Chasing Daylight

How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life

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Author: Eugene O'Kelly

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Europe

ISBN: 9780077118471

Category: Brain

Page: 201

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Chasing Daylight is the honest, touching, and ultimately inspirational memoir of former KPMG CEO Eugene O'Kelly, completed in the three and a half months between his diagnosis with brain cancer and his death in September 2005. It’s haunting yet extraordinarily hopeful voice reminds us to embrace the fragile, fleeting moments of our lives: the brief time we have with our family, our friends, and even ourselves. Glimpse the strategies Gene embraced to accept and live the final stages of his life with vibrancy and calm - and what his preparations for death taught him about life. This paperback edition features a new foreword by his wife, Corinne O'Kelly and a readers' group guide and questions “A moving memoir†The Times “Challenging and thought-provoking†The Financial Times “[A] well-written and moving book.†The Economist.com "Voicing universal truths not often found in business or how-to tracts...[O'Kelly] made a success out of his final mission."-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life

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Author: Gene O'Kelly

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071759530

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Chasing Daylight is the honest, touching, and ultimately inspirational memoir of former KPMG CEO Eugene O'Kelley, completed in the three-and-a-half months between his diagnosis with brain cancer and his death in September 2005. Its haunting yet extraordinarily hopeful voice reminds us to embrace the fragile, fleeting moments of our lives-the brief time we have with our family, our friends, and even ourselves. This paperback edition features a new foreword by his wife, Corinne O'Kelley and a readers' group guide and questions. “Voicing universal truths . . . shared . . . simply and clearly.”-Janet Malin, New York Times “Words to live by.”-Kerry Hannon, USA Today “One of the most unexpected and touching books you're likely to read this year.”-Edward Nawotka, Bloomberg News “An honest, thought-provoking memoir . . . O'Kelly has many lessons to teach us on how to live.”-Steve Powers, Houston Chronicle “[A] well-written and moving book.”-TheEconomist.com

Chasing Daylight

Seize the Power of Every Moment

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Author: Erwin Raphael McManus

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418525847

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Chasing Daylight (previously published as Seizing Your Devine Moment) is a call to live a life of blazing urgency. We have but one life. We are given one opportunity to pursue our dreams and fulfill our divine purpose. Every moment counts, and we must engage them with fierceness and zeal. Put an end to passive observation, paralyzed by the need for perfect opportunity, and start seizing the raw, untapped potential of your life with God. Are you willing to risk failure? Are you ready to get in the game? You may stumble, but you will find yourself falling forward, propelled toward the God-inspired adventure He intends you to live.

So Far, So Good

A Memoir of a Brain Tumor Patient and His Caregiver

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Author: Kathy Beechem

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1609769953

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

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Pete Nadherny was the CEO of his own business in Cincinnati when he learned he had a brain tumor. His wife and the author of this book, Kathy, was a bank executive who traveled every week as part of her job. About their story So Far, So Good, she writes: "When Pete found his brain tumor, we both realized that this changed everything. Both of us quit working. Petes prognosis was grim. He had a grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor with an estimated life expectancy of six to eleven months." So began the journey captured in this memoir. "Pete had two brain surgeries, participated in a clinical trial, had six weeks of radiation, over thirty MRIs, had blood clots and nearly died once of pneumonia. Petes attitude toward his illness was amazing. He was a fighter, always focused on living, not dying." When people asked how he was doing, he would say, So Far, So Good. "Pete lived twenty-five months and we had an amazing adventure together. Details of Petes treatment and our trips are captured real time in the carepage entries we made to allow those following us to stay current over these twenty-five months. The carepage entries are included in the book. Our site had over 26,000 hits over those twenty-five months. Petes death on Jan 26, 2008, was described on our carepage. The other dimension to this memoir is the spiritual journey Pete and I experienced as Pete faced his own death." So Far, So Good is a love story about two people coping with an awful disease together, "deepening our love for each other along the way." Proceeds will benefit the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center, UCBrainTumorCenter.com http: //SBPRA.com/KathyBeechem

