills uses her insights as Founder of Parlay House to show how small actions can create a cascade of positive change — in your life and in the lives of others. A former advertising agency CEO, Devereux-Mills tells the inspiring story of how, just short of her 50th birthday, she lost her health to cancer, her last child to college, and her job to the recession. Stripped of everything that had been her identity, she set out on a path to rediscover herself and recreate her…

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Adjustments: A Novel by Will Willingham

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #6 Book Summary: By turns thoughtful and hilarious (even, inexplicably, both at the same time), this deeply Midwestern book quietly unfolds a vision for how to navigate in a world where we can’t always resolve things. It begins with an old man’s call to the insurance company to get a minor house repair covered. Once the adjuster shows up, a journey both tender and tough is set in motion. These men need each other in ways it will take time to discover. To complicate matters, the adjuster also needs (and is needed by) his aged landlady…

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Aye-Aye Gets Lucky – Endangered & Misunderstood Book 1 by Terri Tatchell

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #5 Book Summary: Join endangered and misunderstood AYE-AYE on his quest to win back the hearts of the people of Madagascar after his mischievous pranks get him banned from his favorite village and labeled bad luck. Luckily for AYE-AYE, he meets a new friend who shows him first-hand how unpleasant being scared can feel. Armed with a little empathy and compassion, it doesn’t take AYE-AYE long to figure out that being kind and helpful is the best way to turn his luck around forever. On the surface “Aye-Aye Gets Lucky” is about a misunderstood lemur finding…

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Heart to Beat by Brian Lima MD

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #4 Book Summary: Success is not reserved for the smartest or most talented—it’s earned by those who want it the most. Heart conquers all and the triumphant always go all in, never settling for anything less than their best effort. As a leading heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Brian Lima’s life story is a testament to that mantra. He’s living proof that slow and steady still wins the race, and that the American Dream is alive and well. He persevered through countless challenges growing up in a Cuban immigrant family and defied the odds every step of…

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Rosa by Barbara de la Cuesta

Book Summary “There were little sins and big sins, and if you committed too many little sins you were more likely to go on to the big ones. Some sins you did in your mind and then, sometimes, you went on to let yourself fall into them.” Darkly witty and compulsively readable, Barbara de la Cuesta’s novella lets us into the private life and secret thoughts of Rosa, an undocumented home health aide grappling with menopause and her unruly body, unexpected romance, grown children who alternately worry her and fill her with pride, and how life is confronting her with…

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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Gift Guide Book Suggestion #2   Book Summary: Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma. So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already…

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