One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Stuart Woods. I guess I have read all of his novels over the past 15 years. I just finished Sex, Lies & Serious Money (Putnam, 2016), and am reading his newest, Below the Belt (Putnam, 2017).
One reason I like the books so much is that many of them feature Stone Barrington as the primary character. Barrington is a former New York City policeman, who was injured on the job, and who now serves as counsel to a law firm in the region. He inherited a lot of money from his mother, who was a famous painter, and from an ex-wife who was murdered. Barrington owns four homes, including one in England, and he drives cars we only dream of, and is an established pilot with two of his own planes. Oh, and in case you wonder, he is single, and seems to always have a woman in tow, bouncing around his own and different beds. Some are recurring regulars, but others are just brief encounters. He is a very smart guy, who cannot stay out of trouble – in fact, trouble seems to find him. But, he can rest with comfort, because is best friend, Dino, is the commissioner of the police department in New York City.
I guess everyone has a character who we wish we could be like. Barrington’s life is too dangerous for me, but since I don’t have to live it, I will just enjoy reading it.
Stuart Woods is 79 years old, and according to Bookbrowse.com, is the author of more than sixty novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New Mexico, Florida, and Maine.
If you need some advice on where to start with his books, just contact me, and I will give you some ideas.
Adam Braun’s blockbuster best-seller, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change (New York: Scribner, 2014) has hit the lists with fervor. It is now # 2 in the Wall Street Journal business best-selling list for the second week in a row, and comes in at Amazon.com #109 in total Books, and the following in specialty categories.
- #1 in Books > Business & Money > Business Life > Ethics
- #1 in Books > Education & Reference > Schools & Teaching > Education Theory
- #1 in Books > Business & Money > Industries & Professions > Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
This is one of our two featured books at the First Friday Book Synopsis in June, 2014 at the Park City Club. Registration opens on May 10 at www.firstfridaybooksynopsis.com.
Who is Adam Braun? He is an American businessman, author, and philanthropist. He is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has built more than 150 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America and delivered over 12 million educational hours in its first four years. PoP was founded with just $25 using Braun’s unique “For-Purpose” approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List. Braun began his career in finance, until he met a young boy begging on the streets and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer- “A pencil.” He then traveled through 50+ countries to focus on educational systems and eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise. Braun was selected as one of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers and has been featured at the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, Mashable’s Innovation Index and Wired Magazine’s 2012 Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.
What is this book all about? Here is a summary from www.bookbrowse.com:
Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “A pencil.”
This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of twenty-four. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than two hundred schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.
The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey through more than fifty countries to find his calling, as each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passion and potential. His trailblazing story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give readers the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery.
If you have ever wanted a more purpose-driven life, if you have ever felt like you could become more than your current circumstances allow, it’s time to ask yourself, “What do I want most in the world?” And through the lessons shared in this book, turn those ideas into reality.
Look at those smiles and you will see how worthwhile the effort that Braun leads has become.
Rarely have we ever seen a book just leap to the top of legitimate best-selling lists so fast.
We look forward to presenting this book to you in June.
Don’t forget that registration opens on May 10.