Daddy’s Little Princess

Cathy Glass (a pseudonym) is a foster carer. When social service sent Beth to her home to stay while her father was in hospital for depression, Cathy thought it was just another foster child who was staying with her temporarily.

But Cathy’s instinct told her there was something not quite right about Beth’s relationship with her father. She couldn’t pin point what it was, but she knew something was off. When Cathy voiced her concern to Beth’s social worker, it was dismissed because there was no evidence that anything inappropriate had happened… until the social worker witnessed the way Beth and her father interacted.

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Dunia Tanpa Tembok

Pernahkah anda tertanya-tanya apa kisah sebenar di sebalik apa yang berlaku di pentas politik antarabangsa? Kalau anda mahu faham ‘wayang’ politik antarabangsa, anda perlu faham percaturan geopolitik.

Buku ini adalah himpunan artikel yang ditulis oleh Ayman Rashdan Wong mengenai isu-isu geopolitik. Apabila anda faham strategi dan taktik geopolitik, anda akan faham percaturan licik para pemimpin dan ahli politik demi menjaga kepentingan politik dan negara masing-masing.

Artikel pertama menceritakan asal-usul nama Malaysia manakala artikel kedua menceritakan asal-usul Jalur Gemilang. Saya pasti ramai rakyat Malaysia tidak tahu kisah menarik di sebalik dua sejarah ini.

Kalau sehingga sekarang anda masih keliru mengenai siapa di sebalik peperangan di Syria dan Yaman, dan apa yang mereka mahu, kupasannya ada dalam buku ini.

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Zion’s Christian Soldiers?

This book explores whether Christians’ support of the modern state of Israel is justified according to the scripture.

The belief that God judges people based how they treat the Jewish people and the state of Israel is based on the promise God made to Abraham that God will bless those who bless Abraham and curse whoever curse Abraham (Genesis 12:3).

Is God’s promise to Abraham still applicable to his descendants today? Even though the promise was iterated by Abraham’s son (Isaac) to his grandson (Jacob), like the promise to Abraham, it was a personal blessing.

Unlike the present day Israel that wants an exclusive Jewish state, Moses warned the Jews against racial exclusivity (Deuteronomy 23:7-8). King David looked forward to the day when other races would share the same identity and privileges as the Israelites (Psalm 87:4). God welcome “those who acknowledge me” — an inclusive Israel. The Bible does not grant a racial exclusivity; it does not give any race preferential or elevated status in God’s kingdom.

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Kembara Peniaga Jalanan

Ikram Al-Banjari tidak berasal daripada keluarga peniaga tetapi minatnya untuk berniaga membuak-buak sejak kecil. Ketika berusia sepuluh tahun, beliau menjual buah jambu bila saja ada acara di padang sekolah di hadapan rumahnya.

Pada usia 13 tahun, dia belajar berjualan di gerai Pak Man yang dibuka semasa Forum Perdana Ehwal Islam bersiaran langsung. Pak Man mengajarnya cara menarik minat pembeli mendapatkan lebih daripada satu produk.

Dia berkuli di kedai makan Abang Lan. Di sana, dia bukan saja belajar melayan pelanggan, tetapi juga belajar cara menyediakan air dan memasak juadah untuk pelanggan. Ada cara tertentu untuk memastikan air yang dibancuh sedap untuk diminum pelanggan. Kalau nak tahu rahsia membancuh secawan kopi yang sedap, dapatkan buku ini di sini. Sebahagian pengalaman di sini, bertahun kemudian digunakan untuk membuka rantaian warung Tu Dia! Char Kway Teow.

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Leaving Time

Jenna Metcalfe’s parents were scientists, who ran an elephant sanctuary. When she was three, tragedy strike. An employee of the sanctuary was killed after she was trampled by one of the elephants. Alice, Jenna’s mother, was found injured and unconscious at another part of the sanctuary.

Alice was rushed to the hospital. When she regained consciousness, she was informed that Jenna was missing. Alice checked out of the hospital and disappeared. Thomas, Jenna’s father, was committed to a mental institution shortly after.

Jenna was brought up by her grandmother, who refused to talk about her mother. For ten years, she wondered why her mother left.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna sought the help of Serenity (a psychic) and Virgil Stanhope (the cop who investigated the accident at the sanctuary). As the unlikely trio set on a quest to find the truth about what happened to Alice, Jenna’s memory of her childhood started to reveal a series of unexpected events. Would uncovering the truth be so painful that it would be better to bury the past?

This is my first Piccoult’s novel. A few days after finishing it, my head still reeled from the plot twist. Get this book from this store or that store.

Memoirs of Tan Sri Ani Arope

I bought this book online at Kinokuniya. When it arrived, I was rather disappointed that the book was so thin (139 pages). I thought a man like the late Tan Sri Ani Arope (TSAA), with his infinite wisdom, would have much to share.

TSAA was one of Malaysia’s prominent corporate figures, who was also well known for his wit and sense of humour.

The story started with his childhood. He was the fifth of seven children and grew up with a mother who was a single parent. Word War II broke when he was nine years old and with it came the hardship of war.

He fell in love for the first time when he was seventeen. It did not last long and they met again 60 years later through their children.

He attended a university in New Zealand, and upon returning home, started his career as an agronomist. Shortly after, he met a beautiful young woman who later became his wife. TSAA narrated about his challenges as the CEO of TNB and what led to his decision to resign.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mikael Blomkvist was a disgraced journalist. While he was picking up the pieces of his life, he was approached by Dirch Frode, a lawyer who worked for Henrik Vanger — a rich, influential and retired industrialist. Vanger wanted to hire Blomkvist to write his family biography, but that was only a pretext. His real mission was to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, Henrik’s niece, more than three decades ago.

Blomkvist had no interest in writing a biography and he doubted that he could unravel a three-decade mystery when even the best investigators failed to do so. But then, Henrik Vanger made him an offer he couldn’t resist – if Blomkvist accepted his offer, he would give Blomkvist evidence that can use against his nemesis.

While investigating Harriet’s disappearance, Blomkvist crossed path with Lisbeth Salander, an investigator who Frode hired to do a background check on Blomkvist before Vanger offered him the job. Salander and Blomkvist ended up working together to track down Harriet.

Lisbeth Salander was one of a kind. You can keep no secret from her. She lived by her own moral code. Together with Blomkvist, the pair were unstoppable. The dark secret they discovered about what led to Harriet’s disappearance was a horror beyond their imagination — a secret that if revealed, would destroy the Vanger family.

Even if you’re not into the crime/thriller genre, I highly recommend this novel. You won’t regret it. Get this novel from this store or that store.

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