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Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
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Jonah Berger is a professor of marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Daniel Gilbert, professor at Harvard, has said that Dr. Berger knows more about what makes information go viral than anyone else in the world.

Dr. Berger observes that word of mouth is not just frequent, its also important. The things others tell us, e-mail us, and text us have a significant impact on what we think, read, buy and do. We try websites our neighbors recommend, read books our relatives praise, and vote for candidates our friends endorse. Word of mouth is the primary factor behind 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions.

Word of mouth is more effective… Read more
The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
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Vincent Lam is a writer based in Toronto. The Headmaster's Tale is a highly accomplished novel that expresses deep human and cultural truths, and the sweep of historical forces that upset everything in their path.

Like many fine novelists, Lam has chosen to offer a fictionalized account of that which is closest to him - his family and its history, as part of the Chinese expatriate community in Vietnam.

Percival Chen is a Chinese patriarch who, like many of his compatriots, has sought, and found, the 'Gold Mountain' of financial success outside China, as headmaster of a school that teaches English in Saigon. He is motivated by money and all of the pleasures and comforts… Read more
The Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder
The Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder
Carrie Snyder is a writer based in Waterloo, Ontario. The Juliet Stories is a collection of short stories that tells the story of Juliet Friesen, from her childhood years as the daughter of peace activists in Nicaragua, to her adult years in Canada.

Short stories were really the right format for this narrative, because it allows for a mix of continuity and discontinuity.

There is a significant change of pace between the day-to-day intensity of childhood experience in a developing country in the first part of the book ("Amulets"), and the more reflective adult experiences back in our country ("Disruption").

The early stories in Nicaragua are filled with… Read more