Love, death and fit­ness

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - READS - Valentina On The Edge evie blake Head­line, 464 pages, fic­tion Guilt Jonathan Keller­man bal­lan­tine books, 400 pages, fic­tion Dead­line San­dra brown Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing, 416 pages, fic­tion Pa­leo Work­outs For Dum­mies For dum­mies, 336 pages, non-fict

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Valentina Ros­selli has been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in n ex­hi­bi­tion of erotic photography in Lon­don. She jumps at the chance be­cause Lon­don is where ex-lover Theo Steen in, the one man who has man­aged to get un­der her skin. Lon­don is also where Valentina’s grand­mother Maria found a pas­sion­ate love of her own af­ter World War II.

As Valentina dis­cov­ers more about Maria and the choices she had to make for love, she be­gins to ques­tion how much one should change in the name of love. JONATHAN Keller­man’s long-run­ning se­ries star­ring psy­chol­o­gist Alex Delaware con­tin­ues in this book with the dis­turb­ing dis­cov­ery of an in­fant’s body that had been buried in a back­yard 60 years ago, not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Keller­man reg­u­lar, gay LAPD homi­cide cop Milo Stur­gis is as­signed the case and turns to Alex, as usual, for help delv­ing into the killer’s mind and mo­tives.

As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion twists and turns along an in­creas­ingly dark path, the two find links not only to a tale of love gone wrong six decades old but also to one of LA’s cur­rently hot celebrity cou­ples. MEET Daw­son Scott, a jour­nal­ist who has just re­turned from a tough as­sign­ment in Afghanistan.

While he’s still grap­pling with the emo­tional tur­moil of get­ting back into nor­mal life, he gets a call from a source within the FBI: there’s a new de­vel­op­ment in a story that be­gan 40 years ago. Soon, Daw­son finds him­self look­ing into the dis­ap­pear­ance and pre­sumed mur­der of for­mer Ma­rine, Jeremy Wes­son, the bi­o­log­i­cal son of a pair of ter­ror­ists who re­main on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. This week, we have char­ac­ters in search of ro­mance, ar­maged­don-caus­ing boys, old mur­der­ers, and ... fitter bod­ies. THE ever-pop­u­lar diet that cham­pi­ons “eat­ing like a cave­man” – ie, high pro­tein, low car­bo­hy­drates – is now be­ing sup­ported by what claims to be a suit­able work­out. This book of­fers spe­cially de­signed work­outs that burn fat, fight dis­eases and in­crease en­ergy.

Its ex­er­cises are de­signed to mimic fun­da­men­tal/prim­i­tive hu­man move­ments such as squats, hinges, pushes/pulls, sprints, crawls, and more. IN this se­quel to The Blood Gospel, ar­chae­ol­o­gist Erin Granger and Sgt Jor­dan Stone are on the run with the Book that ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing – from vam­pires to an­gelic be­ings – wants to ei­ther start or stop Ar­maged­don. But for the Book to work, Erin and Joe need to find the Boy, be­lieved to be an an­gel given flesh. And they need to find him be­fore the other side does be­cause if they get their hands on him, the in­no­cent boy can be trained to de­stroy in­stead of save the world.

Now Erin must use her arche­o­log­i­cal skills to dis­cover the truth of the early years in the life of Je­sus Christ and un­der­stand his first true mir­a­cle, a search that will take her and BUB­BLY Cameron Diaz of­fers her take on how to be­come hap­pier and healthier in this book that was in­spired by her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. She has fa­mously ad­mit­ted to not be­ing very health con­scious un­til she be­gan ed­u­cat­ing her­self on nu­tri­tion, ex­er­cise and the mind-body con­nec­tion.

Aware that she is a role model to women around the world, Diaz de­cided to share her knowl­edge in this book, ex­plain­ing why it is im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge hunger and how to sat­isfy it cor­rectly, with whole, nu­tri­ent-dense foods. Diaz also ex­plains the The Global Jour­ney Of An Asian, a book that de­tails his long jour­ney to be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur from an Asian per­spec­tive.

This is Palan’s 15th book but it is one that de­parts greatly from his usual topics of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment.

At the book’s launch last month, Palan spoke about how he found his call­ing in train­ing, ie, in help­ing peo­ple to learn and per­form; and that in turn is what helped him achieve suc­cess as an en­tre­pre­neur, as his com­pany, SMRT Hold­ings Bhd, has grown from a lo­cal busi­ness to one that pro­vides so­lu­tions for hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment in more than 30 coun­tries. It is how he achieved this that is the fo­cus of The Global Jour­ney Of An Asian.

Dr Palan’s pre­vi­ous 14 ti­tles have been rather tech­ni­cal books on hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, some of which are more mem­o­rable than oth­ers. One of his most well-known ti­tles is The Magic Of Mak­ing Train­ing Fun!, which cham­pi­ons the ben­e­fits of mak­ing train­ing ses­sions fun; orig­i­nally THE aris­to­cratic Ing­hams are en­joy­ing life in their an­ces­tral home, Caven­don Hall, where they are served by the faith­ful Swann fam­ily “be­low stairs”. Both fam­i­lies are look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing sea­son when the pret­ti­est of the four Ing­ham daugh­ters, Lady Daphne, is to be pre­sented at court where she will surely be in­un­dated by suit­able mar­riage pro­pos­als.

But this is the sum­mer of 1913, the eve of World War I, and the winds of change are blow­ing hard, putting the house of Ing­ham at risk. What lies ahead for the Ing­hams and the Swanns? – Com­piled by Gayathri Nair writ­ten in 1997, the book has been re­peat­edly re­vised over the years and con­tin­ues to be rel­e­vant to­day, 17 years later.

“But The Global Jour­ney Of An Asian is dif­fer­ent from those books be­cause this is a book on en­trepreneur­ship,” said Dr Palan, not­ing that this ti­tle took him three long years to com­plete in­stead of his usual six months.

“It took me to over 35 coun­tries and I met thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple. And my jour­ney as an au­thor, sup­ported by a good friend of mine, started to ful­fil a need to write books rel­e­vant to Asia.”

The Global Jour­ney Of An Asian ad­dresses the sub­ject of start­ing out as an Asian en­tre­pre­neur and break­ing into the global mar­ket. Dr Palan ad­mits that his transi-

The Global Jour­ney Of An Asian is pub­lished by the SMRT Group and is avail­able at all MPH book­stores and at www.mphon­line.com.

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