Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully, this list will help you choose!
This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is Button Man by Andrew Gross. Our Coffee Shop Read, perfect for a cozy day in a coffee shop is Riding Raw by Sue Hollis, and our Dark Horse, one you may not have added to your reading list yet, but definitely should, is The Punk Rock of Business: Applying a Punk Rock Attitude to the Modern Business Era by Jeremy Dale.
Our Hot Pick
Button Man by Andrew Gross
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Following up The One Man and The Saboteur, Gross’s next historical thriller brings to life the drama of the birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City from the tale of one family.
After a string of New York Times bestselling suburban thrillers, Andrew Gross has reinvented himself as a writer of historical thrillers. In his latest novel, Button Man, he delivers a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women’s garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.
Morris, Sol, and Harry Rabishevsky grew up poor and rough in a tiny flat on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father thrust them into having to fend for themselves and support their large family. Morris, the youngest, dropped out of school at twelve years old and apprenticed himself to a garment cutter in a clothing factory; Sol headed to accounting school; but Harry, scarred by a family tragedy, fell in with a gang of thugs as a teenager. Morris steadily climbs through the ranks at the factory until at twenty-one he finally goes out on his own, convincing Sol to come work with him. But Harry can’t be lured away from the glamour, the power, and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, whom Morris has battled with since his youth and who has risen to become the most ruthless mobster in New York. And when Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers’ factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother.
This new novel is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and family saga, based on Andrew Gross’s own family story and on the history of the era, complete with appearances by real-life characters like mobsters Louis Lepke and Dutch Schultz and special prosecutor Thomas Dewey, and cements Gross’s reputation as today’s most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.
Andrew Gross is a New York Times bestselling author and for good reason: he’s a master of suspense. He’s is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He’s a fascinating character, and we were delighted to have him in for a Facebook Live interview over the summer, where he discussed Button Man as well as his extensive writing career along with some fascinating anecdotes! We’re so excited for you all to read Button Man!
Our Coffee Shop Read
Riding Raw by Sue Hollis
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Sue Hollis lived in the fast lane, juggling a high-powered career, being a supermom, and continually striving for perfection. But despite her external success, internally she felt a deep emptiness. Leaving her old life in the dirt, she mounted a superbike named Voodoo and set off on a fifteen-thousand-mile journey to discover what it really takes to feel fulfilled.
Riding Raw is the incredible true story of Sue’s eighty-three-day solo journey across North America. Through adventures on glaciers and in roadhouses and encounters with donut-eating dogs and Brazilian bikers, Sue offers a candid and vulnerable look at what it took for her to let go, change her story, step out of fear, and learn how to love herself.
Exhilarating and emotional, Riding Raw takes readers on the trip of a lifetime, inspiring anyone searching for what it means to truly have it all.
Sue Hollis’s story is nothing short of inspirational, and it’s exactly the type of tale so many of us can learn from. The book is packed full of valuable lessons, neatly packaged in a wild ride! Sue is also a life coach, whose “wish for you is to live a Whole Life – a life of fulfillment, energy and passion…that you dream big and experience both head and heart success… [She’s] dedicated to helping you create a life bigger than you thought possible!”
Our Dark Horse
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Author Jeremy Dale believes that too many businesses create an environment that encourages mediocrity and corporate norms that deliver lukewarm results at best. In The Punk Rock of Business, Dale offers a road map away from average and towards innovation through a mindset rooted in punk rock principles. In this fast-paced, actionable guidebook, readers will find:
-Eight punk rock principles to help you redefine your place in the corporate world-for the better
-A set of characteristics to strive for that will liberate you and accelerate your success
-Countless examples—drawing on both the classic stories from the music genre’s industry-changing legacy and Dale’s years of business success—to illustrate these principles and characteristics in action
-Straightforward lessons and actions to start taking today—right now—to break through corporate norms and build something greater
Punk rockers had a cause. They aimed for authenticity and refused to conform. In doing so, they created a dramatic change that shook society to its core. It was a much needed wake-up call for the conservative part of the music industry. Jeremy Dale wants you to do the same in the business world, and in The Punk Rock of Business, he gives you the tools you need to accomplish that goal.
Following on from Erica Keswin’s Bring Your Human to Work, featured last week, we’ve got another amazing workplace strategy book, brilliant for anyone looking to improve their work environment and atmosphere; this time with a punk rock twist! Jeremy Dale has over 20 years’ experience in the consumer electronics industry, and until 2017 he was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s worldwide retail channel. Before this, he was CMO at Motorola during the RAZR heyday!
Jeremy owns a BAFTA for the launch of Pokemon, he was named 35th in the UK’s Marketing Power 100, and he was listed in Total Films 100 Most Influential People in the Movies (between Tom Cruise and Matt Damon). This guy definitely knows what he’s talking about!