When she’s not writing, Dete Meserve serves as president of Wind Dancer Films, a film development, finance and production company based in Los Angeles and New York. The company has created such television hits as “Roseanne,” “Home Improvement,” and George Lopez’s latest series. In addition, the company has developed and produced successful features such as What Women Want, and the award-winning comedy Bernie starring Jack Black and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, among many other films. Her debut novel, Good Sam, was released earlier this year. Find Dete on her website, Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, and a cat that rules them all.
Here are the books currently by my bed.
Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . And Others Don’t by Jim Collins (Harper Business, 2001). There are dozens of business books out but few that answer the question of how a company that’s good can become great. Collins doesn’t make any guesses here. His research is based on studying 28 companies over five years and mining the data to find what characteristics the great companies have in common. The findings are surprising to any manager, entrepreneur or CEO who’s looking to get beyond being competent into greatness.
Six Years by Harlan Coben (Mass Market Paperback, 2014). I’ve devoured nearly every one of Coben’s mystery thrillers since Tell No One. Six Years follows professor Jake Fisher who watched his true love, Natalie, marry another man six years earlier. Natalie had warned him not to contact her and Jake keeps his promise until he sees an obituary for Natalie’s husband. Jake attends the funeral with the hopes of seeing Natalie but is shocked to find that the grieving widow is not Natalie. Suspense and the hope of reuniting with a lost love make this a gripping and emotionally charged thriller.
Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks (Grand Central Publishing, 2006). A memoir about a three-week trip around the globe that Nicholas and his brother embarked upon in their late 30s. I was drawn in first by the backdrop of the wonders of the world, but what makes this book special is the strong family bond these brothers have forged through tragedy, love and loss. It’s a journey of self-discovery and a powerful reminder to live life fully and passionately.
What could one surmise from your bedside reading? Are you devoted to a particular genre? Anything work-related? Are you a perpetual researcher? Come on, dish!