Under My Helmet

A Football Player’s Lifelong Battle with Bipolar Disorder

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Author: Keith O'Neil

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1510716882

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

View: 8924

Ever since he was a child, Keith O’Neil wanted to play football. Born on the same day that his father, Ed O’Neil, was cut from the New England Patriots, football was all Keith could think about . . .aside from his anxiety. Offered a scholarship to Northern Arizona University, O’Neil jumped at the chance to prove himself. Though it wasn’t a Division I-A school, he brought his all and was a natural on the field, achieving first-team All-Big Sky choice as a junior and senior, as well as earning All-American honors. Going undrafted, luck came from the Dallas Cowboys, who offered O’Neil an invite to rookie mini-camp. But while trying to learn the playbook, his anxiety and insomnia returned. Even so, he made the team as an undrafted free agent. His dream had come true. While proving himself as a hard-nosed special teamer, sleepless nights, constant anxiety, and suicidal thoughts clouded his mind. O’Neil considered stepping away from the game multiple times, even speaking to his coach, Bill Parcells. Parcells gave him the wisdom that ?Everyone has a demon in their head, and we have to beat that demon. Beat the demon!” After being released from the Cowboys, O’Neil spent time with the Colts and Giants, but still could not escape his inner demons. He asked for help but never received the attention he needed. In fact, for suicidal thoughts was given a CD to help him relax?Enya. It finally became too much for him to handle, and the final decision was made to walk away from the game. It wasn’t until sometime later that was finally diagnosed: Bipolar I disorder. Finally, everything made sense. Under My Helmet is the personal story of a man working every day to prove his worth while struggling with a debilitating?and undiagnosed?mental illness. O’Neil’s voice is honest and open as he shares his battles and the steps he’s taken to overcome adversity.

Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life

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Author: Gene O'Kelly

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071499938

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Chasing Daylight is the honest, touching, and ultimately inspirational memoir of former KPMG CEO Eugene O'Kelley, completed in the three-and-a-half months between his diagnosis with brain cancer and his death in September 2005. Its haunting yet extraordinarily hopeful voice reminds us to embrace the fragile, fleeting moments of our lives-the brief time we have with our family, our friends, and even ourselves. This paperback edition features a new foreword by his wife, Corinne O'Kelley and a readers' group guide and questions. “Voicing universal truths . . . shared . . . simply and clearly.”-Janet Malin, New York Times “Words to live by.”-Kerry Hannon, USA Today “One of the most unexpected and touching books you're likely to read this year.”-Edward Nawotka, Bloomberg News “An honest, thought-provoking memoir . . . O'Kelly has many lessons to teach us on how to live.”-Steve Powers, Houston Chronicle “[A] well-written and moving book.”-TheEconomist.com

You Choose

How Your Choices Today Affect You Tomorrow

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Author: Russ Warren

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449798128

Category: Religion

Page: 108

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“You make me every single day. Some days you are unaware that I even exist, but I still get made. There are times when I am short and simple; at other times, I am a bit more drawn out and difficult. Sometimes there is pressure to make me in the midst of chaos; at other times, you get to make me in times of happiness and joy. I have the power to either land you in jail or give you ultimate victory. By doing nothing at all, you have still made me. Really, I am made at the end of a road that forks and runs off into two directions. Who am I? I am choice! Welcome to this book about choices. Whether you picked this book up at the bookstore because it looked interesting or someone you know gave it to you, I believe there is a lot for you to take away from here. I have been speaking at events and talking about choices for several years now and it is still something that drives me every day. Here is why: the choices you and I make today have the power to impact us greatly, either good or bad, in our future.” In today’s world, choices are made momentarily without much thought to their long-term consequences. It is the author’s hope and prayer that as you read this book, you will begin to think more deeply about your decisions today and how they will affect you tomorrow. You only live once, but if you live it right, once is enough. Live your life in such a way as to make a difference in this world. Are you tired of living a certain way and want to change? How do you want to live? The good news is this: you choose!

Power Questions

Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others

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Author: Andrew Sobel,Jerold Panas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118119630

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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"An arsenal of powerful questions that will transform every conversationSkillfully redefine problems. Make an immediate connection with anyone. Rapidly determine if a client is ready to buy. Access the deepest dreams of others. Power Questions sets out a series of strategic questions that will transform your effectiveness with others. The book showcases thirty-five riveting, real conversations with CEOs, billionaires, clients, colleagues, and friends. Each story illustrates the extraordinary power and impact of a thought-provoking, incisive power question. To help readers navigate a variety of professional challenges, over 200 additional, thought-provoking questions are also summarized at the end of the book. The insights in Power Questions include: Want to refocus a client conversation? Ask, What's the most important thing we should be discussing today? Want to connect deeply? Ask the startlingly simple, What are your dreams? Want to learn how someone became the person they are? Ask, How did you get your start? Want to understand a client's deepest motivations? Ask, Why do you do what you do? Does someone need a push to excel? Ask, Is this the best you can do? When you use power questions, you magnify your professional and personal influence, create intimate connections with others, and drive to the true heart of the issue every time"--Provided by publisher.

