Thursday, 10 May 2012

READING ROOM: New releases from Toni Morrison, Colin Powell and Sissy Spacek

Nearly a decade after his compelling autobiography My American Journey became an international bestseller, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has followed with It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership, which is being brought out this month (May 22) by HarperCollins. Filled with vivid experiences and lessons that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general, at its heart are Powell's “Thirteen Rules,” notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world.

This month also marks the release of Home (Knopf), the latest and tenth novel by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, now 81. Engaging with Morrison’s finely wrought exploration of African-American life, the novel (set in 20th-century Georgia), has been hailed by reviewers as a moving and taut story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.

Screen legend and Oscar winner Sissy Spacek reflects on her full and fulfilling life’s journey in new memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life (Hyperion), which The Help’s Kathryn Stockett calls “warm, heartfelt, and very real.”

COMING THIS SUMMER: David Muir’s well-known online resource "Pieces of Jamaica" – which captures the candid beauty of Jamaicans and the country’s breathtaking landscape – will be available in book format as of July 2012. The publication will encompass favourites from Muir’s diverse collection of photos, as well as poetry added to each picture.

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