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Think Again
Author: Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead, Andrew Campbell
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 1422133370
Pages: 256
Year: 2009-02-03
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Why do smart and experienced leaders make flawed, even catastrophic, decisions? Why do people keep believing they have made the right choice, even with the disastrous result staring them in the face? And how can you be sure you're making the right decision--without the benefit of hindsight? Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead, and Andrew Campbell show how the usually beneficial processes of the human mind can become traps when we face big decisions. The authors show how the shortcuts our brains have learned to take over millennia of evolution can derail our decision making. Think Again offers a powerful model for making better decisions, describing the key red flags to watch for and detailing the decision-making safeguards we need. Using examples from business, politics, and history, Think Again deconstructs bad decisions, as they unfolded in real time, to show how you can avoid the same fate.
Bad Decision
Author: Lilly Sweet
Publisher: HQN
ISBN: 2280366185
Pages: 166
Year: 2016-12-07
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Qui a dit que les bonnes résolutions devaient être tenues ? Lorsqu’elle découvre que son copain l’a trompée avec une femme rencontrée sur Internet, Vicky se promet de ne plus laisser aucun homme entrer dans sa vie. Terminé. Désormais, elle se concentrera uniquement sur sa carrière de chroniqueuse dans un grand journal du Sud-Ouest. Mais ses projets sont bouleversés lorsque le nouveau patron par intérim, Mickael, décide de lui imposer un sujet : les rencontres en ligne. Outre le fait que Mickael veut l’obliger à rompre sa promesse de se tenir éloignée des hommes, il a par ailleurs un comportement très troublant à son égard. Si troublant que Vicky en viendrait presque à regretter d’avoir tiré un trait sur les hommes... [Ce roman est précédemment paru sous le titre "L'amour en un clic"] A propos de l'auteur D’origine parisienne, Lilly Sweet a migré vers le Sud-Ouest. Depuis ses douze ans, l’écriture constitue un moment d’évasion, avec une prédilection toute naturelle pour la romance, qui provient sans doute de sa passion pour les histoires et les films d’amour.
Blindfolded Innocence
Author: Alessandra Torre
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 1488081646
Pages: 384
Year: 2017-06-01
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He was just as deliciously dangerous as she'd been warned… Don't miss this fan-favorite series from New York Times bestselling author Alessandra Torre! Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever, and whomever, he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he is a playboy who's bedded half the city, including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive. Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren't warned away from Brad at every turn, she'd know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is an older man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence. But before she knows it, the incorrigible charmer has her under his spell. His deviant tastes plunge her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration…but her heart may not survive the fall. First published in 2014
Bride of the Wolf
Author: Susan Krinard
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460308727
Pages: 384
Year: 2012-11-15
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Rachel Lyndon yearns to escape her scandalous past, but her dreams for a better life seem ruined after she buries her fiancé on the Texas plains. Heath Renier has been evading the law by the skin of his teeth for years. Now he's found a new identity as Holden Renshaw, foreman of Dog Creek Ranch. But the arrival of his boss's mail-order bride, now a widow, upsets his fragile peace and threatens to expose his deadly secrets. Rachel knows that the mysterious and savagely handsome Holden is the last man she should trust--especially once she's seen glimpses of his true nature. When he's suspected of killing his employer, she has a terrible choice to make. But the heat of his gaze ignites something seductive and irresistible within her. No matter how dangerous the road ahead, she's determined to give him the one thing he's never truly believed he deserves: her undying love.
Judgment Under Uncertainty
Author: Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic, Amos Tversky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521284147
Pages: 555
Year: 1982-04-30
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The thirty-five chapters in this book describe various judgmental heuristics and the biases they produce, not only in laboratory experiments but in important social, medical, and political situations as well. Individual chapters discuss the representativeness and availability heuristics, problems in judging covariation and control, overconfidence, multistage inference, social perception, medical diagnosis, risk perception, and methods for correcting and improving judgments under uncertainty. About half of the chapters are edited versions of classic articles; the remaining chapters are newly written for this book. Most review multiple studies or entire subareas of research and application rather than describing single experimental studies. This book will be useful to a wide range of students and researchers, as well as to decision makers seeking to gain insight into their judgments and to improve them.
Animal Instincts
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459247027
Pages: 384
Year: 2012-06-15
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Unleashing your inner tigress isn't easy when you're a doormat by nature! Still, after escaping a wretched marriage to a cheating SOB, Dallas party planner Naomi Delacroix isn't about to let another man sweet-talk her into sheathing her protective claws. Not even hunky millionaire Royce Powell, who's hired her to arrange his mother's surprise party. Even if he does make her purr like a kitten with one heated glance… Royce claims he's been in love with her ever since she threw a party for one of his friends six months ago. But if that's true, why is this incredibly eligible CEO currently taking applications for a wife? Despite herself, Naomi is tempted to fill one out. But can her inner tigress believe a man might change his stripes?
