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Missing Persons : A Life of Unexpected Influences
by Bruce Piasecki


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"An unpretentious, tactical, and sure-footed examination of the events that shaped his own life."

--Jay Parini, author of the best-selling historical novel, The Last Station

Bruce Piasecki's book on business strategy Doing More With Less the New Way to Wealth , was an immediate success, becoming a New York Times , USA Today , and Wall Street Journal bestseller.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"An unpretentious, tactical, and sure-footed examination of the events that shaped his own life."

--Jay Parini, author of the best-selling historical novel, The Last Station

Bruce Piasecki's book on business strategy Doing More With Less the New Way to Wealth, was an immediate success, becoming a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Indeed, Doing More With Less is not just a clever book title; it explains the core philosophy of a man, who propelled from an impoverished and fatherless childhood, became an internationally, sought-after resource for the world's largest corporations--from Toyota and Wal-Mart to Shell and Suncor Energy.

Those who helped and shaped Dr. Piasecki are the focus of his latest work Missing Persons A Life of Unexpected Influences. Indeed, in this set of 70 vignettes Piasecki channels his poetic side - a side that was first noticed at Cornell when his little-known book of poems was published under the title Stray Prayers in 1973. The memoir, one part autobiography, one part creative non-fiction and written in vignette form, recounts the author's formative relationships and experiences with intimacy and longing. Meet his mother, and father, his interracial brothers and sisters, his early and late business partners, his lovers, his daughter and his wife. It is told in a unique third person narrative that provides intrigue for the reader as they follow the protagonist through loss, passion, self-invention, a litany of fears and dreams - each revealed in eloquent prose. Through his uniquely informed perspective, Bruce allows us to understand the power of memory and how it influences us. The simplicity that made Doing More With Less a bestseller makes this new work not only compelling, but also life-affirming.

Missing Persons explores the meaning and power of memory, and offers an opportunity for the reader to pause, reflect, and recount the myriad of influences in their own lives.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780757004124
  • ISBN-10: 0757004121
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 9.07 x 5.96 x 0.53 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.78 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Piasecki (Doing More with Less), head of a management consulting firm, looks back at his eventful life in a fragmented, energetic memoir occasionally resembling the cut-up techniques of Burroughs and the stylistic methods of the New Journalism of the 1960s and 1970s. Piasecki started this book 17 years ago when his daughter, Colette, was born, recalling his hardscrabble childhood on Long Island and his journey to becoming a promising three-letter high school athlete, a Cornell University scholar, and a successful businessman. The key influences of his life include his rebellious Uncle Ziggy; his foster children, Edwin Torres and Suie Ying Chang; artist Frida Kahlo; writer Jay Parini; and his confidante Darlene, whom he loves as much as his mother, wife, and daughter. Piasecki's compulsively addictive memoir, combining rich cinematic touches and psychological elements of memory and dreams with dispassionate third-person narration, celebrates family life, marriage, reading, writing, and business achievement. B&w photos. (Feb.)

 
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