You know those subtle tricks your coworkers are all guilty of? The constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions? These tricks make them seem like they know what they’re doing when in fact they have no clue. This behavior is so ingrained, so subtle, and so often mistaken for true intelligence that identifying it, calling it out, or compiling it into an exhaustive digest has never been attempted. Until now.Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, 100 Tricks gives you actionable ways to use words like “actionable,” in order to sound smart. Every type of meeting is covered, from general meetings where you stopped paying attention almost immediately, to one-on-one meetings you zoned out on, to impromptu meetings you were painfully subjected to at the last minute. It’s all here.Open this book to any page and find an easy-to-digest trick with an even easier-to-digest illustration, guiding you on:how to nail the big meeting by pacing and noddingmost effective ways to listen to your coworkers while still completely ignoring themthe key to making your presentations “interactive.”If you hadn’t noticed these behaviors before, you will see them now—from your colleagues, your managers, and soon yourself. Each trick is a mirror to the reality of what happens in meetings, told in the form of hilariously bad advice—advice that you might just want to take. But probably not. But maybe."Sly satire that will bring endless joy to anyone who has ever endured the drudgery of corporate life."―Dan Lyons, writer for HBO's Silicon Valley and New York Times-bestselling author of Disrupted
On a hot summer day two carpenters, Gerasim and Lyubim, sit in a pond, floundering about in the water under a willow tree, beside the unfinished bathing shed they were supposed to be working on. Blue from cold and wrangling, they struggle to drag a large eel out by the gills, from under the root. Read in English, unabridged.
In one volume, three edgy novels set in Vancouver: “If you like your crime hard and fast, Kalteis is for you.” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). This collection features three of Dietrich Kalteis’s action-packed and darkly humorous crime novels, all set in the Canadian city of Vancouver: Ride the Lightning, Triggerfish, and The Deadbeat Club. Ride the Lightning: Dope dealer Miro seizes an opportunity to settle a score with a bounty hunter while working a major drug deal. What follows is a ride through Vancouver’s underbelly with a cast of characters whose ambition exceeds their criminal acumen. Triggerfish: In this “high-octane tale [that] will suit hardcore crime fans,” Rene Beckman, a dishonored ex-cop, has only two things on his mind: his new boat, the Triggerfish, and his hot date, an environmentalist named Vicki (Publishers Weekly). When the two unknowingly dock the boat in the same secluded cove as a Mexican cartel’s submarine, the date ends with a bang. The Deadbeat Club: In this “fast-paced thrill ride,” Grey Stevens has taken over the family business from his late uncle, and now he grows the best pot in Whistler (Publishers Weekly). Everybody wants to get their hands on it, including the two rival gangs coming to town. When Grey rescues a girl from a beating at the hands of one of the gang members, he finds himself in the middle of a turf war and a new relationship at the same time. “Kalteis will be deservedly compared to Elmore Leonard, but he is an original voice.” —John McFetridge, author of the Toronto Series
Charlene Ann Baumbich's beloved Dearest Dorothy books feature the loveable, eccentric residents of Partonville, Illinois, including one 88-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra. The holidays are coming and a plan to build a mini-mall has some residents in a tizzy. It'll take some shrewd negotiating and a little help from the Big Guy upstairs for Dorothy to set this one right.
Radio, television, and live performance veteran, Tom Segura shares a few off-hand appraisals on hotels and hobbies with a cool and thoughtful demeanor in this one hour comedy special, Completely Normal.
A raucous debut novel of organized—and unorganized—crime. “A story that takes itself unseriously enough to be funny” (The Daily Beast, “This Week’s Hot Reads”).
Diego is a forty-something car salesman with a talent for telling half-truths. Fausto sells watches over the phone. Claudio manages (barely) his family-owned neighborhood supermarket. The characteristic common to each of these three men is their abject mediocrity. Yet, mediocrity being the mother of outrageous invention, they embark on a project that would be too ambitious in scope for any single one of them, let alone all three together. They decide to flee the city and to open a rustic holiday farmhouse in the Italian countryside outside Naples.
Their misconceived endeavor would have been challenging enough for these three unlikely entrepreneurs, but when a local mobster arrives and demands they pay him protection money, things go from bad to worse. Now their ordinary (if wrongheaded) attempt to run a small business in an area that organized crime syndicates consider their own becomes a quixotic act of defiance.
A “miraculous” Italian comedy that will have readers laughing out loud, Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles marks Fabio Bartolomei’s vivid debut.
“An entertaining and humorous debut.” —La Repubblica
“A melancholy yet hopeful fable told with a smile.” —Internazionale
“Left the kind of smile on my face that doesn’t go unnoticed and which people often mistake for a kind of facial paralysis.” —Valentina Aversano, Setteperuno
You can count on bestselling author Erma Bombeck to show you the funny side of any situation-no matter how ordinary or difficult. In this collection of heartwarming essays, she ponders what it takes to survive the rigors of contemporary living. As Erma shares her worries about the American way of life, she'll have you chuckling right out loud. You'll view cherished traditions such as the joys of motherhood, TV game shows, family togetherness, and the overworked phrase "Have a good day!" in a completely different light. So get ready to trade your stale outlook for a hilarious new one. Whether America's first lady of humor is poking fun at family life or taking a poignant look at the difficulties of aging, you'll laugh till the tears stream down your face. And with Barbara Rosenblat's rib-tickling performance, you'll feel as if you are sharing a cup of coffee with Erma herself.
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