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An Eat, Pray, Love of the African Safari from the Jane Goodall of white lions, Linda Tucker’s journal-style writing describes with unflinching honesty her fears, doubts, hopes, and dreams, all the while unfolding for us an unforgettable tale of adventure, romance, spirituality, and justice. Accompanied by dramatic photographs, Saving the White Lions ($19.95) shares how a life-threatening encounter with a pride of lions during a vacation in South Africa became a life-changing experience. Under the spiritual guidance of a wise medicine woman who saved her life in the African wilderness, Tucker abandoned her high-powered career to return to the pridelands and follow her destiny. As the appointed “keeper of the white lions,” legend became reality, as she rescued a snowy white lion cub believed to be Africa’s holiest animal, stood up against armed hunters, and ultimately even found her lion man.Linda Tucker grew up in South Africa during Apartheid and attended the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge (UK). In 2002, she founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust, an organization that works not only to protect the white lions, but also the indigenous communities and knowledge of the Tsonga and Sepedi cultures, which celebrate the white lion as a sacred living heritage. She is invited as guest speaker at international conservation congresses, and her work has been featured in documentaries produced by National Geographic and Animal Planet. She lives in the protected area neighboring South Africa’s Timbavati reserve with her partner, lion ecologist Jason A.Turner, together with the white lion prides they have reintroduced into the wild.
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Co-Sponsored by Bank of Marin If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired -- and Secretive -- Company Really Works ($16.99), Lashinsky will introduce readers to concepts like the DRI (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. Lashinsky, a Senior Editor at Large for Fortune, knows the subject cold: In a 2008 cover story for the magazine entitled "The Genius Behind Steve: Could Operations Whiz Tim Cook Run The Company Someday," he predicted that Tim Cook, then an unknown, would eventually succeed Steve Jobs as CEO.