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Lawrence G. McDonald, former Vice President of Distressed Debt and Convertible Securities at Lehman Brothers spoke at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 at UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. The event was free and open to the public.

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McDonald discussed his recent book, “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers,” chronicling Lehman’s infamous demise. His exposé examines how the actions of a mere handful of people precipitated the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

At the conclusion of his lecture, McDonald signed copies of his book. McDonald’s appearance was sponsored by Jamison Financial Group LLC, UNC Asheville’s Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, and Office of Cultural and Special Academic Programs.


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Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts “just because,” to linger in our embrace. The things that say “I love you” seem to either not get said or not get through. This is a book about saying it—and hearing it—clearly. No gimmicks. No psychoanalyzing. Just learning to express love in your spouse’s language.

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With over 10 MILLION COPIES SOLD, The 5 Love Languages® has transformed countless relationships. Its ideas are simple and conveyed with clarity and humor, making this book practical as it is personable. You’ll be inspired by real-life stories and encouraged by its commonsense approach. Reading this book feels like taking a walk with a wise friend. Applying it will forever change your relationship—starting today.


Witness a realistic portrayal of a woman’s complex life in a book that will empower abused women to fight for their rights and emerge as confident, brilliant, and powerful.

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Birth of the Phoenix is a poignant yet gallant story of a woman whose marriage is filled not with love, but infinite pain and agony. Beth thought that her marriage to Jeff would save her from being alone after her parents’ death. Little did she know that Jeff would be her worst nightmare and her marriage would be hergreatest and most painful sacrifice. On the surface, people would think she had everything that she wanted. When in reality, she was like a pincushion that was constantly poked with pinches, punches, harsh words, evil looks, insults, and hostility. In short, she was an abused wife until a near-death incident changed everything.

From living in a hell-like marriage, with every moment with Jeff filled with nothing but fear and pain, Beth will reclaim her life and experience rebirth. She will emerge as an empowered woman who will fight for her rights and the safety of her child, free from Jeff’s hostility. Her battle in court has just begun. Will Beth triumph against Jeff, and will she be able to find true love? Read the book to find out.

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Through Birth of the Phoenix, readers will discover the essence and value of a woman and will understand the real meaning of a wife. Giving out insights on women’s rights, this powerful book will make a difference in every woman’s life.

Harriett B. Varney Miller has a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Harriett is actively involved with current social issues, including volunteering at the local crisis center, and having gone to New Orleans to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Birth of the Phoenix is her first novel. Harriett lives with her children in Massachusetts.

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Blue book cover with a flat white cloudIn his book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Burkeman explores society’s fixation on achieving happiness and argues that things like positive affirmations, intense goal-setting and avoidance of negative feelings actually have the effect of making people feel worse.

Goal setting, a popular life-planning strategy offered by self-help gurus, can be a valuable practice but only if a person doesn’t lose sight of everything else in their life, according to Burkeman.

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Coming to terms with the negativity in your life, the worst-case scenarios, the fears you have, is often a better approach to finding contentment than painting your situations over with positivity, Burkeman says.