Surprise

Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected

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Author: Tania Luna,LeeAnn Renninger,

Publisher: Perigee Books

ISBN: 9780399169830

Category:

Page: 272

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Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected is a fascinating look at how we can handle and harness surprise in our work, relationships, and everyday lives. When things go according to plan, those things are essentially invisible to us. Worse still, when we overdose on predictability, we begin to feel that slow, soul-sucking torture of hypo-stress (the stress of not enough stimulation): blah meetings, boring weekends, and bland conversations. Surprise is the antidote. In Surprise , Tania Luna and LeAnn Renninger, Ph.D., show you how the unexpected is--and can be--used in every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With colorful anecdotes, interviews with notable people who have successfully harnessed the power of surprise, and fascinating scientific studies, Surprise will give a fresh perspective to even the most mundane activities and encounters.

Resucceed

Create an Extraordinary Future While You Sleep by Using the 5-Minute Epic Evening Ritual

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Author: James Colburn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998785806

Category:

Page: N.A

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Congratulations-you're successful! . . . So why are you so unhappy? You've racked up achievements and strive every day to do your best, yet your energy and enthusiasm seem to have evaporated. You've accomplished a lot. And you're working every day to achieve even more . . . So why do you feel like you keep coming up short? If we're not careful, success becomes a sort of prison. Big titles, paychecks, and possessions-they can all become barriers holding us back from our purpose, meaning, fulfillment, and joy. Worse, as high achievers we're tempted to think we're should have all the answers. We mistakenly define ourselves by what we've accomplished rather than who we are. Is it any wonder we're miserable? RESUCCEED shows you how to break that cycle. In it, you'll learn a simple bedtime routine to focus your attention on the Great Questions most important to your life. Successful people normally have a morning routine to launch their day, but too often they don't understand the importance of having a ritual to end the day. They slide into bed exhausted, missing their chance to prime their minds for a new level of thinking in the 5 minutes before they turn out the light. By revealing the transformative power of the 5-Minute Epic Evening Ritual, RESUCCEED trains you to -sleep on it- like never before, so that your creative mind and your subconscious can go to work opening you up to the miraculous. You'll achieve a new level of clarity as the answers to your most unanswerable questions arrive in abundance. James Colburn's Resucceed System has already helped many high achievers make that breakthrough. In RESUCCEED, he shows you step by step how to ask the right questions in the right way with the right language. The 5-Minute Epic Evening Ritual will enable you to find bold new answers to your deepest questions about life, business, family, and the future-to help you. Beyond that, RESUCCEED shares the inspiring personal journey that allowed James to overcome his own limitations. Writing this book helped him achieve his vision of a life of purpose and contribution; reading it will help you integrate your talents and skills with your own purpose and what brings you joy. Ready to Resucceed?

A Leader's Legacy

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Author: James M. Kouzes,Barry Z. Posner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470482834

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner take on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadership and legacy. Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave a lasting impact. These powerful essays are grouped into four categories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage. In each essay the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguous issue with which today’s leaders must grapple issues—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics, why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trust for granted, why it’s not just the leader’s vision, why failure is always an option, why it takes courage to “make a life,” how to liberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.

Crash

A Mother, A Son, And The Journey From Grief To Gratitude

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Author: Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762787457

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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In these pages she explores all of these boundaries: between then and now, grief and gratitude, before and after, us and them. Her many years as a "medical insider" bring her story authenticity and detail, while her newcomer status as the parent of a trauma victim add poignancy and warmth in this first memoir.

Healing Spaces

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Author: Esther M Sternberg

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674033361

Category: Medical

Page: 343

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If the distractions and distortions around you, the jarring colors and sounds, could shake up the healing chemistry of your mind, might your surroundings also have the power to heal you? This is the question Esther Sternberg explores in Healing Spaces, a look at the marvelously rich nexus of mind and body, perception and place. The book shows how a Disney theme park or a Frank Gehry concert hall, a labyrinth or a garden can trigger or reduce stress, induce anxiety or instill peace.

