There are many books about overcoming obstacles, but this quintessential story of victory over limitations is unique. How many doctors have cerebral palsy? Not many. Yet this disability was part of the Great Physician’s plan for Tyler Sexton. Because of it, Tyler has become a role model for others facing adversity, including his patients. He has also become a humble healer who uses his heart and faith along with his intellect and training to help kids and give them hope. Tyler’s story has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and was the basis for many episodes of ABC’s new show The Good Doctor. This is a story of a man who says, “I’d rather walk with a limp in Christ than with a strut in the world”; who wears superhero T-shirts and tells his little patients they’re “super” too, despite their physical problems; and whose stint at a medical school in the Caribbean completely erased the islanders’ negative view of disability. Through this inspiring true story, people will be encouraged to face adversity with hope, determination, and the strength of Christ.
NISP BANK In the waning days of Dutch rule over Indonesia, a poor Chinese merchant bought the license to a bank named NV Nederlandsch Indische Spaar en Deposito (NISP) paid by his assets to the last pennies., and ran the bank successfully. By tradtition, he was obligated to express his gratitude for the fortune by paying homage to his ancestors burial place in China. His return to Indonesia, however, was hindered for a long 16 years. The responsibility for the bank, which had been ruined by senior managers' embezzlement, fell to his son-in-law, Karmaka, a teacher with only a high school degree. Through die-hard determination, and a noble personality of respect to elsders, true to his words, fair play with enemies, and compassion to the meeks, Karmaka overcame incredible calamities, including the national economic turmoil of 1960 and the Asian economic crisis of 1997, and grave threats to his health that resulted in risky liver and kidney transplants. Karmaka and his resourceful wife not only kept NISP alive and thriving, but also molded the character of their five children, two of whom became the bank's executives. A solid partnership with IFC-World Bank Group and OCBC Bank of Singapore has paved the way for NISP, recognized as the sole survivor from the past 70 years of Indonesian private banking history, to rise even further in the new millennium. "It has been really a pleasure and privilege to have Pak Karmaka as a very good friend and reliable partner for many years. We greatly admire his strong determination in saving as well as rebuilding Bank NISP and guiding the merger of OCBC and NISP. We have full confidence that our partnership in Bank OCBC NISP will be a truly successful one. - Mr Lee Seng Wee, former Chairman,OCBC Bank Group." Author Resume: DAHLAN ISKAN Mr. Dahlan Iskan is an accomplished entrepreneur and author of several best selling books. Starting as a reporter and driven by his extraordinary hard work and entrepreneurial skills, within 12 years Dahlan became the CEO of an ailing regional paper, Jawa Post, which, under his leadership, was transformed into a major news network with over 80 newspapers, tabloids, magazines and a series of TV stations and a book publisher. In December 2009, the Indonesian government appointed him to be the CEO of an ailing state-owned electrical company, PLN. Rather than demanding CEO perks, he drives his own car, lives in his own house, and asks for no bonuses (2). Dahlan is a civil servant with a golden heart. His appearance is unassuming, very simple and easy going. As a fellow liver transplant patient, Karmaka visited him to share how to care for a new liver, but Dahlan ended up discovering Karmaka's amazing life story. The narration became a book, which was an instant best seller that inspired people to face life's challenges and the younger generation to build their future. Translator Resume: SIMON RUSMIN Dr. Simon Rusmin is Karmaka's childhood friend and fellow teacher, who went to the USA, obtained his Ph.D. in Life Sciences and established his career as quality assurance manager/director of pharmaceutical / biotechnology companies. His life has been constantly intertwined with that of Karmaka and his family. He lauded Karmaka as an exemplar of Chinese descendants in South East Asia who fully give their lives for the prosperity of their home country.
After a string of failed relationships, thirty-five-year-old Madeline Majors worries her life will never be complete. Her obsession with having a child and her inability to conceive—even though a multitude of doctors have said there is nothing medically wrong with her—drives her to Madame Evangeline as her last resort. Garth Summers is a shape shifter with a problem. As Alpha of his pack, he must have an heir by the time he is fifty years of age or a new alpha is chosen from the eligible males in the pack. But as a wolf shifter, he can only conceive with his mate who he has yet to find. With only six weeks remaining, he turns to Madame Eve for help. Can a one-night stand bring two people the one thing they most desperately want, or will the reality of what they are send them both running?
No Such Thing as Justice is an epistolary novel about a woman who is up against the system. Through a series of diary entries, we follow Betty Benson’s life story, one that includes her relationships, and all the trouble they deliver to her. In no time, Betty is mom to two little kids, holding down as much work as she can while her son’s father neglects his parental responsibilities. She chases him but he ducks and weaves, exploiting systemic loopholes that condone the derelict’s behaviour and ignore the victim’s plight. Betty needs to secure custody of her child against a man who’s proven himself a risk, but she can’t afford the fight in a judicial infrastructure that equates justice with the ability to pay for it. Here is a universal story that plays out inside an all-too-familiar arena, where money trumps all. No Such Thing as Justice showcases effort and disappointment, betrayal and despair, and most of all a story of motherly love.
Alexis’s long-awaited second novel follows his award-winning Childhood. Set in Ottawa during the Mulroney years, Asylum is André Alexis’s sweeping, edged-in-satire, yet deeply serious tale of intertwined lives and fortunes, of politics and vain ambition, of the building of a magnificent prison, of human fallibility, of the search for refuge, of the impossibility of love, and of finding home. Whether he is taking us into the machinations of a government office or into the mysterious workings of the human heart, Alexis is always alert to the humour and the profound truth of any situation. His cast of characters is eccentric and unforgettable, all recognizable in one way or another as aspects of ourselves or people we know well. At the centre of the story, which covers almost a decade, is a visionary project to build an ideal prison, a perfect metaphor for the purest aspects of artistic ambition and for all that is great and flawed in the world. André Alexis is a true original, one of the most talented and astute writers writing in Canada today. This dazzling novel is filled with tragedy, dry wit, intellectual grist. It is playful, linguistically accomplished, and psychologically profound. Its yearnings constitute the highest level of human concerns and pursuits. Alexis has written The Great Canadian Novel, with a twist.
Radical Hope is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear, in view of the recent US presidential election. Including letters by Junot Díaz, Alicia Garza, Roxana Robinson, Lisa See, Jewelle Gomez, Hari Kunzru, Faith Adiele, Parnaz Foroutan, Chip Livingston, Mohja Kahf, Achy Obejas, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Cherríe Moraga, Kate Schatz, Boris Fishman, Karen Joy Fowler, Elmaz Abinader, Aya de León, Jane Smiley, Luis Alberto Urrea, Mona Eltahawy, Jeff Chang, Claire Messud, Meredith Russo, Reyna Grande, Katie Kitamura, iO Tillett Wright, Francisco Goldman, Celeste Ng, Peter Orner, and Cristina García.