A Life of Unexpected InfluencesPaperback - 2014
"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 tit≤ 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.