The Snowball

Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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Author: Alice Schroeder

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408807327

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 832

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Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Prize 2008 The Snowball is the first and will be the only biography of the world's richest man, Warren Buffett, written with his full cooperation and collaboration. Combining a unique blend of "The Sage of Omaha's" business savvy, life story and philosophy, The Snowball is essential reading for anyone wishing to discover and replicate the secrets of his business and life success. Warren Buffett is arguably the world's greatest investor. Even as a child he was fascinated by the concept of risk and probability, setting up his first business at the age of six. In 1964 he bought struggling Massachusetts textile firm Berkshire Hathaway and grew it to be the 12th largest corporation in the US purely through the exercise of sound investing principles - a feat never equalled in the annals of business. Despite an estimated net worth of around US$62 billion, Buffett leads an intriguingly frugal life taking home a salary of only £50,000 a year. His only indulgence is a private jet, an extravagance he wryly acknowledges by calling it "The Indefensible". In 2006, he made the largest charitable donation on record, with most of it going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Snowball provides a comprehensive, richly detailed insight one of the world's most extraordinary and much loved public figures.

Downtown Owl

A Novel

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Author: Chuck Klosterman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416580654

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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New York Times Bestselling Author Chuck Klosterman's First Novel Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect. Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup. Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that they've never met. Like a colder, Reagan-era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing. Loaded with detail and unified by a (very real) blizzard, it's technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time...but it's really about a problem. And the problem is this: What does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl, what matters more is how you ask the question.

Overwhelming Odds

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Author: Susan O'Leary,Denny O'Leary

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0615802478

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 145

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This inspirational story is written by Susan and Denny O'Leary, who find themselves inside any parent's worst nightmare. On an ordinary wintry day in a quiet St. Louis suburb, their son John is engulfed by flames after a gasoline explosion. John, just nine years old, critically injured and begging to die, is transported to St. John's hospital where he remains for more than four months, with 98% of his body severely burned. Against all odds, John lives. Along the arduous road to recovery he meets and is helped by a cast of fascinating and sympathetic characters: Jack Buck, announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals; Gino Cavallini, dynamic member of the St. Louis Blues hockey team; Glenn Cunningham, motivational speaker and former Olympic champion; and a host of family, medical providers, friends, and strangers, who share themselves, their talents and their God to help John first survive and eventually thrive. ... John and Beth O'Leary are proud parents of three young boys and live in Webster Groves, Missouri. Because of the poignant response from this book, John has established himself as an international speaker. Each year, John consistently shares his message with over 160 organizations within the fields of healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services and education.

Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard

Finding Your Purpose and Putting It to Work

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Author: Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119288533

Category: Education

Page: 208

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How leadership with love can make lasting changes, even in the toughest situations Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard offers real, actionable advice for those seeking to change the education system from within. While countless books, articles, and speeches decry the challenges disadvantaged students in low-performing schools face, no one has offered a clear path forward through these challenges—until now. Author Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, grew up in the same North Philadelphia neighborhood where she now leads and fought every single day for the chance to become a part of the solution. Today, she is a turnaround principal and popular TED Talk speaker who helps children living in poverty achieve more than they ever thought possible. In Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard, she provides hope, optimism, and a call to action to help all students reach their true potential. Steadfast leadership and clear principles can overcome almost anything, and this book shows you how to focus your passion, apply your skills, and lead your students down the path to a better future. Discover and develop the leader within Take responsibility and move forward every day Give each student the critical interaction they crave Be a force for real, positive change in neighborhood schools Highlighting the intersection of strong visionary and strategic thinking with on-the-ground, day-to-day implementation, this narrative-driven guide tells the stories of real students and educators to show how clear principles and strong guidance can turn around schools—and the students they serve.

The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald,Matthew Joseph Bruccoli

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684842505

Category: Fiction

Page: 797

View: 1889

F. Scott Fitzgerald is best known for his novels such as THE GREAT GATSBY, but during his all-too-brief literary life, he sold some 160 short stories to popular magazines. Here, noted scholar and biographer Matthew Bruccoli assembles in one volume the full scope of the best of Fitzgerald's short fiction. These 43 sparkling masterpieces are offered in a handsome Scribner Classics edition, perfect for the home library.

House Rules

A Novel

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Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439199310

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and the modern classics My Sister’s Keeper, The Storyteller, and more, comes a “complex, compassionate, and smart” (The Washington Post) novel about a family torn apart by a murder accusation. When your son can’t look you in the eye…does that mean he’s guilty? Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. He has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right. But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are thrust directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And for the frightened small town, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder? House Rules is “a provocative story in which [Picoult] explores the pain of trying to comprehend the people we love—and reminds us that the truth often travels in disguise” (People).