Sutton G. Landry, Director
Small Business Development Center, College of Business, Northern Kentucky University:
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (Norton; $24.95).
"It combines two of my favorite things: baseball and statistical analysis. About 20 years ago a group of researchers started applying statistical techniques to baseball, challenging a lot of the conventional wisdom. It has taken a long time for the baseball establishment to realize that these guys were onto something. It also covers how the general manager of the Oakland A's is using the information to change how baseball rosters are put together and strategies are employed.
"It's a terrific read and a fascinating look at baseball."
Prospective second grader at Sharonville Elementary School who admits to sometimes hearing "stuff" at night:
Junie B. Jones Has A Monster Under Her Bed by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus (Imagination Studio; $3.99).
"It is funny because on one page she accidentally dribbled on her pillow and thought it was the monster. But it was really her spit on the pillow. She didn't really have a monster under her bed. She kept hearing bumps on the wall, which was really a big tree outside.
"What happened was her friend has a monster under her bed, too, and she asked her grandma to vacuum under the bed to get rid of the monster. It worked because she stopped hearing bumps on the wall and everything.
"It is a good book and made me laugh. It didn't scare me but some of 'em do."
De Asa Brown
President, Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce:
Leadership by the Book: Tools to Transform Your Workplace by Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels and Phil Hodges (Morrow; $20).
"It is about how to lead like Jesus, the greatest leader of all. In this day and age you don't know all of the Christians who are trying to lead like Jesus. It is about how to incorporate Jesus-like management principles into your every day life.
"I'm really trying to be part of this movement. It is not just some fad. We've come through the world of Enron, WorldCom and Martha Stewart. The time is really now for people to follow a leadership model that is truly about serving people and not about self. That's what I'm getting out of it, how to be a servant leader."
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