Bad Boys Do
Author: Victoria Dahl
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459296583
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-03-14
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A taboo affair with a younger man comes with its own set of perks—and complications—in this fan-favorite story from USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Dahl… Olivia Bishop is no fun. That's what her ex-husband said. And that's what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She's going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away on some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble—in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan—may be too tempting to avoid. Jamie Donovan doesn't mean to be bad. Sure, the wild streak in his wicked green eyes has lured the ladies before. Now it's time to grow up. He's even ready for a serious romance. But how can that be when Olivia, the only right woman he has ever met, already has him pegged as wrong? Book 2 of Donovan Brothers. A sexy contemporary romance.
Scandalous
Author: Candace Camp
Publisher: Mills & Boon
ISBN: 026385079X
Pages: 400
Year: 2006-09
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She had always been a model of propriety, the dutiful daughter and loving sister who put her family above all else. No one had guessed at the shocking secret she kept hidden - or the desire that would burn inside her at this stranger's touch.
Good Girls Don't
Author: Victoria Dahl
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 1459296575
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-03-14
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A sexy cop with a wicked streak meets the most unlikely of matches when his job lands him on the doorstep of his best friend's little sister in this fan-favorite story by USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Dahl… With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman—or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a break-in at her family's brewery. He's got his own problems—starting with the fact that his partner, Simone, is pregnant and everyone thinks he's the father. Tessa has her hands full, too. Her brother's playboy ways may be threatening the business, and the tension could tear her tight-knit family apart. In fact, the only thing that could unite the Donovan boys is seeing a man come after their “baby” sister. Especially a man like Luke Asher. But Tessa sees past the rumors to the man beneath. He's not who people think he is—and neither is she. Book 1 of Donovan Brothers. A sexy contemporary romance.
Bad News Cowboy
Author: Maisey Yates
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 0373788533
Pages: 512
Year: 2015-07-28
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Includes a bonus novella: Shoulda been a cowboy.
The Paradox of Choice
Author: Barry Schwartz
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061748994
Pages: 304
Year: 2009-10-13
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Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression. In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.
Echo of Danger
Author: Marta Perry
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 1460397835
Pages: 384
Year: 2017-05-01
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In peaceful Pennsylvania Dutch country, a young mother discovers a shocking danger—and an unexpected ally A whisper of a threat looms over widow Deidre Morris. She and her young son have unwittingly become prisoners of her intimidating father-in-law's power. One wrong step could find her son torn from her and in the hands of the influential judge. But when Deidre collides with an intriguing stranger, the prospect of a new friendship gives her renewed hope…until a devastating murder rocks the quiet community of Echo Falls and Deidre learns first impressions can't be trusted. Attorney Jase Glassman's assignment is straightforward: befriend Deidre, gather incriminating evidence…and allow her dogged father-in-law to take custody of her child. Anything else, including losing himself in her honest charm, will compromise the job he was hired to do. Yet when a murderer ushers danger into the town, Jase's only instinct is to protect Deidre and her son—no matter the sacrifice.
The Burnout Society
Author: Byung-Chul Han
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804797501
Pages: 72
Year: 2015-08-12
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Our competitive, service-oriented societies are taking a toll on the late-modern individual. Rather than improving life, multitasking, "user-friendly" technology, and the culture of convenience are producing disorders that range from depression to attention deficit disorder to borderline personality disorder. Byung-Chul Han interprets the spreading malaise as an inability to manage negative experiences in an age characterized by excessive positivity and the universal availability of people and goods. Stress and exhaustion are not just personal experiences, but social and historical phenomena as well. Denouncing a world in which every against-the-grain response can lead to further disempowerment, he draws on literature, philosophy, and the social and natural sciences to explore the stakes of sacrificing intermittent intellectual reflection for constant neural connection.
Where Secrets Sleep
Author: Marta Perry
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 1460380444
Pages: 384
Year: 2015-03-01
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In small town Laurel Ridge, not everything is as simple as it appears After a terrible betrayal, Allison Standish flees Philadelphia for the small Amish village of Laurel Ridge to claim an unexpected inheritance. Allison intends to sell the mansion housing various shops on Main Street—until she meets Nick Whiting, a single father and tenant of Blackburn House, who challenges everything she believes about her estranged grandmother and the Amish community. Strange stipulations in her grandmother's will soon bring distant relatives and seething townsfolk to Allison's door. As anonymous threats escalate, Nick grows protective of Allison, and she finds herself falling for the handsome carpenter… But then she discovers her grandmother's death may not have been accidental, and someone wants Allison gone. Permanently. "Perry's story hooks you immediately. Her uncanny ability to seamlessly blend the mystery element with contemporary themes makes this one intriguing read." —RT Book Reviews on Home by Dark
First Time in Forever
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 0373785046
Pages: 384
Year: 2015-02-24
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Becoming the guardian for her water-phobic niece, Emily has seen her life change and her stress level elevate, but when she meets yacht club owner Ryan, he makes it his personal mission to get her to unwind and enjoy life.